Trainers & Rollers

Wahoo Fitness KICKR Indoor Trainer

kickr.web Perhaps the best reason to get and use an indoor trainer, like the exciting new Wahoo Fitness KICKR, is because only on a trainer can you exactly gauge how hard you are riding. With no hills or wind influencing your effort, and with a built-in power meter showing your wattage, you can keep it to a no-sweat recovery spin, or put yourself in the pain locker to build your strength or warm-up before the big ride.

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CycleTEK Momentum 1 Indoor Trainer

Indoor trainers are great for when it's too wet, cold or dark to ride outside. You can also take them to events or races for warming up much more efficiently and quickly by avoiding the cooling effect of the wind when you're really riding. Overall, I'm impressed with the Momentum 1's stable, smooth, quiet ride and the quality construction that looks like it'll hold up to years of use. I also like the ample adjustments.

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Pro-Form Tour de France Training Bike, Gen2

pro form tdf bike.web I decided this winter to take the plunge on a Pro-Form Tour de France trainer. If you've watched any cycling on TV in the past year, you've surely seen the ubiquitous commercials for this Internet-connected marvel that features both 20% incline and decline, the ability to ride various famous routes around the world, map out your own routes, and other bells and whistles. Just as you would with an actual bike, you need to fit the Pro-Form to your specific measurements and riding needs.

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Blackburn TrakStand Ultra

I'm always in search of the perfect indoor trainer, defined as stable and with easily adjustable resistance. The bike should be simple to attach and the trainer's frame should be durable so sweat and hard use don't degrade it. Finally -- and this is by far the most important quality -- the trainer's "feel" should closely approximate riding on the road. I've never found a trainer that embodies all these qualities. The Blackburn TrakStand Ultra does a great job on all counts, but one.

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Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll Pro RU Trainer

As a masters racer I need to train right to keep improving. This advanced and fully featured workout machine is the ticket for keeping fit no matter what winter holds. On it, I can do measurable intervals and ensure that I'm pushing myself exactly as needed to race better come spring. In fact, when I asked my coach to recommend a trainer, he told me to get a Kurt. He said he rides his more than 6,000 miles a year and it's never given him a lick of trouble.

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