Best Indoor Bike Trainers

Best Indoor Bike Trainers Review

We’re not taking about Joe Wicks here, this is about resistance trainers attached to the back of your bike for indoor cycling. Bike Trainers are ideal for cycling when the weather is lousy, you prefer cycling away from busy city centre roads or you just want a quick spin.

This year has seen a boom in indoor cycling as lockdown prevented us from being outdoors and was a great way to keep cycling without mixing with others. There are a number of indoor trainers to choose from, including uber expensive smart bikes, almost-as-expensive smart turbo trainers, bike rollers and what we’re going to concentrate on here, basic friction trainers.

  • Direct-Drive Trainers: These connect to the rear drop-outs on the frame, replacing your rear wheel and providing resistance through the trainer mechanism. You will need to purchase an additional cassette to use with this type of trainer. These tend to be the most expensive option but they are also the most accurate and closest to real cycling on the road.
  • Friction Trainers: A small roller is placed against the rear wheel and a motor provides the resistance. These trainers are much smaller and lighter than direct-drive trainers, making them portable and easy to put-away after use. Whilst they are much cheaper, they’re not as accurate and can be noisier but are definitely a good choice for the money.
  • Rollers: The most basic style here and an option that requires the cyclist to learn how to use as riding on rollers isn’t quite the same as the other options. Resistance can range from very low to high, depending on the specific unit. Rollers are useful but will require a learning period.

Things to Consider

You’ll need a few accessories to go with your new trainer, a mat to ensure you don’t mark the floor, a moulded cup for your front wheel and a towel to catch the drops of sweating (trust me on this).

Quick release is important for removing the bike without hassle but make sure this isn’t at the risk of losing stability, it’s better to feel safe when cycling and take an extra few minutes to put everything away.

Most bike trainers are suitable for use with road bikes and mountain bikes but it’s worth just checking the width options on the unit before making the final choice. It’s also worth checking the noise-levels too, both for your own sanity and that of your flat mates and family.

The trainers in this review have variable speed resistance options, enabling you to dial up or down depending on what’s on your training schedule. The resistance wheel will cause friction (its what it does) on your rear wheel so it’s advisable to consider an additional rear wheel and tyre combo for use with your trainer. Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to have an old bike, use that and save your other bike for the roads.

