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5 BEST bike trainers 2017: the ultimate buyer’s guide

bestselling bike trainers 2017

If you’re looking for the very best bike trainer for 2017, we’ve done pretty much all of the homework for you with this great little list for would-be buyers…

We know it’s not always easy sifting through all that info online, and hey, even through all those reviews on our own website, what with all the models we’ve tried and tested over the years. But we’ve done our absolute best to create the ultimate Top 5 list of bike trainers out there, a list that will surely take your indoor training efforts to the next level.

And yes, there is something for everyone on this list, so whatever your budget and cycling level there’s something for you to enjoy. The range of indoor trainers we’ve included in this list ranges from a very budget friendly $70 trainer to a pricey but extremely classy trainer that will set you back over a grand (and comes highly recommended for the serious/pro cyclists of you out there).

Yep, these really are the best bike trainer options out there in 2017, in our very humble opinion. And yes, with one of these trainers in your training arsenal, you can seriously start expecting some very decent results…

Budget-friendly and AMAZING value for any beginner: the Ohuhu Magnet Steel trainer!

ohuhu magnet trainer reviewThis bike trainer only recently came onto our radar, but we have to say, this HAS to be on your radar if you’re looking for a trainer with tremendous value (we’re talking a typical online price of around $80).

Seriously, if your budget is on the conservative side, or you’re just getting started with indoor trainers, this is an excellent choice. Some might say it’s a direct copy of this bestseller from Magnet, but we feel there’s just that wee bit more in this one to warrant its selection as one of the very best budget trainers of 2017!

There’s a LOT to love with this trainer, including a heavy-duty frame that also folds up (and ensures it can be easily stored away), adjustable internal resistance settings that are controlled via the handlebar (thanks to some awesome inbuilt magnets), skid-resistance feet, and perhaps most importantly, it’s a very quiet trainer, even when the wolves are at your feet!

Read our full review here.

If you’re looking for additional budget options, check out the best THREE bike trainers for less than $80!

A revamped classic for the smart tech generation: the Kurt Kinetic Rock n Roller!

kurt kinetic rock n roll smartThe Kurt Kinetic’s Rock n Roller has long been on our featured list of trainers. With a revamped version recently released to take on the ever developing world of smart technology compatible trainers, this could be your ultimate ride through the off-season.

The major factor in choosing this smart version of the Rock n Roller is its Inride Sensor. If you love your details and performance data, this sensor will give you pretty much all the data tracking and workout details you’ll ever need. And we can’t emphasize how important some of that data (speed and heart rate to cadence) can be for the serious cyclist; while your competitors are piling on the pounds/losing fitness over the off-season, you’ll be primed and ready for the spring!

Accompanying the Inride Sensor is the inRide app, which does an amazing job of collecting and transforming that data into workout suggestions, modifying its built-in workout programs according to the data the sensor provides.

Together with the fact that this smart trainer from Kinetic handles like a dream (that rocking motion is a big big plus) and can cater to almost any wheel size, its price tag of around $550 is excellent value for money, especially when some of today’s smart trainers are breaching a grand.

Read our full review here.

One of the BEST trainers your money can buy: the CycleOps PowerBeam Pro!

PowerBeam Pro 2017This trainer is seriously going to make some improvements to your fitness levels over the winter. And if you’re after something ANT+ friendly, with real-time analysis of your riding sessions, this is the beast for you.

I’ll be honest, this trainer is going to put a hefty dent in your wallet, as you’ll be lucky to find it under $1000. However, the big bonus with this trainer is that it uses ANT+, ensuring you get crucial performance data on ANT+ cycling computers that provide you with real-time analysis as you ride. So yes, if you’re looking to tweak and improve your riding, this is an amazing tool to have on your side.

Enjoy an integrated PowerTap power meter for some awesome metrics, including power in watts, power zones, peak power, caloric expenditure in kilojoules, cadence, heart rate, and much more. The Mini ANT+ USB stick (included with the trainer) also lets you control the resistance from your computer (this means you can also use CycleOps’ Virtual Training app for auto-syncing sessions with virtual training routes)!

