With the winter well and truly set in for those of us cyclists in the Northern hemisphere, there’s one question that needs answering. This winter, do I upgrade my smart indoor trainer or look at purchasing a spin
The winter can spell disaster for your
Enter the smart trainer and spin
These two pieces of indoor cycling equipment have revolutionized the industry in recent years. They have become increasingly popular during the current pandemic. With gyms closed and many people unable to train outdoors, the smart trainer and spin
But the question is which one to choose? They both have pedals, a seat, and handlebars, so what’s the difference? Well, as you’re going to read in this article, the smart trainer and spin
Main Differences and Comparison Table
Almost everyone has either seen or used a spin
Alternatively, Smart indoor trainers take a little space, with the main difference being you need to have a
|Indoor Trainer||Spin |
|Footprint||Minimal space needed||Takes up more space than a smart trainer|
|Storage||Easy to store||Takes up a lot of space|
|Ergonomics||Fitted to your riding style||Good fit for regular gym goers|
|Convenience||Can be difficult and time-consuming||Easy to use|
|Sound||Typically loud||Quiet compared to a smart trainer|
|Main Objective||Serious cyclists||Perfect for gym goers|
|Resistance System||Direct Drive||Magnetic or belt drive|
What is a Smart Trainer
Simply put, smart indoor trainers, are a specially designed cycling tool that allows you to attach your road or mountain
You can purchase two types of smart trainers; the “wheel-on” and the “direct-drive” type.
This style of smart trainer requires you to remove the rear wheel and attach your
This is because your
As the name suggests, your rear wheel remains in place and comes in contact with a smooth metallic flywheel or cylinder to provide and control the power.
The wheel-on trainers are an excellent option for those on a limited budget or those who don’t ride regularly but don’t be fooled, I’ve been using a Wahoo Kickr Snap for four years now, and it hasn’t missed a beat [fingers crossed]
Compared to the Direct Driver trainers, wheel-on trainers are much easier to set up as there’s no need to remove your rear tire. However, there are two significant downsides. Your back tire will wear relatively quickly, and calibration of the trainer is recommended before each session which can take time depending on the wifi connection.
What is a Spin
The term “spin
There are now numerous indoor cycling companies, and choosing the right one can be confusing. Many top brands such as Schwinn and Peloton come equipped with the latest technology, including 22″ LCD screens, heart rate monitors, BlueTooth, and access to live and on-demand classes.
Spin bikes are robust and durable and built with tough training sessions in mind. Tracking data and metrics is easy with most spins bikes tracking distance, time, cadence, calories, and heart rate. Unlike a regular stationary
Adjusting resistance is also easy. Simply turn a mechanical knob located on the frameset. Resistance is generally magnetic, making for a smooth and quiet riding experience. Other accessories typically included are water bottles, built-in fans, and even lightweight dumbbells.
Differences in Resistance
The resistance provided by smart trainers and spin bikes couldn’t be further apart when it comes to resistance. Smart trainers either provide their resistance mechanically or physically, depending on the type of trainer.
On the other hand, Spin bikes use magnetic or electronically controlled resistance, which provides users with up to 100 levels of micro-adjustable resistance and a smooth-riding experience.
Adjusting the resistance also varies significantly between smart trainers and spin bikes. A smart trainer will utilize advances in technology via your smartphone or PC. At the same time, conventional spin bikes need to be adjusted manually, generally by turning a knob on the
The differences in resistance mean two vastly different riders use spin bikes and smart trainers. Spin bikes are generally used by
Training Classes And Programs
Actually, training programs and classes are almost identical for spin bikes and smart trainers. This is because the app and technology do all the muscle work, not the
Peloton, for example, offers live and on-demand training sessions that have been designed by some of the best cycling coaches in the world. There’s something for everyone with group leaderboards, races, and my personal favorite, the live classes.
Subsequently, smart trainers connect to apps such as Wahoo and Zwift via BlueTooth or ANT+ connection. Zwift allows you to ride the exact routes of some of the most famous professional cycling races globally, like the Tour De France. Ride the iconic Mont Ventoux or climb Alpe D’huez; it’s all possible at the touch of a button.
Bike fit and geometry are the two most significant aspects of achieving a comfortable and efficient ride for any serious rider.
This is why most hardcore cyclists choose to select the smart trainers as their trainer of choice. It’s not necessarily the trainer itself that is so attractive. It’s the fact that cyclists can continue riding with their bikes, meaning ergonomics and geometry are not sacrificed.
On the other hand, Spin bikes have drastically different riding positions than your typical road
The obvious action to take is purchasing a spin
If you already own a road
Main User Objective
Deciding whether to choose a spin
If you’re a serious hardcore cyclist, purchasing a smart trainer would be your best bet. You won’t need to outlay extra cash as you already have a
On the other hand, if you’re a beginner at indoor cycling and don’t have a
To spin or to ride? I’m sure if you follow the advice and information detailed above, you’ll come up with the correct answer for you.