When I decided to do the Tri again this year, I was determined to train harder and smarter. One of my ways I wanted to do this was to train more and this lead to shopping for an indoor trainer. Your bike should feel like an extension of your body and you get this way by spending time together.
I went to my teammates for advice and began shopping around. I was told the electric ones are fine, but the fluid ones are quieter and offer more resistance on your ride. I settled on the Cycle Ops Fluid 2 trainer. Thanks to Amazon Prime, it was delivered in just two days.
The trainer comes with a few pieces: a skewer that you place on the back wheel and the pieces that will become the trainer. There are a lot of videos on YouTube that will walk you through the set up, but the instructions included are also very easy to follow. Scott helped me set it up and I was good to go.
To get your bike set up, you lower the fluid cog with the knob to allow more room for your tire while you’re maneuvering and center the tire skewer between the two levers. Once centered, secure it down by pulling a handle (I give the saddle a good shake just to make sure it’s in there good). Adjust the fluid cog so your tire has full contact with the mechanism – if your tire is barely on it, you will get no resistance and mistakenly think you’re much more fit than you are (I speak from experience). That’s it! See it in action on our Instagram here.
I bought a climbing block to elevate my front tire so I felt more level, but it all comes down to personal preference.
I loving having the option of riding at home. There’s one less excuse for me to skip my workout. I’ve riden during baseball games, while watching the ABC Family Harry Potter Marathon and while watching Furious 7 (I highly recommend watching action movies while riding. You go faster without noticing). The fluid really IS quiet (there’s an action video on our Instagram for you to refer to). I just wish I had a computer on my bike so I can monitor my cadence – I will be adding this to my Chrismas list!
Have you ever used an indoor trainer? What indoor workouts have you done? How do you stay motivated on your ride? Tell us in the comments!