Other crucial selling points: it’s extremely quiet (CycleOps states it generates a reasonable 69-70 decibels when riding at 20mph), and you can attach most road and mountain bike frames, with support for 650b, 700c, 26 inch, 27 inch, and 29 inch wheel sizes, with tires up to 2.25 inches wide.

Note this trainer also comes in a Bluetooth Smart version, but apparently connectivity issues persist with it, so we’d recommend sticking with this ANT+ version.

Read our full review here.

Another smart-tech option: the awesome value Tacx Vortex Smart Ergo Trainer!

Tacx Vortex Smart ReviewSmart trainers have recently become the trend to watch out for in the bike trainer wold in 2017, but with many of the recently released models topping a grand, smart trainers are out of reach for many. And then came along the Tacx Vortex Smart Ergo trainer.

What can we say, except “buy it if you’re after a great smart trainer”!

Seriously, this Tacx trainer packs a seriously smart punch – for less than $500. With a quick and stable connection ensuring your trainer is responsive to the smart app that comes with the trainer, you’ll soon be enjoying the likes of Zwift and other similar software (including the included Tacx software).

With excellent resistance (thanks to 16 inbuilt magnets) that you can crank up to a whopping max of 950 watts, excellently accurate workout calculations, and awesome electro-brake technology coming into its own and registering delicate changes in speed, this is one indoor riding experience you won’t need any motivational pep-talks for!

Read our full review here.

One of our personal faves: the awesome CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer!

Cycleops Fluid 2 Trainer(EDITOR’S CHOICE) This bike trainer from CycleOps has long been in our personal arsenal of off-season training tools. It has been around for some time, but after recently being revamped and redesigned, it still remains an excellent option for 2017.

Simply one of the best value trainers on this list (coming in at around $300), we’ve probably had more training sessions on this beast than any other trainer out there. Still quiet, still classy, and yes, still an indoor riding experience to savor.

With excellent resistance, a new larger flywheel delivering twice the inertia (read about the resistance technology from CycleOps here), Powerband technology ensuring a wide resistance range to work with, a self-cooling mechanism that keeps the unit performing better and for longer, plus a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, this is an excellent choice for the beginner, keen cyclist, and even the hardened pro.

Read our full review here.

Quick glance comparison

Below is a table summarizing the best bike trainers in this bestsellers of 2017 list, so you can see at-a-glance what ticks all your boxes before reading more about each trainer…if you’re still not sure what type of trainer you really need, check out our quick guide for assistance.

NOTE: The ratings are review ratings currently listed on Amazon

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Model
Pros
Rating
Price Range
Kinetic Rock and Roll TrainerKurt Kinetic Rock and Roll TrainerThe ultimate realistic indoor riding experience, expensive but quality

Read our REVIEW
4.4$$$$$

ohuhu magnet trainer reviewOhuhu Magnet Steel TrainerAdjustable internal resistance levels, quiet, skid-resistant feet, wide frame, excellent value.

Read our REVIEW
4.3$

PowerBeam Pro 2017CycleOps PowerBeam ProPerfect for pros with ANT+ compatibility for real-time analysis, quiet, lifetime warranty from CycleOps!

Read our REVIEW
5.0$$$$$

Cycleops Fluid 2 TrainerCycleops Fluid 2Infinite resistance, self-cooling, one of the best!

Read our REVIEW
4.5$$$$$

Tacx Vortex Smart ReviewTacx Vortex Smart ErgoTrainerSmart technology, intuitive, electro-brake technology, best value smart trainer!

Read our REVIEW
4.2$$$$$


What types of bike trainer are out there in 2017 – and what type should I buy?

