It’s not always ideal to take your bike out on the open road, especially in snow or rain. But if you still want to get that cycling session in on days when the weather is bad, you might want to consider investing in a bike trainer, which actually attaches to your bike for a more realistic indoor cycling experience. Bike trainers typically consist of a frame and a clamp that holds the bike securely, a roller that’s pressed up against the back wheel and a mechanism used to provide resistance. Here, we did some research and rounded up a few of the best bike trainers on the market. Each of our picks is built to last and is able to fit a variety of mountain and road bike tire sizes.
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1. Sportneer Bike Trainer
This bright red model offering six resistance settings is suitable for any road or mountain bike with 26 to 28-inch or 700c wheels. It also comes with a bar-mounted remote for easy adjustments while you’re riding.
Pros: It’s built with a wide base and low stance to ensure optimal balance. The press-down lever clamp seamlessly releases and removes your wheel when you want to head outside. A front wheel riser block and rear quick-release lever are included for quick installation. It also features five adjustable anti-slip rubber feet to even out any uneven flooring.
Cons: Some may find it rather loud.
2. Saris CycleOps Fluid2 Bike Trainer
This machine has a large, precision-balanced flywheel for a road-like feel and actually allows you to shift gears. The 2-inch resistance unit roller fits 650b, 700c, and 26 to 29-inch wheel sizes and 2.0 tires.
Pros: The steel quick-release skewer fits road and mountain bike frames. It has three settings for rear dropout spacing: 120mm, 130mm and 135mm. A patented fan design enhances performance and longevity. The precision-machined alloy roller reduces tire wear and slippage. A clutch knob offers great roller to tire tension and supports up to 300 pounds. It’s compatible with various indoor cycling apps.
Cons: Some may find it doesn’t work well on carpeting.
3. BalanceFrom Bike Trainer
Featuring a wide base and low stance, this option delivers unshakable balance and is able to accommodate up to 330 pounds. It’s also fit for any mountain or road bikes with 26 to 28-inch tires or 700c wheels.
Pros: A quick-release clamp helps secure your rear wheel tightly. Meanwhile, the handlebar-mounted resistance controller easily allows you to adjust the eight magnetic resistance levels the bike offers. The rubber feet will prevent the unit from scratching wood floors. Thanks to special sound-reduction technology, it’ll only make a bit of noise when used with road bike tires. It folds up.
Cons: Some may find the setup instructions aren’t very clear.
4. Alpcour Fluid Bike Trainer
This style’s solid metal frame, wide-set design and low stance give it great stability. Rubber coated pads also prevent slippage. It’s compatible with road or mountain bikes featuring a 26 to 29-inch or 700c wheel.
Pros: The flywheel mechanism creates drag against the back tire to replicate real cycling. The level of friction fluctuates based on your pedaling speed, making this fluid system ideal for riders that like to change their pace as they go. Noise-reduction technology offers an almost completely silent ride. A dual-lock tension knob enhances security. It comes with a convenient carrying bag and folds up.
Cons: The weight limit is 220 pounds.
5. Rad Cycle Pro Trainer
Designed for bikes with 26 to 28-inch or 700c wheels, this royal blue style has seven magnetic tension levels that simulate real road conditions. It also offers a wide base design and smooth, relatively quiet ride.
Pros: You’ll barely notice any noise when using it while watching TV or listening to music. It comes with a quick-release axel if you don’t have one. The resistance controller conveniently clamps to your handlebars for easy adjustments. Non-slip floor grips stabilize the front wheel. The trainer folds for easy storage and while it’s sturdy, it’s also decently lightweight should you want to travel with it.
Cons: The max weight is under 300 pounds.
6. FDW Bike Trainer
This style is made with five levels of intensity that you control via the handlebars. The third resistance level gives the experience of riding on sand and the highest setting mimics the feeling of riding uphill.
Pros: It’s able to accommodate mountain bikes with 26 by 2-inch tires, hold approximately 300 pounds and folds up. You can adjust the height of the contact point by adjusting the knobs on the feet to adapt to various bikes. It comes with all the necessary tools for assembly. The feet are coated in rubber to avoid scratches on wood flooring. When set on the first resistance setting, the sound will not exceed 60 decibels.
Cons: Some may find the instructions poor.