If weather is keeping you indoors or you prefer a bit of extra training in the comfort of your home, an indoor bike trainer is great for any serious cyclist. Unlike a full-size exercise bike, many indoor trainers be tucked away in a closet, and you can get one for any budget.
Here are seven different trainers that will help keep your cycling stamina on track.
If you're ready to really invest in your training and want the best substitute for real-world riding, Tacx’s Neo Smart trainer is a tough one to beat. It's a of OutdoorGearLab, which praises it for offering the “most realistic road feel on the market,” as well as all of the features you'd expect from an admittedly high price tag. That includes support for a slew of third-party apps along with Tacx’s own, and a more than ample maximum power of 2200 watts.
As popular as more modern trainers have become, there’s still plenty of cyclists who swear by traditional rollers to maintain their indoor training routine. While they won’t offer all of the features you’ll find on a smart trainer, they do have one big advantage in that they can improve your bike handling since you have to actually balance on them.
Another favorite among high-end smart trainers is Wahoo’s Kickr which, like the Tacx Neo, is loaded with features with few trade-offs. It gets high marks from and (among others), which praise its wide range of connected features, sturdy design, and ability to precisely dial in resistance—not to mention its quiet operation.
Your training may be important to you, but chances are it isn’t quite the same priority for the people around you. If you’re looking to keep them as happy as possible, you may want to look at a trainer like the STAC Zero, which the company claims is the “quietest bike trainer on the planet.” That’s a claim largely backed up by reviews from and others, and the trainer itself is also fairly light and compact, folding down to just three inches high when not in use.
If you don't have tons to spend, this fluid resistance trainer from Travel Trac is one of the more consistently well-reviewed budget options around, and will more than get the job done for most average cyclists. The company’s is even less expensive, but you’ll have to put up with a bit more noise.
You don’t necessarily have to spend over $1,000 to get a full-featured trainer. Elite’s Direto is a particularly well-reviewed option, and, as DC Rainmaker notes in his , it can easily compete with trainers costing hundreds more. That includes full support for Zwift and other connected apps, with only some slight tradeoffs when it comes to things like road feel and maximum power output.
One of the best-selling and better-reviewed trainers among Amazon customers, CycleOps Fluid 2 is more than twice the price of a trainer like the Travel Trac, but that buys you a sturdy 16-gauge steel frame that’ll keep your bike stable, as well as a lifetime warranty from CycleOps. A riser block that offers three separate training heights is also available separately (), or as a with the trainer.