Indoor bike trainers are an excellent way of ensuring you can get in your daily kilometers no matter what the weather's doing outside. For those who are unfamiliar with indoor trainers, selecting the right type can be a confusing process, so here’s an overview of the different varieties available and how to select the right one for your training needs.

Hard Tail Mountain Bikes

A hardtail mountain bike has no suspension at the rear OF the bike. In almost all cases, a hardtail mountain bike will feature front suspension in the forks, however, some very low cost models due use rigid forks. They're mechanically simpler — having no rear shock, pivots or tubes behind the seat which makes them lighter and brings down the cost too.

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Fluid Trainers

As their name suggests, fluid bike trainers employ the use of heat sensitive fluid contained within the flywheel to provide a riding experience which closely mimics that of riding outdoors. As your cadence increases, the fluid thickens due to the increase in temperature which creates resistance which becomes progressively stronger.
Fluid trainers are preferred by riders who take their training a little more seriously and generally create less noise than their magnetic counterparts which is great for those who like to exercise before the rest of the household is awake.

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Unlike trainers, rollers do not provide any resistance so you won’t be able to do sprint or interval training on them. However, rollers do provide a great full body workout as you’ll be using your core muscles to maintain your balance. Using rollers requires higher concentration and skill levels as your bike isn’t secured to the unit as it would be on a trainers. This will actually improve your balance and spinning technique out on the road as you’ll need to maintain a smooth, efficient cadence to keep yourself upright on rollers.

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