Turbo-Training: The Basics

Picture credit: Dave Cox

  • 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.