Cheap Turbo Trainers and Rollers
Affordable training systems for those who train at home
Welcome to my turbo trainer section. I should point out that prior to buying, if possible newcomers may wish to borrow a trainer or rollers to test out first. In short, it can be a pretty sweaty and boring affair, even with a TV or music to keep you occupied; it's not for everyone. You'll also want to invest in a decent fan unless you're a masochist and want to suffer in the heat!
Turbo Trainers and Rollers are effective method of training, particularly in the winter with dark evenings and icy roads. On trainers you don't need to worry about balancing or steering, meaning that you can arguably push yourself harder than you would when real life riding roads and trails. Rollers on the other hand, require balance and concentration, and newer riders will need to practice before feeling at ease.
Modern trainers can be integrated with services such as Zwift, SufferFest, TrainerRoad and BKool, enabling you to ride and race against other riders from around the world, which may help to alleviate any aforementioned boredom!
It's worth checking that any trainer you settle on will fit your bike - wheel size is key here. The majority are designed for road (700c) wheels, but many will also take 27.5" (650b), 29" or even 26" MTB wheels. It's worth checking first, as turbo trainers are fairly bulky, so returns will be a pain!
Onto my turbo trainer deals..
There are a few on Amazon and eBay, Facebook Marketplace & Gumtree although in most cases the prices have increased dramatically (supply & demand I guess!)
Another option is direct from China - Aliexpress.com have a few listed (although they are mostly unknown brands, and will take a few weeks to arrive, but at least they currently have stock.
So what should you do? I'd advise asking your local cycling friends/clubs to see if they've got an old one knocking around in their sheds, as well as local shops (they may have an ex-display model out the back), or consider a spin bike if you've got the room? Also keep checking back here - I update the stock every day, so one or two may be available soon. Please note that prices are pretty high at the moment, so google the regular RRP to avoid getting ripped off.
Hope this helps, Claire x