A true cyclist never stops training. A champion trains as hard during the cold and dark winter months as he does during the warm and sunny summer months. Loss of fitness during the off-season has often hurt my early season performance, so I decided to adopt a non-stop year-round training regime by purchasing a stationary bike stand. My fellow cyclists highly recommended the Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer, so I decided to take their advice, and grabbed a second-hand deal. I was never a big fan of indoor cycling, but you can now consider me a convert.
Prior to my purchase of the Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer, my only encounters with indoor bicycle trainers involved cheap, supermarket-brand trainers that did virtually nothing besides locking your bike in place so you could cycle on the spot. That’s why this Schwinn indoor trainer was such a welcome sight. I love that it offers five resistance levels for progressive training. It helps me train harder because I have a goal to work towards and believe me, getting from one level to the next is not easy. I’m a seasoned cyclist, but I still struggle to cycle at high speeds on the fourth and fifth resistance levels. This awesome stationary bike stand has not only prevented my fitness level from stagnating during the cycling off-season, but has actually helped me improve my fitness levels.
I also love how quiet this bicycle trainer is. When I’m cycling outdoors, I’m never bored because there’s no shortage of things to see, ranging from birds in flight to little children playing. Cycling indoors is another matter altogether. Without any visual or aural stimuli, indoor bike training can get boring really fast. With lower-end bicycle trainers, it’s difficult to watch television or listen to music while riding because the bike stand produces a loud, high-pitched whirring noise that completely drowns out any form of entertainment. This is not a problem with the Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer. It isn’t completely silent, but the noise it emits is nothing more than a soft hum or purr. I can watch my favorite television shows and listen to my favorite tunes without any difficulty and that helps to distract me from my physical pain, allowing me to break new physical barriers in my indoor bicycle training.
Pros and Cons of the Schwinn Magnetic Trainer
The only disadvantage of this trainer is its weight. If you’re looking for a portable stationary bike trainer, this is certainly not the indoor bicycle trainer for you. Although it folds up for easy storage, its heavy duty metal frame makes it a pain in the neck to carry. However, as its solid metal frame makes it sturdier and more stable, I can deal with the trainer’s lack of portability.
As far as stationary bike stands go, it’s affordable (usually selling at around the $100 mark), performs extremely well and is a fantastic alternative for serious cyclists in the off-season.