Once you get into the benefits of cycling, you find yourself wanting to ride at every spare opportunity. You crave that feeling of being on your bike and burning calories while enjoying the feel of your body in motion. So, how do you feed that craving on a rainy day? Or a snowy, cold, or extra windy day? The answer is in a indoor trainer. Not some guy named Bruno in a tank top screaming at you to run in place, but a trainer for your bike. There are many brands and models out there. Also when your done be sure to Click Here! to see the Cycling 101 ebook that has great indoor workouts that I use and really help. Also be sure when you Click Here! to scroll down and read on the Hammer Nutrition. I use an assortment of these on pretty much every ride.
Which is best?
First let me say there is really only one model that’s even worth looking into, and that’s a Fluid Trainer. You can get into the wind trainer or a magnetic trainer, but if you want something that will feel closest to being out on the road and will last you for many years, the fluid trainer is the answer. Without getting too technical a fluid trainer uses fluid resistant chambers, which are held together by a magnetic flywheel. This, then is connected to a roller which the bike tire rests on. The fluid is much quieter than a wind or magnetic machine and adjusts to the gear your bike is in. That means if you want to push it hard, you simply shift up a few gears just as you would on the road.
When it comes to brands I will just save you some time and tell you no one has come close to getting it right the way Kurt Kinetic has. First of all the only complaint about fluid trainers is it has a tendency to leak due to the heat that it creates during a ride. Kurt has addressed and nearly perfected the fluid trainer by using 6 ultra powerful magnets on each side to hold the fluid chamber together, along with 80 cooling fans.
Kurt has two types of fluid trainers; the Road Machine and the Rock and Roll. The only difference between the two is the Rock and Roll has side-to-side motion which makes you balance the bike more as it rocks back and forth as you ride – most like the real thing. The Road Machine has the same benefits as the Rock and Roll minus the side-to-side motion. It still gives a great workout and is the one that I personally chose and will review with you.
So lets jump in and see what makes the Kurt Kinetic Road machine such a great option for a rainy day.
It’s a Saturday morning and my schedule is open. Great day for a bike ride; unfortunately there is a huge thunderstorm headed my way. All is not lost as I have my Kurt Kinetic Road Machine folded up in our spare bedroom. Even better, the Giro d’Italia (hardest 3 week bike race in the world) is starting today and I can stream it live on my laptop. So I quickly and easily set up my bike on the Kurt.
Here are the key components to fixing your bike to the Road Machine:
1. Change your quick release to the one supplied with the trainer. The bolts are a bit larger and are made to fit inside the bearings. (Note* The Kurt Kinetic fits many types of bikes so don’t worry if your bike doesn’t look like mine. It fits wheels 22″ to 29″ inches which most bikes are.)
2. Adjust the knob behind the roller so that it presses right up against your rear tire. You should be able to rock the tire back and forth without hearing a squeaking sound of the tire slipping and rubbing off of the roller. (Also it is best to use a mat to keep the trainer from sliding. I use an old yoga mat.
3. As far as accessories, the only one you’ll really need is a riser ring. These are made my Kurt Kinetic and are used to stabilize your front wheel as well as add height so that you don’t feel like your riding down a hill for an hour. They sell a turntable version, which I don’t recommend it due to instability issues.
4. The only thing left is to create your own personal setup. Worried you will be bored to tears sitting stationary in a room, peddling your day away? You’re not thinking creative enough my friend. The beauty of riding indoors from time to time is that you get to entertain yourself in ways you normally couldn’t on the road. For example, I have mastered my setup using Amy’s sewing table and extra long headphones. Just remember, although the Kinetic is quieter than other trainers, it can still make it hard to hear something coming from your computer or TV, so headphones are a good idea. Oh and DON’T FORGET A TOWEL! I can’t stress this enough. When you’re outside you don’t realize how much you sweat because the wind dries it so fast. You are going to sweat, ALOT. So have a towel handy as well as a fan nearby. I personally like to use my New England Sucks towel I got at the 2007 AFC Championship game in Indianapolis.
Ready to Ride
So there you have it. You are up and ready to ride in no time. Allow yourself to be distracted by your entertainment, but to fine tune your workout find time for amped up 1 minute intervals at a higher pace. This helps avoid monotony as well as makes for a better workout.
Tips on buying a Kurt Kinetic
Investing in a brand new Road Machine will run your $379. Now that’s a pretty steep price for an indoor trainer. I agree, that’s why I’m telling you, before you walk into a store SHOP ONLINE. Look for used trainers on Craigslist or Ebay. Remember what I said, these things will practically last you forever, so why go out and buy a brand new one? Also, this is a workout machine, and what comes to mind when you think of anything involving workout equipment? People quit. There will always be someone out there that invested in a trainer that used it once or twice and lost interest. I found mine on Craigslist from a guy not too far from me for almost half the price of a new one.
Indoor Trainer Workout Plans:
There is so much you can do to build endurance, shed weight and build muscle while riding on an indoor trainer. Cycling 101 is a great ebook that gives you a lot of workout plans that seriously work. Also scroll down to see the Hammer Nutrition links. I use these on my long rides, indoor and out. Click Here!