Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Turbo Trainer

Turbo trainers allow cyclists to convert their usual cycles into indoor exercise bicycles. This has its own advantages and disadvantages, though, on a whole, cyclists recommend the use of turbo trainers.


• Turbo trainers allow the cyclist to save space in the house. Buying an indoor exercise bicycle would mean that the cyclist has to make room for two bikes in the house. However, with this trainer, he or she can convert their existing bicycle into an indoor bicycle.

• Buying this type of trainer means that the cyclist saves an amount equivalent to the cost of a new bicycle. Thus, they are quite inexpensive and affordable.

• They allow the cyclist to experience the feel of their own cycle. Thus, the cyclist does not have to make any posture adjustments while training with the turbo trainer. This ensures that there is minimal time lost in the adjustment and readjustment processes.

• The cyclist is at liberty to choose with which resistance level he or she wants to work. This allows for more personalized training than an indoor bicycle.


• While using this type of trainer the roller of the trainer will constantly rub against the tires to create resistance. As a result, by the time the winter months end, you will be left with well-worn bicycle tires that cannot be used on the road anymore. Thus, one has to change the bicycle tires when shifting from one mode of exercise to another. However, one can ease this problem by using quick release bicycle wheels.

• Bicycle trainers can be quite noisy because of the friction between the tires and the roller. However, with smoother tires, the reduction in noise levels is significant.

Thus, these trainers have both advantages and disadvantages. However, one can reduce the disadvantages largely by making a few adjustments.