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Turn your favorite bike into a stationary bike
Trainers hold the bike by its rear axle allowing the rider to use their own bike indoors. Resistance is provided through wind, magnets or a fluid as the bike's rear tire runs over a drum or use a direct-drive system which attaches your drivetrain directly to resistance unit. Some units rely on the user to manually change the resistance level, other types have progressive resistance, which make it harder to pedal as you spin the rear wheel faster.
At Erik's we carry 4 main categories of trainers:
Magnetic Trainers - See All
Magnetic Trainers - generally known as Mag Trainers - use magnets to provide resistance. Most Mag trainers have a number of resistance levels that can bemanually adjusted, but there are some higher end models that provide progressive resistance (as you pedal faster, they provide more resistance). These trainers are great for riders who will ride indoors once or twice a week. They provide enough resistance to give you a good workout, but for people looking to push hard on a trainer, the fluid style of trainer may be a better option.
Fluid Trainers - See All
Fluid trainers use a chamber and an impeller that spins through the fluid to create its resistance. The resistance curve of a fluid trainer is progressive and feels similar to riding down the road, but with the advantage of being very quiet. Fluid Trainers are an excellent option for riders who are looking to push themselves hard on the trainer.
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Direct Drive trainers refer to a type of trainer where you remove your rear wheel and connect the drivetrain directly to the resistance unit. There are a couple of advantages to this system. Firstly, you get a direct connection to the trainer which removes any tire slip that can sometimes occur under power on a traditional style trainer. Secondly, as your tire is no longer rotating on a drum, there is zero wear on your tire and no need for a separate Trainer Tire. Direct Drive Trainers are available with Mag, Fluid and Electronic Resistance units. The added stability and zero chance of tire slip make Direct Drive trainers a great option for really powerful riders. They are also popular with racers who can quickly put there race bike onto the trainer for warm-up, then just re-install their rear-wheel and be ready to race.
Interactive or Electronic trainers bring indoor riding to another level. They use computer units to vary the resistance of the trainer as well as collect riding data. Some models allow for the resistance to be adjusted based on watts, while others allow for actual routes to ridden, taking into account terrain, going as far as to power the rear wheel on descents. Some models allow for racing against others using the internet.
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Improve your balance and bike handling skills
Rollers are a great tool for a cyclist that not only wants to improve their fitness, but also their bike handling skills and pedal stroke. Unlike a trainer, rollers do not attach to the bike in any way, so the rider must balance on them as they ride. Rollers typically consist of three drums, two for the rear wheel and one for the front. A band connects the rear and front rollers, allowing the wheels to spin as the rider pedals. Like a trainer, resistance is varied by shifting gears.
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Bring the spin class to your house with an Indoor Cycle
Indoor cycles, also known as spin bikes, come in a variety of versions with different features. They consist of a frame with a weighted flywheel that simulates the feel of riding a real bike and adjustable contact points to ensure a proper fit. Some models allow freewheeling while others are set up as a fixed gear. While indoor cycles don't have multiple gears, resistance can be manually adjusted, while higher end models allow resistance to be controlled through a handlebar mounted computer. Some models allow you to ride preset or mapped out courses, varying the resistance based upon the terrain.
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