Turbo Trainers allow you to train indoors with the relatively same feeling as riding outside. Really useful in Ireland's winter months, turbo trainers come in three different versions.
These are the most basic bike turbo trainers. They use magnetic resistance to imitate the feel of cycling outdoors. Few version come as a smart trainer and are limited in what they can offer when linked to training apps like Swift. They also require the use of a turbo specific tyre or a quite frequent replacement of your tyre as it is in contact with the resistance.
They are a step up from the magnetic trainers and gives a much quieter experience. The faster you get the harder it is to ride on these due to the progressive resistance curve fitted into them. If you are looking for an affordable smart turbo trainer, this is the ones you want to look at. Like the magnetic trainers, your tyre is in contact with the resistance and will wear overtime.
Direct drive trainers
Directly attaching to the drivetrain, these are usually motorised and must be plugged in. This means they can be programmed to allow for a more road-like feel and wider range of smart capabilities. Since you do not need your rear wheel on these, you also eliminate the need to replace your tyre as regularly as you would with the other trainers. These are the best turbo trainers you can get if you want to make the most out of your indoor training session.
Smart turbo trainers
As the technology of the turbo trainers evolved, we have seen the rise of the smart trainers. These available in the magnetic, fluid and direct drive trainers are interactive bike trainers that connect with training applications like Zwift, TrainerRoad, Rouvie and Sufferfest. Via these apps, you can control the trainer's resistance and replicate headwinds, ascents and drafting effects. They allow you to get more data out of your training sessions and therefore learn where you need to improve to come back on the outside world stronger than ever.
PRO TIP: While using a turbo trainer you will get real warm, so we advise you equip yourself with a good fan, a towel and plenty to drink while on the trainer.