The best indoor bike trainer

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    Monica Lee
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      I am looking to train more before and after work on my bike, but it is quite dark. Thoughts on the best indoor bike trainer?

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      Kim Degen
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        Hi Monica

        My vote would be for the Wahoo Kickr due to the easy setup and features. I love the fact that I’m not burning through tires any more due to the direct mount to the Kickr. It works good with apps like Zwift and Trainer Road too. Unfortunately it comes with a pretty big price tag which places outside many athlete’s budgets.

        DC Rainmaker does a great job reviewing and making recommendations on bike trainers in a variety of different price ranges so I would suggest taking a look at his latest article too…

        Annual Winter 2017-2018 Bike Trainer Recommendations by DC RAINMAKER

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        Marc Geraldez
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          I also have the Wahoo Kickr. I have it paired with Zwift and love it.

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          Monica Lee
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            Cool, thanks for the feedback!

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            Thom
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              I use the Wahoo Kickr. With the Performance Bike discount it cost me about $1000 from what I remember. You can spend about 1/2 that for the Kickr Snap but that is suboptimal for a couple reasons. The accuracy of the Kickr is about 2% versus 5% for the Snap if memory serves. Also with the Kickr you take your back wheel off so it is direct drive versus the Snap where you are ruining tires and smelling rubber.

              It has worked with no issues. Would recommend looking at YouTube for maintenance guidelines maybe every 6-12 months or as needed. Get yourself a lot of towels and make sure you wipe yourself and your bike down after your training. A fan is a must too.

              As for software check out Trainer Road, Sufferfest and Zwift. Each has their own feature set. Zwift moved there price up to $15/mo recently and many of my SoCal friends opted out due to all the great weather.

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                I use the Wahoo Kickr. With the Performance Bike discount it cost me about $1000 from what I remember. You can spend about 1/2 that for the Kickr Snap but that is suboptimal for a couple reasons. The accuracy of the Kickr is about 2% versus 5% for the Snap if memory serves. Also with the Kickr you take your back wheel off so it is direct drive versus the Snap where you are ruining tires and smelling rubber.

                It has worked with no issues. Would recommend looking at YouTube for maintenance guidelines maybe every 6-12 months or as needed. Get yourself a lot of towels and make sure you wipe yourself and your bike down after your training. A fan is a must too.

                As for software check out Trainer Road, Sufferfest and Zwift. Each has their own feature set. Zwift moved there price up to $15/mo recently and many of my SoCal friends opted out due to all the great weather.

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                Monica Lee
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                  Thanks Thom! I will defiantly check this out at Performance Bikes.

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