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UPDATE: We have now published an updated version for this winter!
With winter fast kicking in, and those dark evenings getting colder and even longer, we thought it was about time we came up with a guide to the best indoor trainers and cycling accessories for the upcoming winter months.
We know there are a fair few of you out there who take your cycling seriously, and winter is the time when our website really sees some action; those of you looking to stay in shape over the winter months know that a stationary bike trainer is an awesome solution to beating those winter training blues (and also knock off some of those excess winter pounds)! Not sure about you, but just looking at the photo above gives us the shivers – take it inside ladies and gents, please!
Check out what we rank as the best indoor trainers below (you should also check out our Buying Guide, which compares nearly all the known models out there), followed by a quick summary of some terrific accessories that will only enhance your indoor training sessions this winter…
The Best Indoor Bike Trainers
We’re constantly checking trends, new models, and new variations of existing trainers, and have to say that the old faithful models are still doing the business.
Let’s be honest, Kurt Kinetic will find it hard to top their top of the range Road Machine or Rock and Roller, however much they tweak and refine their existing line of models (this year, for the first time since 2007, they actually refined their designs a little bit, with a slight reduction in weight, rubber mountings instead of plastic, and more support for 29 inchers).
We’ve always loved their Road Machine (see our review here) and again, we recommend it highly if you’re looking for a quality trainer. If you’re looking for something just that little bit extra (and by extra we mean the ability to rock back and forth as if you’re hill climbing), then splash the cash on a Rock and Roller for a very realistic ride (see our review here). Both models aren’t cheap, but both are top, top quality.
Another couple of classy indoor trainers you should take into consideration are the CycleOps Fluid 2 and Cascade Fluid Pro. The CycleOps trainer comes with brand quality and has proven itself one of the best ever sellers over recent years; we can’t knock it and have enjoyed a number of sessions ourselves on this baby (see our review here). As for the Cascade Fluid Pro, we only came across this trainer this year but were very impressed; it automatically jumped into the “Highly Recommended” category (read more about why it impressed us so much here).
OK, OK, we hear you – not all of you have the cash to fork out on an expensive indoor trainer right now! And that’s why you’ll love this article we wrote on the best trainers for under $80. It’s proven way more popular than we expected, but in these times of economic uncertainty, that’s perhaps perfectly understandable. The one trainer from that article that seems to have been grabbed most of your attention is the Magnet Trainer – grab one while you can!
Must-Have Cycling Accessories for this Winter
When we started out training indoors many moons ago, we just slipped on some shorts and old sneakers and away we pedaled. Things have changed since then though, oh boy!
The pure number of accessories you can fork out on these days is incredible. From literally hundreds of specialized cycling shoes (for both men and women), to mats to place your trainer on, to countless numbers of gadgets that are all designed to enhance your training sessions, the choices are mind-boggling!
To help you out a bit, we wrote up an article on the Top 10 cycling accessories last Christmas, and we know that has helped many of you out. Check it out, there are some great shoes, smartphone cases and shorts on that list!
Personally, I’d have to whittle the list down to these must-haves:
- Awesome personalized name stickers for your bike / helmet / whatever…
- A great floor mat, preferably something like the Kurt Kinetic mat on the Top 10 list. This baby helps keep your floor clean, your bike even more stable, and yes, it even helps reduce the noise impact your bike will make during your training.
- A decent pair of gloves; you just don’t realize how much stress your hands take on during a training session…
- A sturdy, efficient and compact tire pump, such as the Serfas TPCG, which we reviewed here.
- A lovely, sensuous masseuse to work those post-training aching muscles back into the land of the living. And if you can’t find anyone to fill the job, the next best thing has to be these awesome Travel sticks. They’ll get your muscles rejuvenated!
We hope this article has helped you out for the upcoming winter – if not, feel free to hit us with any questions by contacting us here.
There are some really great bike stationary bike stands out there, and since we know it can get a bit tricky determining what model suits your training schedule AND your pocket, we regularly come up with lists of the bestselling bike stands, just so you know what others like you are searching for and spending their hard-earned cash on…
We’ve previously reviewed the EIGHT trainers we feel you should be looking at in 2014 (see the updated list for 2017), but this little list is a collection of the THREE bestsellers currently online at stores such as Amazon. From our own experience, any one of these three should more than do the job.
Feel free to shoot me with any questions if you have them; and if you’re still not sure what kind of trainer you need, check out our list of the different types of bike trainer stands available today.
In no particular order…
The CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer
This trainer has consistently been in the top bestseller lists for some months/years, and clearly remains a firm favorite online.
And what’s not to like? It might not be the cheapest trainer around (coming in just under $300), but it really has become renowned for its superior quality. It’s very quiet, and also provides a great, realistic ride thanks to its large flywheel. It also uses a self-cooling mechanism to ensure you get even more life out of it!
