Bell Motivator Indoor Bike Trainer: assembly free and with awesome magnetic resistance

Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle TrainerCycling fanatics like me dread the onset of winter because with winter comes dark and chilly weather that prohibits outdoor cycling. In previous years, I was unable to sustain my fitness levels over the winter months and as a result, my performance in races held in spring suffered severely. Fortunately, that’s all a thing of the past. My wife (also a cyclist) bought me the Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle Trainer for my birthday and it has allowed me to weather the winter months without any significant drop in fitness.

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Strangely enough for someone so interested in bicycle modification, I am absolutely terrible at product assembly. Whether it’s a wooden table or a toy robot, assembling products is an impossible task for me. That’s why I was so glad to discover that the Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle Trainer does not require any assembly, giving it a significant advantage over many other more expensive stationary bike stands I’ve seen which require extensive assembly. I had this indoor bike stand up and running in less than two minutes.

When discussing indoor bike trainers, the most important question is, “How does this indoor trainer compare with outdoor cycling?” Well, the Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle Trainer provides such a smooth and steady ride, it comes as close to outdoor riding as any stationary bike trainer I’ve ever seen. This is the first indoor trainer I’ve used that employs magnetic resistance and I must say that the motion really is much more fluid and natural compared to more traditional bicycle trainers.

The magnetic resistance also makes for added realism in the indoor cycling experience thanks to the progressive resistance mechanism which amps up resistance as your cycling speed increases. I’m always drenched in sweat and panting hard at the end of each indoor cycling workout and that can only be a good sign.

Although this Bell bicycle trainer is fold-able, I found it to be extraordinarily durable. Fold-able bike trainers are notorious for their short lifespans, but this trainer has lasted me a year with no problems whatsoever. If any problems do crop up, the product comes with a five-year warranty for defects in materials or workmanship. However, given the high quality of this indoor bike stand, I’m confident I won’t be using the warranty anytime soon.

Good bang for your buck?

Of course, at the Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle Trainer’s relatively low price point (usually at just under $100), you wouldn’t expect a perfect indoor cycling experience. Definitely not in the quality league of the Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer, but definitely good value.

If I had to pick one thing to complain about, I’d say that this trainer could be a little quieter. At higher speeds, the whirr emitted by the machine is almost as loud as a vacuum cleaner. Still, as long as you don’t cycle late at night when your whole family is asleep, I don’t see this being a major problem. Plus, you can always use your favorite music to drown out the noise!

All in all, the Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle Trainer provides excellent value for money. This stationary bicycle stand’s relatively small size belies its top-notch quality and I’m sure I’ll be using this indoor trainer for years to come.

Welcome to the world of indoor bike stands & trainers!

elite real axiom reviewIf you’re on the hunt for an indoor bike trainer (often known as a stationary bike stand or even turbo trainer), my tips and reviews of many of the industry’s leading brands and models should make things a whole lot clearer for you.

I’m a semi-serious cyclist myself, and have purchased and tested a number of bikes AND indoor bike stands over the years (don’t ask my wife how much I’ve spent over the last couple of years!). The indoor trainers really boost my training schedule during those cold, winter months when it’s almost impossible to get out on the road (and hey, even in the summer months when it’s just too hot!).

After purchasing a top of the range model a while back, the CycleOps Fluid 2 trainer (a model I highly recommend), and getting asked by cyclist friends for my recommendations, I decided to set up this website to help them and YOU out. I’ve done all of the research and testing, you just have to decide what suits your training regime and your budget.

I’d highly recommend having a look at this to get started – these are the FIVE best stationary bike trainers you should consider for 2017, ranging from the very cheapest, super-value bike stands to the ultimate riding experience for the more serious cyclists of you. If money is less of an issue and you’re looking for something top-notch, take a look at the 3 best trainers money can buy – or perhaps it’s even time to buy yourself one of the latest smart trainers? In addition, our much researched Comparison table will give you an amazingly quick overview of all the models out there, including ratings, weight and price. It’s pretty much the perfect buying guide, and is constantly being updated, so check it out!

And I also have the perfect companion to a new bike trainer – my guide to the TEN must-have cycling accessories that any keen cyclist will want to have to get the absolute maximum out of their training session, especially if you are setting up your own man cave! It was originally written for Christmas, but all of the accessories are perfect for any time of the year and will help enhance your training session – from the best cycling shoes, to iPhone holders, to massage sticks, I cover some of the best out there!

For beginners, or any of you just confused by the range of options and possibilities, I’d recommend you see our FAQ, a comprehensive set of questions (and their answers) that should hopefully answer any question you might have, including:

  • I’m a beginner, what trainer do you recommend?
  • Are there any decent trainers under $100?
  • I’m a serious/pro cyclist – what trainers should I consider?
  • Are there any trainers for 29 inch wheels?
  • Can I use my mountain bike on an indoor trainer?
  • How can I stay motivated for boring indoor riding sessions?

Wrapping it up, here are some additional must-reads for those of you getting into indoor trainers this season:

3 major reasons why you need to buy a stationary bike stand

OK, so you’re still not convinced that an indoor bike / turbo trainer will suit your style, your budget, or even your flat/house – but perhaps these 3 killer benefits will persuade you…

1: Having a stationary bike trainer at home means you’re never going to have an excuse for not training during those cold, wet winter months! OK, it can be hard to get motivated, but trust us, there are ways to stay motivated, and yes, stay in great shape throughout the winter. If you’re a serious cyclist, a trainer can seriously make a difference for when the cycling season kicks in once again; and if you’re a beginner or a casual cyclist, stay in shape and improve your overall technique in a fun, sporty way (while you watch TV, use your iPad, or simply read a book!)!

2: They are compact AND portable AND cheap. So forget about not having enough space in your small, cozy apartment, or having enough money. Most of the bike trainers on the market today are compact enough to fit the smallest of houses and apartments (heck, some are even foldable!), and quiet enough to ensure that if you do have a small apartment, your neighbors and loved ones will never know you just put in a sweaty, 60-minute session that stretched beyond midnight. And yes, there are some great value indoor bike trainers for less than $80 – compare that to your annual gym fees!

stationary bike stand3: You dictate the training session – and buy that we mean the pace, the effort, the time invested. The thing about an indoor trainer is that you choose exactly when and how to start training, and you no longer have to worry about the weather and how it might, quite literally, put a dampener on your training efforts. If you’re somewhat of a serious cyclist, concentrate on enhancing your skills on your own finely-tuned bike to improve your cycling form; likewise if you’re a beginner/casual cyclist, decide what works for you – you’re the one in the saddle!

Good Luck – and if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!