Over the next several days we will be sharing several blogs Ernest wrote about cycling accessories and components. While they aren’t intended to be full on “Buyers Guides” We do hope they will help you think about things to consider when thinking about them or to view them a little differently. Then in future post we will dive deeper into each one of these.
As I wrote in Don’t Stop and Lose Your Fitness there are plenty of good reasons to keep riding year around. Unless you live in a southern climate a trainer is an important piece of equipment to make that happen. If you do live in a climate that is warmer year around the trainer may still be an essential piece of equipment for the days that are simply too hot to ride outdoors. They are also great to use when you have a time crunch and want to get a great workout in a defined time period. Or maybe you simply have run out of daylight in your day and still need to get your workout in.
All of these are good reasons to be using a trainer. More good news, there are more and more tools available to make indoor training more fun and to improve your overall fitness level. Some examples: Zwift, Trainer Road, CycleOps Virtual Training. Many of these programs are designed and work best with a smart trainer but will work with a non-electronic trainer. There are also plenty of video based options (Spinervals and YouTube) to keep you engaged and focused on your training goals while you ride. Time will certainly pass by a lot quicker. No matter your riding style and fitness goals there are solutions available. When considering and selecting a trainer it is important to think about how you want to use the trainer and the goals you have. Are you just going to be riding it to build your base and maintain your fitness? Are there specific types of workouts that you want to do? Intervals, hill climbing, power based, heart rate based. How often are you going to be using the trainer? How many hours a week will your training be? All of these questions will help us in helping you select the perfect trainer for your needs.
More about trainers – Indoor Trainer Sessions Keep Them Fun