Indoor Bike TrainerIn 2011 I began my weight loss journey by getting back on my bike. I set up an indoor bike trainer in the garage and just began to ride. I rode every day for 30 days. My first 30-day challenge. I did not notice a difference in the mirror nor did I see a difference on the scale. What I did do was create a new habit.

5 years later, I began my morning routine. In my research, I found that some of the most successful people on the planet all had a morning routine. I already began by getting up early to write down 10 ideas. In April 2016 I decided to participate in the 30-Day Bike Challenge. I thought about trying (with the emphasis on “trying”) to ride my bike after work. I would have plenty of sunlight when I got home to ride. I quickly recognized that I did not always have control over my afternoons.

I decided to wake up a little earlier and ride in the morning. I hopped on my cruiser bike and rode for about 5 miles. What started as a 30-day challenge became part of my morning routine. I now call it my Morning Bike Grind.

Everything was perfect. Here in Boulder, we get over 300 days of sunshine. Riding outside all year long is normal here. And I was able to ride every day until the first snowfall.

As much as I enjoy riding outside every morning, there are some days when I just can’t. For those days, I rely on an indoor bike trainer.

There are all kinds of indoor bike trainers available today. Here is a list of 10 trainers that range from someone just getting started, to the professional athlete.

Blackburn Tech Mag 1 Bike Trainer

Blackburn produces all kinds of bicycling accessories. From bottle cages to bike racks. This indoor bike trainer is priced to get you started. If you are uncertain if you are going to commit to an indoor program, this is a great way for you to try it.

Gavin Indoor Bike Trainers

The cheapest price point of the lot. While this trainer does not have any real features, this is what keeps the price low. You get what you pay for.

CycleOps Fluid2 Indoor Trainer

Cyclops is one of the market leaders in indoor bike trainers. I used this trainer to get me off of the couch and back on my bike. The fluid in the flywheel increases the resistance the faster you spin.

Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 Fluid Trainer

Kinetic is a newer name in indoor bike trainers. This basic fluid trainer can be upgraded with additional features.

CycleOps Magnus Trainer

This is cyclops entry into smart trainers. These types of bike trainers have the capability to measure watts. Watts is the unit of power cyclists use to measure and evaluate their training.

Tacx Flow Smart Trainer

This is a magnetic indoor bike trainer with smart capabilities. It is priced much lower than smart fluid trainers. A great value.

Kinetic Rock and Roll Smart Bike Trainer

With smart features and fluid resistance, Kinetic adds their proprietary rock and roll feature that simulates real riding on the road.

Kickr Snap Power Bike Trainer

While you may not have heard of Kickr by Wahoo, this is the trainer that some of the top tier world cycling teams utilize for their athletes. This may be one of their lesser priced stand models yet it is packed with features for every cyclist.

CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive Smart Trainer

Rather than attaching your rear wheel to a stand, this trainer acts as your rear wheel and connects to your bike’s rear triangle. This feature provides an incredibly smooth and quiet ride for everyone. Able to connect with any virtual cycling app and has the ability to stay cool under tremendous pressure.

Elite DRIVO Interactive Trainer

Elite is another brand of trainers utilized by the highest level athletes in the sport of cycling. The DRIVO is a direct drive trainer with all of the features available at this price. It is also available in Giro pink for all of you fans of the Italian Classic Tour.

BONUS: Zwift

Zwift is a cycling app that can be paired with any smart indoor bike trainer. Using your phone or preferably a full-size tablet, you can go on simulated group rides along any of the great routes here in the Rocky Mountains, classic Tour De France stages, or routes along the Spring Classics. Ride alone or compete with others in real-time. With Zwift, virtual reality comes to indoor bike training.