So yes, we know it can get a little confusing when trying to work out which type of indoor trainer best suits your needs, but we’ve wrapped up the main types you need to take into consideration for 2017 below…

Smart trainers

Tacx Vortex Smart ReviewWithout a doubt, smart trainers are the future of indoor training. With their ability to connect to a variety of applications and sensors, smart trainers are for the keen to pro rider who needs that extra data available – or for those who just want to ride with their buddies on multi-rider platforms like Zwift. We’ve already uncovered a couple of great smart trainers, but the Tacx Vortex we mentioned above is one of the best value smart trainers we’ve come across. But watch this space because we’re sure there are some interesting developments ahead, and not just in 2017…

Fluid trainers

Fluid trainers are about as real as you’re going to get to an authentic on-road sensation. They typically generate resistance through a magnetic flywheel which combines with a fluid chamber inside the flywheel. So as you hit those pedals harder, the fluid in the chamber gets hotter, which means that the trainer’s resistance becomes more challenging as you continue.

Expect to pay a few more $$$ than most of the other types listed here, since these types of trainers (our own favorite is the CycleOps Fluid 2 trainer listed above) certainly provide quality, with most of the models out there today also proving they are leak-proof (a well-known problem in earlier fluid type trainers). If you want to go for a pivoting, and truly awesome fluid trainer, take a look at the Kurt Kinetic Rock n Roller (see above), now updated with a smart-friendly version!

Magnetic trainers

Magnetic trainers generate resistance via a magnetic flywheel, the adjustable magnetic resistance creating drag against your bike’s wheel. They are typically on the cheaper side, and generally easy to setup and move about. However, the resistance is limited and for the serious cyclist this can soon cause an issue as you’ll reach your max resistance fairly swiftly. They also tend to be noisier than fluid trainers, a point those of you living in apartments may want to consider.

A good budget-friendly example of a magnetic stationary stand is the Ohuhu Steel trainer, which we included above.

Rollers

NashbarRollersRollers are a whole different ball game; instead of attaching your bike to the trainer, as in the above models, you attempt to ride the bike on the rollers themselves, trying not to fall flat on your face! Certainly takes some practice, but rollers are a great way to work on your balance and positioning.

They typically are seen as a good value option, often coming in at much cheaper than the prime fluid or direct drive models. Some people swear by them, others can’t stand them – it’s entirely up to you! Don’t miss this review of the Top 5 bike rollers for a guide to the very best rollers out there.

Direct Drive trainers

lemond revolution 1.1Direct drive trainers are fairly new to the scene of indoor training, but are a great option for the serious cyclist. You can also save some serious $$$ on tires, since these trainers work on the concept of removing your bike’s rear wheel completely, and slotting it into a direct drive on the trainer. Quick and easy to setup, especially with today’s modern bikes that now all come with a quick-release skewer.

Two direct drive options we’ve been very impressed with: the CycleOps Silencer and the Lemond Revolution 1.1.

Virtual Reality trainers

If your budget is limitless and you really want the ultimate indoor ride, try a virtual trainer, which basically transforms your ride into a living PlayStation/XBox experience! Expect to pay some serious $$$ – for example, watch this video of the Tacx iGenius Virtual Trainer, it might just knock your socks off! You can buy it on Amazon, just be aware that it will cost you upwards of $1000.

We should probably point out that the concept of “virtual” trainers will probably disappear, what with the ever-growing range of smart trainers and direct drive trainers (see above), and their ability to connect with a range of appliances and software.

Wind trainers

In all honesty, don’t even bother with wind trainers. They’re generally noisy, and in our opinion, are outdone by fluid and decent magnetic trainers.


The 5 BEST stationary bike stands to consider buying in 2015

UPDATE: We have a new updated list for 2017 right here.

With 2015 now nearing its final few weeks, it’s time to take a look at some of the stationary bike trainers you should be looking at buying in 2015.

There are some great options out there for all budgets and skill levels and we’ve tested many of them, and reviewed a fair number too. Trainers range in price from around $50-60 to well over the $300 threshold; and while some indoor trainers out there aren’t always what they should, or could, be, we’ve collected the FIVE trainers we think you really should be considering in 2015.

The deciding factor for us in selecting them here is the quality and value for money you can get from each bike trainer. Because let’s face it, we all work hard for the money, and getting the best value for our hard-earned dollars is an absolute must in this day and age.

So, expect to add one of these to your training regime real soon…

Ever classy for 2015: the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine

Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer ReviewThe Kurt Kinetic Road Machine truly is one of the best stationary bike trainers money can buy. We’ve been riding one (on and off) for over 3 years now, and have to say the trainer is one of the best we’ve ever experienced.

