We get asked this question a fair bit, and to honest, with the number of times we’ve explained it, the easiest way is to simply share a video with you. Visual aids always rock, right? And this video will also hopefully help our fingers out too, as we’ve typed out more than enough answers 🙂
The video features the skewer for the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine, but don’t worry, it’s pretty much the same process for all bike trainers.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!
We know that once you’ve got your new stationary bike trainer up and running, you’ll be biting at the chomp to get those legs pumping!
And if you’re lucky enough to get some training DVDs with your trainer (which some models do come with), stick them in the DVD player and start training! However, most of you probably won’t know how to really get going with your trainer, and more importantly, how to really get more power and endurance from your training sessions.
This is where this great video comes in – we recently discovered it on YouTube, and it really does provide some great tips (here’s another of their great videos here).
Included in the video:
How to elevate your heart rate and your overall working threshold
How to refine your cycling technique and increase muscular endurance
With those autumnal evenings already kicking in, we thought it was about time we reminded you of some of the very best stationary trainers out there, just to keep your winter training session in gear!
With wet and windy weather soon on its way (hands up who’s missing the summer already?), there are, of course, a number of indoor biking stand types to consider, depending on your budget and preferences. In this post, we’ve come up with FIVE stationary bike trainers that we highly recommend, ranging from old popular models that are always big sellers throughout the winter, to a couple of newer models we’ve come across recently.
I’m pretty certain one of these will do a very fine job this coming winter – and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.
The Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer is a fluid-based bike stand that really will have your winter biking sessions right on track. Its unique magnetic drive system ensures that, unlike other fluid-chamber stands, this one won’t leak. No need for the usual rings and seals that often break down with extended use – the Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer will keep on keeping on! It’s also a very quiet stand, very durable and stable, and fits wheels up to 29″. And although it’s one of the more expensive stationary bike stands out there, it’s also one of the very best.
The stationary bike stand that will keep the budget-conscious VERY happy
I think we’re all aware of how much the economy has been biting many of us very hard over the last couple of years (at least), so a budget friendly stationary stand is always a good thing, right? We did a review of the best bike stands out there for under $80, but the Indoor Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand shipped by CyclingForLess is a superb option from those we reviewed. Stable and durable, it’s also fold-able, a great plus for those with minimal storage space. It might be a little noisier than our fave the Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer, but it truly is really great value!
Quality for beginners and pros alike: the Blackburn Tech Mag 6
If your budget can’t quite stretch to the Kurt Kinetic, but you want a little more than the budget option we listed above, then I’d highly recommend the Blackburn Tech Mag 6 Trainer. Priced at typically the $200 mark, this bike trainer is perfect for whatever level you ride at. With SIX levels of resistance, which can be easily adjusted from your handlebar, this is one bike stand we’ve enjoyed immensely (my son too!). Made of tubular steel, this trainer is also very hardy and stable, yet suitable for road and mountain bikes.
Regularly voted as top choice for pros: the 1Up USA
A stationary bike stand that we’ve recently come across is the 1Up USA, a stand that has been regularly pulling in the top votes in online cycling forums (such as MountainBikeReview.com) for the last few years. To be honest, this one you won’t find in online stores like Amazon (bit of a shame for those hoping on a seasonal discount), but it has proven very popular among pros and keen enthusiasts. A great reason to purchase this one is its Centrifugal Pressure Resistance, which many suggest gives a more realistic ride.
One for the biker who has everything: the Tacx Fortius
If you, or a loved one, is a biker that has tried and tested the various stationary trainer models out there, then consider the ultimate bike trainer, the Tacx Fortius! Coming in two versions, the iMagic and the Multiplayer, this bike stand comes at a price (over $1000) but uses Virtual Reality as part of a system that you literally plug in to, meaning you can turn your training session into the complete lifelike road session, complete with races against others!
The Tacx Fortius is definitely one for the serious biker, and one with deeper pockets. And our tip: try the cheaper iMagic model, which seems to have gotten better reviews on Amazon. Also see the official Tacx website for more.
