Do you live in a climate that's not conducive to year round training on your bike? Although I live in Florida, there are many days when I just can't get outside during daylight hours to train. Rainy days, short daylight hours during the winter, HOT days, hurricane watch - you get the idea.
I've wanted to get a bike trainer so I could enjoy indoor workouts anytime of day, night or during adverse weather conditions. CycleTEK was kind enough to send me one of their high-tech cycle trainers, the Momentum 1 Pro.
Quiet and Smooth Bike Trainer
The Cycletek Momentum uses a giant flywheel along with fluid resistance which makes it nice and quiet. I live in a Townhouse style apartment, so I've got neighbors on both sides of my unit. I usually watch a cycling DVD or my favorite movie to help relieve the boredom of indoor training. This unit isn't noisy so I don't have to turn the volume up to an unreasonable decibel level. That's a big win-win for both me and my fellow apartment dwellers.
Although the Cycletek has foldable legs, allowing it to be moved or put away in storage when not in use, it's pretty heavy so I have mine setup permanently in my living room. Right now I'm using the trainer with my Trek Madone 6.5 carbon frame road bike. This is the bike I race on so it makes sense to do most of my training on this bike.
I find it can get a bit boring to train indoors so my apartment biking sessions are often under 1 hour in duration, although I have gone up to 80 minutes on the CycleTEK. To help make things more interesting I like to put in a great cycling movie, like Breaking Away, to help relieve boredom. I've also used some of the Epic Rides cycling videos to virtually ride great cycling routes across the United Sates while riding the CycleTEK.
Do you use a trainer as part of your regular workout routine? Drop me a line and let me know your favorite brand and model of bike trainer.
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva