With winter fast approaching, the pleasantries of waking-up hopping onto your bike to join your regular group to ride around the quiet streets are radically diminished by the on-set of the less than ideal morning temperatures.
In winter I choose, out of safety and comfort, to rather to spend some quality time turning out the watts on my indoor trainer (IDT). Now this may seem like a boring way to complete your session but get a desk fan, set-up shop in front of your TV or somewhere where you can look out onto some sort of scenery with some music and you can actually turn your dreaded IDT sessions into something far more bearable. I am one who would much rather be out on the road or trails than on the IDT but with the morning traffic and time constraints that varsity puts on me, it is quicker and far less hassle to jump onto the trainer than to put on layer after layer and head out the door to fight with the cars on the road. Another great advantage of an IDT session is you can control just about all the variables (except your legs inability to perform!). No need to stop at traffic lights, puncture or run out some gradient mid-interval. You can just keep pedalling on.
I have been using the CycleOps Fluid 2 trainer for the last 3 and a bit years. This is a great entry level trainer by CycleOps. It is pretty robust, so it can handle being bumped around a bit but the true beauty of this IDT is that you do not need to adjust the resistance while you ride. The resistance runs on an infinite curve which means that the harder you pedal the higher the resistance will be from the trainer. This is a fantastic concept as there is no need to spend any time worrying about what the correct resistance level is for any particular interval or session you are doing. The resistance is smooth and caters for just about every type of rider and training you will need. It is incredible quiet so it doesn’t seem like you are parked out on the runway at the airport every time you smash out your sprint intervals. I have loved using this trainer and it has great rubber feet caps that you can twist to stabilised the unit on just about any surface.
As with all CycleOps trainer, the Fluid 2 comes with a lifetime warranty so you can have peace of mind that should anything be faulty with your unit, they will repair or replace your unit without hassle.
So before you decide to quickly go out and buy the first trainer you see, take some time to have a look at the extensive range that CycleOps has to offer and rather make an investment in a valuable piece of equipment that will last you your cycling career to come.
For information on CycleOps, Powertap and Saris products, visit http://www.bicyclepower.co.za or stop by the Bicycle Power SA showroom on Rivonia road in Joburg
The Fluid2 trainer as it comes out the box.
The perfect entry level power training combo. Fluid2 trainer with the Powertap Joule head unit and Powercal HR belt.
Innovative rubberized rear feet, makes it easy to ensure that your trainer is level and does not rock and tilt while you ride.
The easy lock mechanism that allows you to set-up your bike on the trainer in a matter of minutes.