How To Choose and Use An Exercise Bike Stand
An exercise bike stand
provides a wonderful indoor workout when the weather is not conducive to an outdoor ride. Both indoor bicycle
trainers and stationary bike stand rollers come with their advantages and disadvantages. When you use them
properly, you can yield the best results.
All types of stationary bike stands can be stored in small spaces since most are made to be folded up. These
lightweight stationary bike stands usually come fully assembled and are equipped with a cushioned bottom so as
not to scratch the floor.
Exercise Bike Trainers
Bike trainers, which include
magnetic, fluid and wind resistance, are simple to use. You just attach the rear bicycle wheel to the trainer
and go for an indoor ride. Since trainers attach, you get increased resistance.
However, the way you get
resistance is another issue. While some trainers allow for changes in resistance by way of a remote, others
require you to get off the bike, dismount it and change the settings. This is usually the case with different
types of magnetic exercise bike stands.
Then, there are fluid
trainers. Although fluid exercise bike trainers are the top of the food chain, they have had fluid leakage
issues. In less expensive fluid exercise bike stands, the impeller’s shaft penetrates into the fluid chamber,
where a rubber seal stops fluid from leaking. With usual wear and tear, as well as the heat generated by the
silicone fluid (up to 400 degrees), the rubber seal eventually fails.
I suggest paying the high
price tag for a Kurt Kinetic fluid stationary bike st
and because this brand uses liquid medical grade silicone, which is not affected by temperature. Furthermore,
series of magnets propel the unit, rather the being penetrated by an impeller.
Wind bike trainers, the least expensive of stationary bike
trainers, are at the bottom of the list of indoor bike trainers. When you use this type of exercise bike stand,
pedaling drives an attached fan. The harder you pedal, the higher your wind resistance from the fan, which
produces a nice breeze. Unfortunately, because of the fan’s fixed size, you cannot change the resistance
While you get a realistic
feel with a wind resistance bike trainer, you cannot adapt the power curve. Yes, the harder you pedal, the
higher the resistance AND the noisier the equipment. Wind cycle trainers cannot be used where noise has to be
Stationary Bike Stand Rollers
Since exercise bike stand
rollers do not attach to a bicycle, you must balance yourself on the rollers. To account for the
be sure to correctly set the rollers by putting your bike on them and set the front wheel’s height the same as
the back wheel. You can use blocks of wood or adjustors to achieve this. Not taking the aforementioned suggestion
will offset balance, causing damage to the perineum area.
Set yourself up in a doorway, so that you can use
the sides to get adjusted. Or, have a partner assist you get set up properly.
You might want to have a box fan blow
on you since you won’t have the natural breeze found during outdoor cycling, unless you’re using a wind
Be sure to stay hydrated, especially
if you use a fan, which will dry your throat.
You might want to get a sweat shield
to insulate the machine since indoor perspiration can corrode a bicycle's frame and core
Follow your exercise bike stand’s
instructions to ensure safety.
Be aware that some stationary bike
stands come with a helpful training DVD to keep you in tip top shape and a warranty, in case anything
It is important to note that before
you begin using any type of exercise equipment, first consult your