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Which bike trainer do I need?

If you don't want to cycle in bad weather, a bike trainer offers a solution to cycle inside. Before you buy it, you have to choose between a direct drive bike trainer and a wheel on bike trainer. There is also a difference between basic bike trainers and interactive bike trainers. In this article, we'll explain the difference and how to choose the right bike trainer for you.

Direct drive or wheel on

Direct drive bike trainers

Direct drive bike trainers

For the most realistic indoors training, use a direct drive bike trainer. You don't need a special training tire, because you attach your bike without a wheel to the trainer. As a result, the noise level of a direct drive bike trainer is lower than a wheel on bike trainer. It also offers the possibility to cycle with high resistance and simulate a high mountain incline. You can choose from an interactive or basic direct drive bike trainer.

Wheel on bike trainer

Wheel on bike trainers

With a wheel on bike trainer, you attach the rear wheel of your bike to the device. In most cases, you use the power grid, so the resistance is heavy and feels realistic. Some wheel on bike trainers don't use the power grid, which makes them more suitable for a warm-up or basic training. You can choose from interactive wheel on bike trainers and basic wheel on bike trainers.

Interactive or basic

Interactive bike trainers

Interactive bike trainers

You connect interactive bike trainers with special software, like the Zwift app or the Kinomap app. These apps keep track of your training performance, which you can then follow live on the screen. This way, you know exactly how fast you go an how many kilometers you've traveled. Many of these apps allow you to complete virtual routes from across the globe. In a virtual steep climb, the resistance of the bike trainer increase, so the training feels realistic. Both wheel on bike trainers as direct drive bike trainers can be interactive bike trainers.

Basic bike trainers

Basic bike trainers

A basic bike trainer is a bike trainer that you use without an accompanying app. So without any separate accessories, you can't track your cycling performance. This makes basic bike trainers particularly suitable for a warm-up or a training you've set up yourself. In most cases, a basic bike trainer is also a wheel on bike trainer.



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