Basic bike trainers are the perfect choice for cyclists looking to get into indoor training on a budget. They offer great training benefits at a fraction of the price of smart trainers and direct drive trainers.
What is a basic bike trainer?
A basic bike trainer is an indoor bicycle trainer that uses magnetic or fluid resistance to create training load in a completely analogue way. Basic trainers are mostly ''wheel-on'' type trainers, which means they use the bike's original wheel and a special trainer tire pressed against a roller attached to a resistance unit to generate training load. Basic trainers are perfect for riders looking for a cost-effective, lightweight and non-cumbersome way to start training during the winter. However, they do not connect to external devices and therefore do not offer the most realism.
Should i use a trainer tire?
We strongly recommend the use of a trainer-specific tire for using a basic/wheel-on trainer. The heat and friction generated by the roller/resistance unit can damage the tire prematurely and risk causing damage to the trainer itself as well. Check out our selection of tires designed specifically for bike trainers. To read more on trainer specific tires, check out our blog post.
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