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.