Turbo-Training: The Basics
New to turbo-training? Our top six tips will see you spinning like a pro.
- A turbo-trainer is a stand which clamps to the rear axle of a bike with a roller beneath the rear wheel, turning the bike into a stationary cycle. The range on sale is enormous - see Triathlete’s World March 2011 for a round-up.
- Wherever you use it, make sure there’s plenty of ventilation because without forward movement there’s no wind to cool you down.
- Sweating can be a problem, so cover any carpet which may be dripped on, and the top of your bike to stop corrosion.
- A fan will keep you cool. Drink plenty.
- Turbo-trainers wear down tyres, so keep old ones to hand.
- You can buy risers to put under the front wheel to keep the bike level – or simply use phone directories.
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