Whether it's too cold (or too hot!) to ride outside, there's too much traffic or you're simply short on time, indoor cycling can be a great way to achieve your fitness goals.
From our best-selling Fluid² to our entire line of indoor cycles, we've got your indoor training needs covered. But let's face it, there's not much glitz or glamor in picking the perfect trainer. So before you spend your hard-earned money, let's get to know each other a bit better so you find the ideal CycleOps training partner.
An indoor bicycle trainer is a training accessory that turns your bike into a stationary bicycle.
Shopping for a trainer isn't easy to begin with — especially if you don't even know what a trainer is in the first place. We get it and we're here to help.
Often times when someone hears the word "trainer" they may picture someone who sits in a gym counting repetitions of dumbbell curls or perhaps a pair of running shoes. And while these are certainly accurate descriptions, our trainers are a device that turns your bike into a year-round exercise machine.
By attaching to your rear wheel's skewer, our trainers let you ride your favorite bike without going anywhere. You're literally spinning your wheels — in a very good way. If you're looking for a full-on, all wheels in motion type of experience then perhaps consider our roller instead.
So if you are looking for a way to train indoors — without paying the monthly fee of a gym, being able to work out in the privacy of your own home, while you watch TV shows or listen to whatever music you want — there's a good chance we've got something for you.
A clarifying point: indoor trainers may also be referred to as a turbo or a turbo trainer. So if you're in the market for a turbo trainer, you're in the right place. Welcome.
This is a question we get asked a lot. And there's a reason for that — it is a genuinely good question.
When in the market for a new indoor bike trainer the most important question to ask yourself is: what are my goals? If you don't have any specific goals in mind, then perhaps ask yourself what you're looking for in a trainer. Maybe it's the ability to sit, spin and catch up on Netflix. Maybe you're training for a race or have specific workouts in mind. Below is a quick rundown of our trainer profiles and their best uses.
Still can't decide? Compare these trainers side-by-side with our indoor trainer comparison guide.
So when we talk about a power meter, or measuring power output in the realm of cycling, we're talking about the amount of energy being used to power your ride. And just like the light bulbs in your house, cyclists use watts to measure power too. The higher the watts, the more power you're pumping through your pedals.
This measurement is a key training tool for many serious and amateur cyclists alike because you can compare apples to apples (or watts to watts) when you look at the numbers, unlike looking at your speed on a windy day compared to a calm day. Our Hammer, Magnus, PowerSync, Phantom 3 Indoor Cycle and Phantom 5 Indoor Cycle all feature technology created by our friends over at PowerTap.
Before we can answer that question, let's first start by figuring out the size of your wheel.
Perhaps you've heard those bike guru's rattle off numbers that sound more like battleship coordinates than something that goes on your bike. Things like 700c, 650b, 29er, or 26" — all of which are wheel sizes and can be found on the outside of the tire itself.
Here's a quick shortcut of what your wheel size would likely be based on the type of bike you've got:
Now going back to our first question of "will my bike fit my indoor trainer," the short answer is: probably. All of our trainers fit 26" mountain bike tires and 700c. For 20" or 24" wheels, you'll need to look specifically at our Classic Series plus our wheel adapter. For bikes with drop outs up to 142mm, you'll need to look specifically at our Classic Series plus our 142x12mm thru axle adapter. And for 29" wheels, most will fit — it just depends on the tire tread.
If you're unsure about wheel to trainer compatibility, feel free to contact us or call our customer service team at 1-800-783-7257.
There are four things you'll need before you can start your indoor training regimen:
There are two different ways to connect your indoor trainer to your computer software of choice: Bluetooth or ANT+.
For Bluetooth compatibility, you can use your device's integrated Bluetooth (version 4.0 and higher) or a BlueGiga dongle. If your smart indoor trainer of choice happens to be the CycleOps Hammer or Magnus, then the BlueGiga dongle will also come in handy for firmware updates via CycleOps VirtualTraining.
When it's all said and done our 15 plus years in the industry has taught us that no cyclist is the same. Some prefer traditional wheel-on trainers, others only ride rollers, some exclusively train on direct drive trainers, and many deeply appreciate the convenience of an indoor-only bike. So whatever your style, goals or cycling experience, our full line of CycleOps indoor training products will help bring the road to you.
To get a good picture of how to use indoor trainers, check out this video produced by Bike Radar in conjunction with Paligap.cc.
No matter the time, weather or traffic, you can still get a great ride in with CycleOps VirtualTraining. Using an indoor trainer paired with our VirtualTraining software, you can reap the benefits of a full workout and ride routes from all over the world, all while tracking your training data.
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There are three ways to use CycleOps VirtualTraining:
Once your bike, trainer and sensors are all paired up, ride!
Visit the CycleOps VirtualTraining community. Upload your ride data to track your progress and compare your efforts to friends and other athletes.
For technical support, visit the VirtualTraining Help Desk & Knowledge Base
An indoor cycle is a fully functioning bike for indoor use only. It resembles the bikes often seen in spin classes across the world and is perfect for those days when the weather doesn't let you get out and ride — whether that be ice, snow, rain, or extreme heat.
There are many reasons why cyclists invest in a dedicated indoor bike. Time is often one of the biggest factors. Our Phantom indoor cycles allow you to get a gym-level cycling class on the exact same equipment without having to get in your car, stress about getting there soon enough to reserve your spot in a packed gym. And if the weather prevents you from getting to the gym in the first place, you're all set to stay on schedule right in your home.
Other perks such as four points of adjustment (ideal for a multi-rider family), PowerTap power accuracy of +/- 1.5% and easy integration with our CycleOps VirtualTraining software (Phantom 5 only) have also tipped the scales in favor of our indoor cycles.
When it's all said and done our 15 plus years in the industry has taught us that no cyclist is the same. Some prefer trainers, others only ride rollers, and many deeply appreciate the convenience of an indoor-only bike. So whatever your style, goals or cycling experience, our full line of CycleOps indoor training products will help bring the road to you.
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