Today’s tech has transformed the turbo trainer from a solitary pursuit to a social experience, full of exciting competition and interaction. Online training platforms, such as Zwift, TrainerRoad, and Sufferfest offer a gateway to a community experience, giving you goals and a clear pathway to improvement. The latest sensors and accessories, meanwhile, provide data insights equal to that of professional race teams – and it’s all within your grasp. And what’s more, it’s easy to get set-up and spinning, with fully integrated ‘smart’ trainers capable of getting you connected and involved in minutes.
An adjustable trainer table supports your devices and keeps gels and hydration within reach, reducing interruptions.
Keep noise levels to a quiet hum with a training mat. They'll also soak up any falling sweat and keep you anchored when sprinting.
If you're converting a standard trainer into a 'smart' set-up, you'll need speed and cadence sensors, and an ANT+ stick to communicate your performance to your device.
A sweat cover protects your bike's paintwork and components during those long miles.
Keep your quality rubber for the road with a specially designed training tyre. These hard-wearing tyres are a great option if you're using a 'wheel-on' style trainer.
If you're using the same bike for a direct-drive turbo and riding outside, many cyclists opt to have a rear wheel and cassette dedicated to their trainer. Not only does this limit the wear on your prized cassette, but it can make connecting and disconnecting from your trainer easier. However, if the training cassette is of a different size, you may need to run a longer or shorter chain to compensate.