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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.

TEN awesome reasons why you need a stationary bike stand

Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer ReviewIf you’re still not sure why exactly you need a stationary indoor bike stand, here are TEN awesome reasons why you should be looking at one to supplement your training regime.

In no particular order:

  • A stationary bike stand can do a superb job of simulating your cycling experience. Depending on the model you choose, you really can push your experience (and stamina) to the limits, with levels of resistance to choose from on many models…
  • They offer tremendous value, since you don’t have to purchase a brand new training bike or one of those fancy indoor exercise bikes. Starting out at under $100, a stationary bike stand can really offer great value.
  • A stationary stand can provide you with awesome flexibility as you can choose when and where to exercise. Day or night, you can set your program as you wish, and yes, pretty much every stand out there can be moved as required. No more depending on the weather for a workout!
  • If your bike ever breaks down while training indoors, or you get injured, you won’t have far to go to get back home…
  • A stationary bike stand can be the perfect way to help injured riders rehabilitate. With the training schedule in your hands, recovery can be set at an easy pace, or whatever pace is required. Feel the pain? Just stop and relax – you’re at home!
  • They are also perfect for testing out new tweaks and adjustments you might have made recently to your bike. Need to tweak some more? Stop, tweak, and start riding again!
  • Watch DVDs while you train! One of the ultimate ways to get the best out of your training session is to enhance your training environment, and by enhancing, we mean going all out! How about watching some of the awesome training DVDs out there, such as the one we highlighted here. Alternatively, go for any blockbuster that grabs your fancy – and that will motivate you!
  • A stationary bike stand will eradicate those clashes with inconsiderate drivers out there. No more road rage to tackle, or even those annoying Sunday drivers.
  • If you’re a beginner, a stationary bike stand can enable you to get to grips with your bike before hitting the open road. It should save some bumps and bruises, and get you looking professional. OK, at least semi-professional.
  • Whatever your level of fitness and expertise, a stationary bike stand will help cyclists build their cardio fitness, as well as enhance speed and strength, while enabling any rider to refine their technique and riding strategy.

And while we’ve still got you, don’t miss the THREE things you really have to consider when buying a trainer.

How to setup your stationary bike stand (VIDEO)

Once you’ve gone and purchased one of the great awesome stationary bike trainers we’ve listed on this site, the next step is to set it up to hold your bike! An exciting moment!

Sometimes that excitement can be dulled a little, when you pull it off the box…and realize it doesn’t look as simple to set up as you thought!

But don’t worry, it IS fairly simple, and this is a great video to help you out. It also features one of the best bike trainers we really like, the Cycleops Fluid 2 Trainer.

Stationary Bike Stand or Indoor Bike Trainer?

This is a question many of you have asked us over the last few months – should I buy a stationary bike stand upon which I can attach my regular road/mountain bike OR should I buy an indoor bike trainer, the likes of which I can ride in my local gym?

We’ve always maintained that the stationary bike stand is the better option, because you can get a better feel for your training session. It’s your bike, your saddle, and there’s no real adjustments needed to get the perfect training session. On the contrary with the indoor trainers, because with these you’ll find you’ll need to adjust and you’ll constantly be trying to get the right “bite” in your session.

Both work excellently if you’re into your spinning and aerobics exercises. But as we’re more into our road cycling, the stationary bike stand has to be the winner.

If you’re looking for an awesome stationary stand, here are THREE of the very best we’ve tried and tested – just choose the one that suits your pocket and level.

Here’s a great video we found, which further explains our case for stationary bike stands…

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.