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Best Indoor Bike Trainer 2014 Review

Updated on July 22, 2014
Sunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike
Sunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike

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Biking indoors can be a great way to get exercise year round at any time of day, and to train for events. With everything from trainer stands, mats, risers and computers, you can make your indoor cycling session easy and convenient.

When buying a trainer, or any indoor cycle for that matter, you will want to consider noise. Some of these can be quite loud, so if you live in an apartment or somewhere else where you're close with others, you will want to pay attention to this factor.

Types of Indoor Bike Trainers

There are three kinds of trainers available on the market. The first are fluid trainers. These are usually the most quiet you can buy since there are no external moving parts. For resistance, you get fluid against a turbine that is spun by the roller bar. What this means is that when you pedal faster, you get more resistance. I like fluid trainers since they give me the most accurate road fel. Sometimes these can leak fluid so make sure you check your equipment frequently.

Wind trainers operate with a small fan for air resistance. The blades will create more drag the faster the cyclist pedals. These are the noisiest out of the three kinds.

The last kind of trainer is a magnetic trainer. They operate with magnets and a flywheel. These are mid-grade in terms of price and noise. With the necessity of having to dismount the bike to make resistance changes, many people prefer one of the other two kinds.

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Kinetic Road Machine Fluid TrainerBell Motivator Mag Indoor Bicycle TrainerSuper Mat RF34B Bike and Step MatKinetic by Kurt Floor MatSunlite Forza Riser Block GrayCateye Strada Cadence Bike ComputerGarmin Edge 500 With Cadence/Premium HRMMarcy Recumbent Mag CycleSunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike
Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer
Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer
Bell Motivator Mag Indoor Bicycle Trainer
Bell Motivator Mag Indoor Bicycle Trainer
Super Mat RF34B Bike and Step Mat
Super Mat RF34B Bike and Step Mat
Kinetic by Kurt Floor Mat
Kinetic by Kurt Floor Mat
Sunlite Forza Riser Block Gray
Sunlite Forza Riser Block Gray
Cateye Strada Cadence Bike Computer
Cateye Strada Cadence Bike Computer
Garmin Edge 500 With Cadence/Premium HRM
Garmin Edge 500 With Cadence/Premium HRM
Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle
Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle
Sunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike
Sunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike
5 stars for Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer

Best Indoor Bike / Bicycle Trainer

Indoor Bike Trainer 2013

I personally like the Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer. I've used this for over a year now and have been able to attest to the manufacturer's claim that it is built with a leak proof magnetic drive system. The frame is actually quite light at around 27 pounds. It uses a 6.25 pound flywheel along with the resistance unit. The roller is made to be a bit bigger than what you typically find on the market, but this means that your tire gets less wear. The more you ride, the more the magnets spin for your resistance. Because this is a fluid trainer, your system is kept cool; assisting this is also the chamber that features 80 cooling fins on the outside. This is a workhorse that can take anything you throw at it; you won't be disappointed.

Indoor Bike Trainer Review

If you're on a budget, consider the Bell Motivator Mag Indoor Bicycle Trainer. This very affordable trainer is also very lightweight but holds my bike just fine. It weighs only 20 pounds, so it is easy to transport when needed. The device measures 8.5 by 22.1 by 20.6 inches. It features smooth, quiet magnetic resistance with a single adjustment. You also get progressive resistance with the speed of your pedaling. It comes fully assembled so you can take it out of the box and get started right away.

Bike Mats for Indoor Training

To protect carpet and other flooring, having a mat is essential with both types of equipment. A good mat will not only protect the floor, but will keep your trainer from walking across the floor as you use it. Many are made to be easily cleaned in the event that sweat drips on it. Having a mat can also keep your cycle sessions quieter since they absorb some of the noise.

Best Indoor Bike Mats 2013

The most popular mat in our section here is the Body Solid Super Mat RF34B Bike and Step Mat. This mat is good for any kind of exercise equipment that you want to protect your floor from. It measures 36 by 48 inches and is made from PVC material. Believe it or not, floor dust can eventually wear down your equipment by getting sucked up into the belts and other components, so there is another plus to using a mat. You can easily roll it up to transport it any time you need.

Bike Mats for Indoor Bikes

Another popular mat is the Kinetic by Kurt Floor Mat. It is made with closed cell PVC foam, rolls up well like the others, and measures 79 x 36.5 inches. This one is a bit pricier than many others, but if you are a fan of Kinetic equipment, this will not disappoint.

Best Bike Risers, Blocks. and Rings

Blocks give you the ability to get height on your front tire and can help stabilize your bike in a rear mounted trainer. These devices can leave weird imprints in the carpet, so make sure to use a mat with these.

Indoor Bike Block

Check out the Sunlite Forza Riser Block which takes tire widths from 18mm to 2.5 inches, and wheels that are 24, 25, 27 inches, and 700c. It is a really simple product that is quite affordable, and does the job it was intended to do. This has been the most sturdy block I've used.

Top Rated Bike Computers

Cycling computers are often very handy to have so you can track your progress. They are usually mounted to the wheel that spins to give you information like cadence, current speed, average speed, max speed, distance for the ride, distance for the week, and total distance, along with time.

Best Bicycle Computer Review

A great one to look at is the CatEye Strada Cadence Bicycle Computer. Even though I have good eyesight, I love that this computer has a large screen and big numbers to make reading it very easy. You have eight different modes to choose from and your selected one will show up at the bottom of the screen. Simple arrows will tell you if you are above or below your desired speed. This device will mounts quite easily to any handlebar or stem. You get a clock, a programmable odometer that tracks your speed, max speed, average speed, trip distance and elapsed time. There is even a power saving mode as well. The Strada Series redefines cycle computer design with slim sizes, larger screens and font sizes with tons of functions. It also measures in either km or miles.

Garmin Bike Computer for 2013

Another good one to take a look at is the Garmin Edge 500 Bike Computer. This device costs more but gives you more. You get a heart rate monitor in this GPS based computer. It will track your speed, location, temperature, elevation and includes a barometric altimeter. I like that it gives you three screens that hold 8 lines of data each, so you get a lot of information in just one glance.

Indoor Cycling Bikes

The Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle is a good choice but is also affordable. You get 8 levels of resistance that come preset and adjusting it is quite user friendly with the tension knob that is conveniently located. The console is decently sized and will track your speed, distance, time, and calories burned. For safety, the foot pedals come with straps to keep your feet in place. The entire device measures 55 x 40 x 25 and weighs 66 pounds.

Best Indoor Cycling Bike Review

Another popular choice is the Sunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike. The feature I like most about this one is the seat. It is fully adjustable, as are the handlebars, and is one of the most comfortable I've used. It's not overly loud but it does make some noise. You get a 30 pound flywheel, 85 pound weight and a 220 pound maximum weight for users. The entire unit measures 20 x 43 x 46 inches. It comes with wheels to attach for more easier transportation of the equipment. I have found this bike to be solid, easily adjusted, and very quiet.

© 2013 Bob Miller

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