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Trainers


So, time to keep in shape over the winter, rehab an injury, lose some flab or prepare to beat your buddies first ride of the season. Whatever the motivation, riding a trainer in the winter is a somewhat cruel reality for any cyclist who cares about their health and fitness.

We have done the research so you don't have to. We have a selection of trainers from three brands we believe offer a good product at a good price, so you can pick the perfect one for what you need.

You'll see a number of different companies making trainers. There is some fancy talk from some companies that really doesn't mean much so your easiest option is just keep reading.



Tacx Bluematic

Well-balanced flywheel for natural, smooth pedal stroke

quick assembly with only 2 bolts

Easily adjustable to wheel size

Sturdy and stable frame - foldable for easy storage

Magnetic brake

Maximum wattage: 700 watts

10 levels of resistances from lever on the handlebar

$249.50



Tacx Bluetwist

Well-balanced flywheel for natural, smooth pedal stroke

quick assembly with only 2 bolts

Easily adjustable to wheel size

Sturdy and stable frame - foldable for easy storage

Magnetic brake

Maximum wattage: 600 watts

adjustable resistence level is on unit

A great option if the idea is to sit and spin while watching your favorite TV show or for rehabbing an injury

$199.50



Giant Mag 2

3.3 lb flywheel matched with up to 882 watts of resistence

magnetic resistence and 7 levels of resistence from handlebar remote.

Easily adjustable to wheel size

Sturdy and stable frame - foldable for easy storage



$259.50



Giant Fluid ST

Up to 2000 watts of resistence from fluid resistence

No remote required: fluid units increase resistence as speed increases so bikes gears are enough

7.5 lb flywheel and "Real Road Simulation (RRS)" gives realistic feel

this kind of trainer is great for high-resistence interval training

$419.50



Giant Automag II

3.3 lb flywheel matched with up to 882 watts of resistence

magnetic resistence that ramps up with wheel speed to eliminate the need for a remote: offering the benefits of a fluid trainer at a lower price.

Easily adjustable to wheel size

Sturdy and stable frame - foldable for easy storage



$349.50



Giant Fluid Comp

Up to 2000 watts of resistence from fluid resistence

No remote required: fluid units increase resistence as speed increases so bikes gears are enough

17.5 lb flywheel and "Real Road Simulation (RRS)" gives realistic feel

alloy trainer frame to keep weight down and give a stiff platform for the bike and rider to feel secure

$529.50



Minoura LiveRide 760

This quality trainer can be turned into quite a sofisticated device with the addition of your iPhone. It is smooth, offers fairly high resistence and could allow you to do serious training using heartrate and power.

SALE $375 Reg. $449.50



Kurt Kinetic Road Machine with Smart Control

Trainers are becoming more fun with better results for the rider because of apps like Kinetic Fit, Zwift and TrainerRoad. Virtual reality apps combined with electronic resistence units give the most realistic training feel.

Phone/tablet, combined with a smart control trainer and app gives better results and makes training much more fun.

949.50



Kurt Kinetic Rock & Roll with Smart Control

The Ultimate in smart/virtual reality trainers. In addition to the Road Machine's features, the Rock & Roll allows the bike to rock side to side and flex up and down for the most realistic trainer feel available.

Trainers are becoming more fun with better results for the rider because of apps like Kinetic Fit, Zwift and TrainerRoad. Virtual reality apps combined with electronic resistence units give the most realistic training feel.

Phone/tablet, combined with a smart control trainer and app gives better results and makes training much more fun.

1129.50


Rollers

Your best defence against boredom is rollers. It is also your best chance of putting a hole in your drywall, so not to be taken lightly. Seriously though, rollers have a place - mostly with very keen riders who want to develop better, smoother pedalling technique. An additional benefit of rollers is that a whole bunch of those little muscle groups, particularly in your core get a work out because of the balance required. Additional benefits - you'll get better at "holding your line" which will benefit you when riding in a pack on the road (if you are known as a squirly rider, this will help and prevent you from getting the slap in the back of the helmet as frustrated riders go by).


Minoura MOZ Roller Wide!

Minoura MOZ Roller Advance Wide ($349.50)

80mm diameter rollers, 41cm wide

adjustable to work on almost all bikes
helmet not included


Trainer Accessories


We have a package deal for you: The Chopping block, G-Thang and trainer mat for $89.50 with purchase of a trainer

put your front wheel here!

Chopping Block: Price $14.50 This holds your front wheel stable and at the right height.

this is for your bike - not you!

The G-Thang: Price $19.50 This stops sweat from dripping on the floor and on your frame - easily washable terry cloth

protect the floor!

Trainer Mat: Price $69.50 This protects the floor, stops your bike from budging when you're givin' 'er and helps kill the noise from going through the floor













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this is riding a bike trainer indoors!

What do you need to ride indoors?


1. Bicycle
2. Trainer
3. Smooth Rear Tire
4. Front wheel block
5. Time set aside
6. Program to follow


Extras


1. Computer - power, speed, cadence, heart rate
2. Towel
3. Water Bottle
4. TV or Music
5. Mirror
6. Floor Mat
7. Quality Cycling Shorts!!!
8. Fan



Mix it UP

You want the best chance of arriving in the spring with great fitness and sanity intact? Mix it up. Don't repeat the same work outs over and over. Ride a fat bikes. There is nothing as healthy for the soul as riding outdoors and taking in nature. If you don't want to purchase a fat bike, rent one... every week or two. You will be in amazing shape physically and mentally with this approach.



Winter & Indoor training

Riding your bike on a trainer is much better than bruised hips and frost-bite. In an ideal world all our rides would be on perfect roads or singletrack but this is Canada. If high taxes and a little crappy weather is as bad as it gets then we're all extremely lucky to live here.


Fight Boredom - get a plan, a partner, a goal, a group - or all the above!


Riding indoors can be painfully boring - as are many tasks when they're done without purpose, meaning or friends. Do some searches online and you'll soon find more different routines than you could ever do. This is a big help.

while you're riding, think about posture and your pedalling. The offseason is a great time to work on pulling a tad more power out of your body through smoother, more efficient pedalling and posiiton.

As you're pedalling remember to keep the elbows loose, not locked. Think about your back and shoulders. Shoulders should not be tense and pulled up next to your head.

Look down at your legs. Your knees should run like pistons - no flopping out or in and kept the same distance apart throughout the pedal revolution (spaced directly above the feet). Think about your feet. You don't want to feel a bunch of pressure over your pedal on the down-stroke. As Phil Liggett says, you should be dancing on your pedals - light feet.


What you need to get going

Trainer Tire: Trainer Tires are smooth and very durable to handle the extra heat that builds up on trainer rollers. Do NOT use a trainer tire outdoors! If you plan to be off and on the trainer over the winter, use a smooth tire and be prepared to completely wear out the tire over the winter.


If you're going to keep up with the indoor training, having a bike computer can be a real motivator and help you get the most from your training time. You'll want a computer that senses speed off the rear wheel (your front wheel will be stationary) and cadence is an important feature too.


Beyond that, you'll want something to lift the front wheel to the proper height so your bike is level, perhaps a sweat-guard for your bike and a towel or mat on the ground - you are going to sweat!... Oh, and don't forget your water bottle.