“With the introduction of GPS computers, electronic shifters and virtual trainers that turn an HDTV into an immersing workout, it?s easy to think cycling has gone high-tech. Not to mention space age materials including titanium and carbon fiber, or the ability to use a 3D printer to produce components.
But first we must step back and realise that the bicycle itself is a fairly complex machine in its own right. The first bikes were created thanks to the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s, and with their steel frames and rubber tires they simply couldn’t have been developed a century earlier.”
Getting to know more workout data will give you finer control over your workouts and will even help make the more recreational bicyclist feel more professional – just don’t let technology paralyze you.
We found a nice introductory article here about the different types of bike trainers and giving you basics on which one would work for you best.
In the article you will find good basic info on
Fluid Bike Trainers
“Typically, the Fluid bike trainer is at the top of the food chain in the world of bicycle trainers. These are the one?s providing the most realistic ride, are the quietest, and cost the most money.”
Magnetic Bike Trainers
“This class of bike trainer uses eddy current braking (?eddy current brakes slow an object by creating eddy currents through electromagnetic induction, which creates resistance??from Wikipedia) to supply the resistance factor. But unlike the exponential resistance curve in a fluid trainer, the resistance in a conventional magnetic bike trainer is at best linear.”
Wind Bike Trainers
“They?re also the simplest, and least likely to break down. Even though they?re simple, it doesn?t mean that you shouldn?t expect good workmanship in the frame, bearings, and the part of the bike trainer that attaches to the rear wheel. My advice is to stay with the top brands like CycleOps or Kurt Kinetic.”
Great article we found here detailing the various advantages and disadvantages of fluid bike trainers, magnetic bike trainers, and wind bike trainers.
The short version? Naturally as you would expect the more expensive the trainer, the more desirable the features. At the top of the line nothing beats a fluid trainer for feel and loudness. It is also a huge step up from the magnetic bike trainers. The magnetic trainers are definitely more than adequate training partners but do not have the same feel and are quite loud. However because of the inexpensive price of a magnetic trainer compared to a fluid trainer, the magnetic trainers tends to be the better sellers
At the bottom end: the wind trainer: low resistance levels and very loud, and not that much cheaper which means most people in the market skip right ahead of the wind trainer to the magnetic trainer
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