As the nights get darker and the days get colder here in the Midwest, cyclists have few choices available. Either you can continue your riding with a dedicated winter bike (fat bike, studded mountain bike), ride a stationary trainer, or just hang it up and cross train for the year. At Erik’s we find we can’t go long without riding our bike, so the first two options are preferred. For days when time or light doesn’t allow though, a trainer is the ticket.
Let’s face it though, when spring hits again, you want to ride! The best way to do this is on a trainer – whether you spend a half hour on it to keep the legs loose a few times a week or sit down for a stationary century, trainer time is well spent. Erik’s has all the trainers and accessories to help you get the most out of your rides.
One new product coming this fall is the Silencer Direct Drive Mag Trainer from CycleOps. Most trainers are great for their use of use and ability to stow out of the way when not in use, but when you really want to get the best workout or you have to share the space with the rest of the family, things can get a bit tricky.
Trainer noise is important to consider when you want to watch TV or training videos; the Silencer addresses this with a whisper-quiet magnetic resistance unit making your ride welcome in almost any room of the house (we don’t make the rules in your house, so where exactly may have to be a negotiation).
The CycleOps Silencer also locks your bike on in place of your rear wheel for maximum stability. If you’re doing intervals, this trainer will truly stay stationary under you, and with no rear wheel, you don’t need to worry about kids or pets in the room while you ride!