The Road Machine is a fluid-based bicycle trainer perfect for the serious cyclist who wants to get some serious winter training under their belts. Renowned for its non-leaking fluid chamber and a huge flywheel that means stability and resistance, the Road Machine will even take wheels up to 29 inches.

Not the cheapest trainer out there, but with the superb brand of Kurt Kinetic behind it, this is one trainer where you get amazing bang for your buck. The trainer was also redesigned in 2014, tweaking that perfection even higher!

We highly recommend this one – read our full review here.

HOT TIP: Grab the Kurt Kinetic training mat too, it’s a perfect match and will enhance your training session immensely!

Another long-time bestseller: the CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer

Cycleops Fluid 2 TrainerAnother superb indoor trainer you should take into consideration is the CycleOps Fluid 2. The CycleOps trainer has the brand name of CycleOps behind it, instantly recognizable by the serious cyclists of you out there. As a result, it’s not hard to see why this trainer has long featured on the bestseller lists on online stores like Amazon.

We have enjoyed a number of sessions ourselves on this baby (see our review here), and just recently ordered one for ourselves, as it looks like CycleOps have done some minor but superb renovations this year and created an even better Fluid trainer. We’ll be posting some updates about that soon, so keep an eye out for them!

It’s priced a little cheaper than the Kinetic Road Trainer (see above) and in our opinion is almost on the same level, so well worth purchasing.

Budget heaven for 2015: the cheap and cheerful Magnet Trainer

Magnet Steel TrainerIgnore the bad instructions that come with this trainer; this has to be the best value trainer you’ll comer across online.

We’re still not sure how they built this stand so cheaply in order for it to sell for around $50-60, but there are a ton of happy customers and reviewers online so they are obviously doing something right.

Obviously it’s cheap, and perfect for those of you looking to invest “lightly” in a training regime, or for the beginners of you out there who are not so keen to invest $200+ in a trainer just yet…it also has five resistance settings that seem to keep most beginners happy, is fairly solid, and some even suggest its fairly quiet. Read more about it here.

One caveat we have to add here: you typically get what you pay for. So don’t expect a fancy training stand with this one, because it’s really not. Although it could be your gateway to a new indoor training hobby! And if you’re looking for alternative budget options, don’t miss our guide to the best trainers under $80.

Top quality that often gets overlooked: the Cascade Fluid Pro

Cascade Fluid ProWe discovered this trainer in 2014, and have to say, were mightily impressed.

The Cascade Fluid Pro doesn’t have the big name branding behind it like the CycleOps and Kurt Kinetic mentioned above, but this trainer is another one built to last with tremendous quality. The thermally sealed fluid chamber, for example, should see leak-free sessions for some years…

It’s also notoriously quick and easy to setup, is very stable when setup, and gives one heck of a smooth, quiet ride. Of course there are cheaper trainers out there, but as we’re talking about the BEST trainers to consider buying in 2015, this one has to be on the list!

As an added bonus, this trainer comes with its own riser stand, something that other trainers don’t, and which can set you back another $20. Read our full review of the Cascade Fluid Pro here.

So real you can almost feel the wind in your hair: the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roller

Kinetic Rock and Roll TrainerWell, no list of the best stationary bike stands is complete without this one, the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roller.

If you’re looking for a bike trainer that really does offer you the realism of being out on the road, then this trainer is for you. It doesn’t come cheap – it’s typically priced at around $500 – but this is one for the serious cyclists of you out there, those of you who really want to get the ultimate ride in your training sessions.

Why is it so expensive? we hear you cry…well, its unique side to side rocking action is what makes it so special. So special, it really does feel like you are climbing a hill when you get pedaling. Yes, it almost feels like you can feel the breeze around your ears! And thanks to a large flywheel, that stability and resistance is also there to really get those legs pumping.

Highly recommended if you can afford to spend a few more more $$$.

Read our full review of the Rock and Roller here.

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Don’t forget to read our Buying Guide which provides a quick summary of many of the leading stationary trainers out there on the market today!

