Bike Trainers

At Wersell’s, we carry a full line of indoor training equipment for your bicycle.  Cycle trainers are devices that attach to the rear wheel of a normal bicycle, allowing it to be used as an indoor exercise bike.

CycleOps trainers, which start at $159.99, are our most popular models, with wind, magnetic and fluid trainers available.  ALL come with Lifetime warranties, excellent stability, and great road feel.  Blackburn also makes a full line of trainers.  We carry their Mag and Fluid trainers, starting at $169.99.

We also carry CycleOps and Minoura rollers.

Perhaps you’re asking yourself, “What are fluid, mag, and wind trainers?  What is the difference?  And what the heck are rollers?”  Keep reading to find out.

Types of Trainers

All cycle trainers use a metal frame to hold the bike upright and lift its rear wheel off the ground.  The rear tire then rests against a metal roller, allowing the bike to remain stationary while pedalling.  The difference in trainers comes from the way they produce resistance.

Wind Trainers

Wind trainers use a fan to produce resistance.  As the rear wheel spins the roller, the roller spins a fan, which produces pedalling resistance as it pushes against the air.  The benefits of this design include low cost, natural progressive resistance (as you pedal faster, the resistance naturally increases), and no chance of overheating.  The drawbacks are that the fan can tend to be noisy.

Magnetic Trainers

Magnetic trainers use magnets to produce resistance.  The tire spins the roller, which spins a flywheel. A magnet produces resistance against the metal flywheel.  Most magnetic trainers, such as the Blackburn TrakStand Mag and the CycleOps Mag Trainer use a manual dial to move the magnet closer or further from the flywheel, thus increasing or decreasing the resistance.  The CycleOps Magneto Trainer, however, uses centrifugal force to automatically move the flywheel, progressively increasing the resistance as you pedal faster.

Benefits of magnetic trainers include reasonable price, quiet operation, and in the case of the Magneto, progressive resistance.  Drawbacks include lack of progressive resistance on most models, and the requirement that you get off the bike and manually adjust the resistance level.

Fluid Trainers

Fluid trainers use a combination of a weighted flywheel and a fluid-encased fan to produce the quietest, most realistic-feeling resistance of all trainers.  Like the wind trainers, fluid trainers use a fan to produce a realistic feeling natural progressive resistance.  However the fluid trainer’s fan is encased in a self-cooling, fluid-filled unit that allows it to spin silently.  Benefits of this design are quiet, smooth, and realistic-feeling progressive pedalling resistance.  The primary drawback of this unit is higher price.

So What are Rollers?

Rollers are a different sort of training device.  Unlike the typical cycle trainer, rollers do not hold the bicycle upright.  Instead, they consist of a series of three large rollers in a metal frame.  The rear wheel of the bike rests on the back two rollers, while the front wheel sits on the single front roller.  A belt connects the front and rear rollers.  As you pedal, the back wheel spins the back rollers, which spins the front roller via the belt, which spins the front wheel of the bicycle.  The gyroscope effect of the spinning wheels helps the cyclist stay upright.  Rollers have several advantages over trainers, the most important being that they can improve bike-handling skills as well as keeping the cyclist in shape.  This main advantage can also be a big drawback, as rollers can take some time to master.  They are also very quiet and give a more realistic-feeling ride than any trainer, although they take up much more floorspace.