The Superb Value Indoor Trainer Exercise Stand
If you’re looking for excellent value, then this one has to be at the top of your list.
Good to go for 26 inch, 27 inch, and 700c bikes, this trainer stand from Conquer doesn’t have the big name branding behind it (like the other two stands in this article) but has proven very popular on sites like Amazon with hundreds of happy reviewers.
Its popularity probably comes with its amazingly cheap price tag (typically around $60), but it also has some very excellent features, including a sturdy (AND fold-able) metal frame,and its own riser block (for the front wheel, and which would usually cost around $15-20 online). It might be a bit noisier than the other two stands on this list, but hey, for that price…check out the latest deals on Amazon for this stand.
The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine
This trainer stand is one of our faves, and has been for some time. The fact that it is also almost always at the top of the bestseller charts simply reinforces our faith in it…
It’s good for 22 to 29-inch wheels, and might just be the perfect trainer for you and your training schedule. It’s a fluid-based trainer with a non-leaking magnetic drive system pretty much guarantees a leak-free session, however intensively you train. It’s also one of the quieter stationary bike trainers we’ve ever come across.
Again, not the cheapest option out there, but even at $300 it has proven a huge hit online. Read our full review here.
NEW: If you’re on the hunt for a real budget buster (and especially relevant for the beginners of you out there), in other words a stand that will keep your bank manager very happy, don’t miss this: the THREE best stationary bike stands for under $80.
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.
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!
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 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…
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…
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.
Don’t get me wrong, I love outdoor cycling, but I’m not going to risk my health during those cold, winter months. I see so many of my fellow cyclists persisting with outdoor training even in hailstorms and thunderstorms and subsequently falling ill, despite the simple solution of investing in a decent stationary bike trainer staring them in the face!
I’ve used several indoor bike trainers over the past few years and out of all of them, the Kinetic Kurt Machine Bicycle Trainer remains my favorite. It is one of the most technologically advanced indoor trainers out there and justifies its high price with high quality performance. The pros of you out there will enjoy this one!
Although I don’t take out my indoor bicycle trainers very often in spring and summer, they see a lot of use in the colder autumn and winter months. I’m usually on my bike trainer at least three to four days out of a week and that causes a lot of wear and tear. I’ve destroyed bicycle trainers that cost several hundred dollars in just a few months, chiefly due to leakage problems.
Too many stationary bike trainers (including those from the higher end of the price spectrum) rely on O-rings and seals to prevent leakage in the fluid chamber. These rings and seals don’t stand up well to extended use and will eventually wear out. The Kinetic Kurt Machine Bicycle Trainer uses a patented magnetic drive system instead of a physical drive shaft mechanism, thereby eliminating the need for O-rings and seals. In the two years since I’ve bought it, this Kurt bike trainer has never once leaked. Its durability is truly beyond question.
This indoor bike trainer is also one of the few I’ve encountered that can truly simulate the outdoor riding experience. When we cycle outdoors, the road isn’t always flat and even. We cycle across undulating landscapes where slopes and curves combine to deliver a more well-rounded and exciting cycling experience. Well, with this Kinetic Kurt bicycle trainer, you can enjoy that cycling experience indoors as well. Those geniuses at Kurt have managed to fit incredibly heavy flywheels weighing up to 18 pounds into this indoor trainer which allows the user to experience an unbelievably realistic indoor cycling experience. If I close my eyes, I can almost believe that I’m cycling outdoors. As an added bonus, these heavy flywheels provide this stationary trainer with exceptional stability and sturdiness for a smoother ride.
Main Product Features
- Leak-proof magnetic drive system and automatic resistance changes (read more about their amazing resistance unit here)
- 6.25-pound flywheel that gives realistic ride
- Extremely stable – even when you stand up when riding
- Suitable for bikes with 22 to 29-inch wheels
- No holds barred lifetime warranty; also comes with a lifetime crash replacement policy
- Easy to set up – see our video guide as well as our guide to inserting the skewer that comes with the trainer!
Kinetic Kurt Road Trainer Pros and Cons
Are there any disadvantages to this bike trainer? Well, I know I’m nitpicking, but I do wish it was a little cheaper. Like most Kinetic Kurt products, this stationary bicycle trainer is one of the pricier bicycle stands out there. Nevertheless, I know that the quality of this trainer more than justifies its hefty price. If I’ve to pay a little more for a smoother, more satisfying indoor bicycle ride on one of the hardiest bike trainers around, so be it. Us true-blue bicycle fanatics will never cheap-out on our bike accessories!
By the way, we’ve also reviewed the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer, quite possibly the ultimate indoor ride! It also now comes in a smart-tech version with an InRide sensor and app that can measure speed, cadence and distance.
I’m really impressed with so many things about this bike trainer that if it ever wears out (don’t forget it has a lifetime warranty!), I’ll head straight to Amazon.com (one of the best places to find a very decent price online) and buy another one.