And if money isn’t an issue, check out the BEST 3 trainers money can buy!

 

The Top 5 Bike Rollers: the five best realistic alternatives to stationary trainers

We’ve seen a lot of interest recently in bike rollers. You know, those frame-like devices you place on the floor and then ride your bike on.

Some people love ’em, some people loathe ’em.

But as we’ve developed this website out, and seen the interest grow in accessories and other areas, we thought it was about time we gave you the lowdown on the very best rollers out there. For sure, some of you see them as a real option for a realistic, alternative riding experience to bike trainers, while others of you are less convinced.

The one thing we will certainly testify to, is that while it’s important to train up those leg muscles and improve aerobic muscles, what often sets the best cyclists apart in cycling competitions is their technical handling. While indoor cycling using a stationary bike trainer is an excellent way to ramp up your fitness, you rarely get a chance to practice your cycling technique when you’re cycling in your living room (perhaps only the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roller comes close though). That’s why a bike roller could make the difference.

Cycling on top of a roller forces you to truly balance your bicycle – just like you’d have to out on the road or biking trail – for a more realistic and holistic training session. As we mentioned, some of you love them, others see them as plain hard work…if you need some tips on how to successfully ride a roller, don’t miss our FIVE awesome tips for riding rollers like a pro!

So here they are, our five picks for the best indoor bike rollers on the market!

Nashbar Reduced Radius RollerNashbar Reduced Radius Roller

The Nashbar Reduced Radius Roller is one quiet, efficient machine. Cycling on this stationary roller is incredibly smooth, thanks to the CNC machined aluminium drums and sealed cartridge bearings. This ensures you’ll never need to stop in the middle of a training session to tinker with the roller – you can just get on with it! The base of this Nashbar roller is also splendidly designed, featuring no less than three sets of feet to create a stable base for your indoor training. These are covered with special plastic fittings to protect your floor. Nashbar always turns out value-for-money products, but at just under $150 this Nashbar roller is (even for Nashbar) a truly surprising bargain!

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CycleOps Training Roller

CycleOps Training Roller

This is a bicycle roller that oozes class. The solid steel frame as well as the innovative folding system reveal the superb design and build quality you’d expect from CycleOps, quite possibly the leading manufacturer of cycling training tools out there (and yes, we love their Fluid Trainer!). This roller delivers a simply perfect riding experience. The PVC rollers are precision-lathed and when combined with the precision steel drums, you get a slick, safe and quiet ride that’s second to none. What’s more, the sheer realism of training with this roller has to be experienced to be believed. We’ve no doubt that within weeks, you’ll find your reflexes and handling have improved by leaps and bounds. Certainly not the cheapest option, but when you throw in a limited lifetime warranty together with the quality on offer, you’ve got the most complete bike roller out there. Simply put, CycleOps has done it again!

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Kreitler Kompact RollerKreitler Kompact Challenger Roller

This Kreitler roller may not come cheap, but it’s truly capable of taking your training to the next level. Kreitler has included various sizes of aluminum drums and by using drums of different diameters, you can adjust the amount of resistance you encounter. The smaller the diameter, the higher the resistance – this bike roller is thus just as useful for improving aerobic fitness as it is for honing your bike handling skills. Remember, though, that the blower and weighted flywheels should not be used with the 3” and 2.25” drums or your warranty might be voided – the resistance is high enough with these drums as it is. The drums feature polycarbonate end caps which have a longer lifespan, contributing to the product’s already impressive durability. If you’re going to be training hard and very often, we recommend you bite the bullet and invest in this high-end roller. It’s worth it in the long run.

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Tacx Antares RollerTacx Antares Roller

These mid-range bicycle rollers strike a good balance between quality and affordability. They’re not the fanciest rollers out there, but they get the job done and will give you plenty of mileage to boot with their heavy-duty construction that’s built to take a beating. Despite the high-quality materials, this Tacx roller is surprisingly portable. It can be collapsed to 80 cm and is relatively light, making this an ideal choice if you need a roller to warm up before a race. Finally, with Skyliner front wheel support, this is one of the more stable and secure rollers out there. That should give you enough peace of mind to focus on your training.