After receiving a couple of emails with questions regarding how to set up your Kurt Kinetic Road Machine trainer (see our review), I decided to hunt down a video to show you exactly what’s what. In my opinion, there’s nothing quite like seeing a video for the perfect visual guide…and this video is perfect!
If you were looking for a quick video on how to insert the skewer into your rear wheel, see this great little video.
But even these great models could do with a bit of maintenance now and again, just to keep them in tip top condition. So we’ve collected a few top tips for you below just to help you maintain your trainer, which can generally be applied to whatever model you have:
Clean the Roller: This can be a very simple step, but can often be the root of future troubles. Simply get some window cleaner, or regular cleaning fluid with alcohol in it, smother some on a nice soft cloth, and gently rub the roller, moving it around as required.
Lubricate the L-Bolt: Take some drip chain lube and lubricate the thread of the L-bolt (the bolt that tightens the resistance unit).
Lubricate the Threaded Rods: Another element of your trainer that will require lubrication is the threaded rods that you fix your rear wheel to. Again, use the drip chain lube to lubricate both sides.
Tighten the frame bolts: Just to ensure your stationary bike stand is stable and in good working order, it’s always good practice to tighten the frame bolts, meaning the leg bolts and mounting bolt where the resistance unit joins the stand. These should be tightened periodically.
Store when not in use: To ensure your trainer doesn’t get dust-filled and accidentally knocked over, it’s always a good idea to store it away, if possible.
And the video below will also give you some visual pointers…
We’ve been fans of the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine ever since we purchased it some time ago, and this more advanced stationary bike stand from the Kurt Kinetic family is one we’ve been salivating about ever since we spotted it a few months back.
It’s not a cheap option, and is often advertised around the $500 mark, but that extra few dollars might just be the best $$$ you ever spent! Check out the video near the end of this article for some more convincing!
Getting a feel for the road is almost impossible to replicate indoors, but this Rock and Roll Trainer is the closest you’re ever going to get. Really. No bull. This trainer has a unique side to side rocking action that simulates those long hill climbs and engages those muscles that no other stationary stand can reach!
I don’t think there’s any question that this stand will make you a more complete rider, especially during those off-road months.
This awesome trainer employs both a Road Resistance unit and a unique rolling frame to mimic the natural movement of riding out on the open road. And don’t worry about wondering whether or not the resistance will suit you – you can adjust it as you need to ensure you get the right rocking motion suited to your riding style. The frame itself is superbly built, as you’d expect from Kurt Kinetic, it’s made of stainless steel and is 6.35cm in diameter, which you’ll find is larger than pretty much all the stationary trainers we’ve ever come across.
The flywheel on this Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer is also one of the heaviest around, coming in at 6.25 pounds (2.84kg), which is what really helps give that authentic riding experience, as the momentum builds when you’re starting to gain some speed, maintaining that speed, and even slowing down. Read more about the amazing Kurt Kinetic resistance unit.
All in all, the basics you need for any training session indoors are also here: the stand is very smooth, very quiet, and easily folds away for easy storage.
We’d also mention it’s probably worth buying the Turntable Riser Ring from Kinetic (click here to see and buy), just to go all-out on the authentic riding experience. The movement offered by this rising ring will complete your indoor training session to a T!
So, do you get bang for your buck with the Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer?
Well, if you’re serious about your cycling, and want to get the ultimate ride during the off-season, complete with the real riding to-and-fro motion, then this is the bike trainer stand for you. It does cost a fair bit, but from our own experience with Kurt Kinetic bike stands, we have no doubts at all as to the quality you’ll be getting with this one. And, of course, it makes our list of best bike stands for 2014.
There are plenty of happy reviewers online with this Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer, from beginners to the more serious cyclists, so yes, plenty of bang for your buck!
It might be the height of summer when you read this, or deep into winter, it really doesn’t make a difference. Because whenever you set up your stand, the weather can do whatever it likes! You’ll be safe at home/in the office, getting your training session in whatever the elements are throwing down in your neighborhood.
As we’re still in the throes of summer, check out our Top THREE bike stands for the season. As the fall approaches, watch out for our upcoming winter posts, including a review of some of the very best cycling accessories you’ll want in your Christmas stocking!