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Alloy Indoor Bike Roller

Alloy Indoor Roller

This budget roller can be found for less than $150, but don’t let its low price fool you. Its design is economical but very hardy. If you use it sensibly, you are unlikely to have any issues with durability. Our cycling experience with this Alloy roller was constantly challenging and it really pushed our steering skills to the limit, making it a worthy addition to any cyclist’s arsenal. This roller is ideal for hobbyists looking to train indoors once in a while. Do note that it’s not the quietest roller around and its performance will be somewhat impaired if you have a very heavy bike (or are a very heavy cyclist), but at this price it’s a fantastic bargain.

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In Summary…

Getting some indoor cycling training is a necessary evil in foul weather, but with one of these five very capable rollers, you can make your indoor training as realistic and beneficial as possible. If you’re convinced by the models we’ve listed, buy one and start refining your handling skills with roller-based training right now!

The new Ascent Fluid Bike Trainer: a superb fluid option!

Ascent Fluid Trainer

We’ve come across some great fluid based trainers in our time, but the Ascent Fluid Bike Trainer is definitely one of the best value options we’ve tested.

If you’re looking for a stationary stand that’s quiet, provides great smooth resistance, and is still a sturdy and sure ride, then the Ascent could be right up your alley.

What’s even better about this baby is that it typically comes in at around $150, which is a great price for a great fluid trainer.

Click here for the very latest deals for the Ascent Fluid Trainer – save UP TO 25%!

What we liked about the Ascent Fluid Bike Trainer

There’s a lot to like about this trainer. As mentioned before, the big win for us was its relatively cheap price tag. You won’t find many fluid trainers out there this cheap. OK, it might not be quite as good a trainer as the CycleOps Fluid 2, or even the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine, but this trainer packs in some real, genuine value. Something we all appreciate in these harder, economic times.

Other feel-good factors for buying this stand include:

  • It comes fully assembled, so all you’ve really got to do is slide in that skewer into your rear wheel, fix your bike securely to the trainer, and start that training session!
  • You can get a pretty intensive workout thanks to the fluid resistance unit. The unit includes a steel flywheel that ensures your ride is pretty darned smooth, though as we always recommend, stick on a slick road tire for your training sessions – those knobbly mountain bike treads often cause a certain amount of friction and noise, which becomes especially prevalent with the slightly cheaper models.
  • You can fold the steel frame to a pretty compact size, allowing you to store it away between training sessions, or even transport it elsewhere.
  • Stability is ensured with rubber feet, which also help to soften the impact of any vibrations you might churn up during an intensive session. Almost all of the trainer is steel, with no flaky plastic bits to worry about.
  • The manufacturer suggests the riding experience is like riding out on the road – we’d have to suggest that might be pushing it a bit. The ride is great, stable, and you can work up quite a steam (some reviewers have even suggested you can stand up and really pump those pedals hard – we didn’t test it that intensively ourselves), but I wouldn’t quite class it in the league of the Kinetic Rock and Roller for example.
  • As we mentioned, it comes fully ready to ride, with a steel quick release skewer included.

So, bang for you buck?

Yes, absolutely!

This trainer won’t let you down if what you’re after is stability, a good ride, and tremendous value. It’s certainly not the top of the range for fluid trainers, but the Ascent is up there at the top of the league for value!

Best THREE indoor bike stands for Spring / Summer 2013

We have since updated the site with our guide to the bestselling bike trainer stands of 2014 – read it here.

With Summer well and truly here once again, now is the perfect time to once again think about purchasing an indoor bike trainer. Those days when you get hit by wet, cold bike rides could be (should be!) a thing of the past, especially if you’re serious about your biking.

The stationary bike stands we’ve chosen are the best of the bestsellers online at stores such as Amazon, and from our own experience you really can’t go wrong with any one of these…

If you have any questions, feel free to ping me! And if you’re still not sure of the type of indoor bike stand you need/want, check out this great introduction video.

With Christmas almost upon us, don’t miss our TEN must-have cycling accessories –
perfect for any keen cyclist’s Christmas stocking!

Kinetic Road Machine reviewKinetic by Kurt Road Machine Indoor Bicycle Trainer

I’m a firm believer in “you get what you pay for” and this indoor bike trainer is definitely worth the high price. Top of the range, it simply oozes class and quality. This is for all levels, but especially suitable for the semi-pros and even pro-cyclists. One of the best, and you can see why this constantly makes the best-seller list on sites like Amazon. Highly recommended for those of you looking for a top, top experience (this trainer also makes our Top 5 for Winter 2013 list).
Read our full review here…

Blackburn Tech Mag 6Blackburn Tech Mag 6 Trainer (not cheap but a GREAT option)

This Blackburn bike stand has become a big bestseller over the last couple of years and comes highly recommended by many. Not the cheapest option out there, but a superb choice for the serious amateur, and heck, even the serious cyclist too. The lifetime guarantee is also a big clincher for us (read our full review). This has also been the biggest selling stationary bike on this site.
Read more here…

F2 Mag Trainer ForzaForza F2 Trainer

This relatively cheap bike stand, usually priced at just under $100, has been a bestseller for some time and offers amazing value for money. This is one bike stand we’d highly recommend (see our full review) for the more budget conscious, yet serious cyclist. Probably the best value of the three we’ve listed here.
Read more here…

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No matter which stationary bike stand you end up going for (even if it’s not one of these three above) we’d just like to wish you happy riding!

NEW: If you’re looking for excellent value and are wary about breaking the bank, especially as a beginner, you might want to read this: the THREE best stationary bike stands for under $80. In addition, we’ve also reviewed the FIVE best stationary bike stands for winter 2013-14.

Blackburn Mag 6 Indoor Trainer: perfect for beginners and pros

Every professional cyclist I know owns an indoor bicycle trainer and it’s not hard to see why. Any cyclist who participates in competition on a regular basis needs to find a way to keep his/her fitness levels from slipping in the off-season. Buying a great indoor trainer is crucial in that respect.

I recently purchased the Blackburn Mag 6 Indoor Trainer for use by my whole family (we’re cycling nuts and even my son competes!) and have nothing but praise for this great cycling accessory. What really won me over was that the Blackburn Mag 6 comes in so very handy with its adjustable height and resistance levels.

Regardless of size or fitness level, cyclists of all ages can enjoy a fantastic cycling experience with this stationary bike trainer. The adjustable resistance level also allows me to engage in progressive training. When I first started out, I could only manage Level 3. Four months later, I’m proud to report than I can handle Level 6, the highest resistance level with ease. Having different resistance levels to choose from gave me a goal to work towards, motivating me to train harder in the grey and depressing winter months.

The Blackburn Mag-6 is also very hardy. The tubular steel frame can stand up to quite a bit of abuse and is rust-proof to boot. Moreover, the innovative magnetic resistance mechanism used in the Mag 6 Indoor Bicycle Trainer is much easier to maintain than traditional drive shaft mechanisms because it contains less moving components and is practically leak-proof. With our busy work schedules, none of us want to be wasting excessive time tinkering with our bike trainers, so the Blackburn Mag 6’s fuss-free construction is most welcome.

I was initially hesitant about buying this indoor bicycle trainer because of the slightly higher price (typically just under $200) but do not regret it one bit.

Pros and Cons

If Blackburn ever decides to make a second edition of this stationary bike trainer, I’d want them to make it exactly the same, except a little quieter. The only low point of my indoor cycling experience was the amount of noise produced. The machine was definitely much less noisy than most of the models I have tested and purchased, but did get a little loud on higher resistance levels and at faster pedaling speeds. Still, popping on a pair of headphones and playing some of my favorite songs at moderate volume was more than enough to drown out the noise.

Seriously, if you’re looking for a stationary bicycle trainer you can use in the off season, you really can’t go wrong with the Blackburn Mag-6 Indoor Trainer.

One other thing to win you over – the lifetime warranty!

For us, five stars out of five, and definitely one of the Top 5 we recommend for winter.

Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer: a fantastic alternative for the off-season

Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer ReviewA 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.

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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

Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer

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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.

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