Top 10 Indoor Bike Trainers & Turbo Trainers

Review #1
Velo Pro Turbo Trainer | Variable Resistance Magnetic Indoor Bike Trainer for Road & Mountain Bicycles | Stationary Exercise Bike Training Stand | Folding Steel Frame | 26" - 28", 700C Wheels (Black)
  • Handlebar Mounted 6 Gear Variable Resistance.
  • Magnetic Roller for Ultra Quiet Spinning Exercise and a Realistic, Comfortable Ride.
  • Leave the Weather Outside and Boost Training Indoors.
  • Front Wheel Level Stand for Support Improving Comfort and Efficiency.
Review #2
UNISKY Bike Trainer Stand Indoor Exercise Magnetic Bicycle Training Stand Quick Release Riding Stand for Mountain & Road Bike
  • DOUBLE LOCK SYSTEM: The two knobs on the left and right of the stationary bike trainer construct the dual locking system, making it easily to lock your bike in place. For each part, one bigger knob...
  • STEADY, STABLE AND FIRM: The indoor exercise bike trainer is designed with dual-support structure. The wide frame and front wheel riser block keep it away from wobbling and reach unshakable balance....
  • SPIN SMOOTHLY: Bike trainer with noise reduction resistance wheel makes your cycling virtually silent, then you can keep the normal volume of music when riding. Note: The noise has a lot to do with...
  • FOLDABLE AND PORTABLE: After quick installation, you can begin to ride indoor. After exercise, you can take the bike off the trainer and fold the bike trainer easily. You may put it at any corner in...
SaleReview #3
Sportneer Turbo Trainer, Bike Trainer Stand Steel Bicycle Exercise Magnetic Stand with Noise Reduction Wheel for Indoor Trainer (Black)
  • Stability On Any Surface: Built with a wide base and low stance for unshakable balance. Features 5 adjustable antislip rubber feet to even out any uneven flooring
  • Spin In Silence: Smooth, seamless design and noise reduction resistance wheel mean you there’s no need to amp up the volume when you build up the burn (Note: The noise is mainly related to the...
  • 6 Resistance Settings: Train to your standards with bar-mounted remote and wide range resistance curve to simulate all cycling conditions
  • Easy Bike Release: Ready to head outside? Just hit the press-down lever clamp to easily release and remove your ride. Front wheel riser block and rear quick release lever are included for quick...
Review #4
UNIKSY Turbo Trainer Bike Trainer Stand Indoor Exercise Bicycle Training Stand Magnetic Riding Stand with 6 Level Resistance for Mountain & Road Bike
  • QUICK RELEASE AND LOCK: The handle at the stationary bike trainer not only can release the bike off the trainer quickly by lifting up, but also can lock the bike with the trainer quickly by pressing...
  • 6 LEVEL RESISTANCE SETTINGS: With a remote controller of 6-level adjustment, you can change resistance to comply with the cycling conditions you want and enjoy different riding experiences. After...
  • STEADY, STABLE AND FIRM: The indoor exercise bike trainer is designed with dual-support structure. The wide frame and front wheel riser block keep it away from wobbling and reach unshakable balance....
  • SMOOTH IN SPIN: When riding a bike at home, a smooth and silent bike exercise trainer is definitely necessary. Bike trainer with noise reduction resistance wheel makes your cycling virtually silent....
Review #5
Oypla Indoor Bike Trainer - Fan Wheel Bicycle Cycle Fitness Cycling Machine
  • Official Oypla Branded Product - Brand New Free UK Delivery
  • Suitable For Bikes with 26" - 28" Tyres And Quick Release Wheels
  • Quick Release Skewer for Fast Rear Wheel Mounting/Releasing
  • Folds Flat for Easy Storage
SaleReview #6
PedalPro Bicycle Turbo Trainer - Turns Cycle Into Fitness/Speed/Exercise Training Bike
  • PedalPro Indoor Bike Resistance Trainer - Use your regular bike as an exercise bike in the comfort of your own home
  • Great way to get fit - Bicycle fits and releases from trainer quickly and easily - Suitable for 26" - 28" And 700C wheel sizes
  • Easy to assemble - Trainer complete out of the box - Includes quick release skewer for rear bicycle hub to ensure precise & safe fitment in trainer
  • Heavy duty steel & aluminium construction - Nut lock on magnetic set to prevent tyre slipping - Speed knob quick release adjusters - Please note front wheel mount shown is for illustrative purposes...
SaleReview #7
Yaheetech Magnetic Turbo Trainer Foldable Indoor Bike Trainer Stand with Variable Speed Levels Wire-Control Turbo Trainer Stand Black
  • 🌊Solid Constructure - Constructed of quality magnet, corrosion-resistant alloy roller, and powder-coated high carbon steel, our indoor bicycle trainer can support the weight up to 120kg/264.6lb to...
  • 🌊6 Speed Adjustments - With a simple rotation on the handlebar mounted adjuster, you can adjust the magnetic resistor and switch the six resistance levels in seconds to meet your needs about...
  • 🌊Practical Home Gym Accessory - This indoor bike trainer fits for 26'' to 28'' and 700C wheels, and comes with a quick release skewer, so it requires a bike with a rear quick release wheel. Great...
  • 🌊Easy-to-apply - We provide a detailed instruction for use to help you set up your indoor cycling trainer quickly and easily. The package includes a quick release skewer for rear wheel hub and...
Review #8
Ultrasport Men's Adjustable Hand Grippers and Trainer, Adjustable Resistance, Chrome-Plated Springs, Non-Slip Rubber Grip, Infinitely Variable Resistance Level, Grip Strength Training, Blue, One Size
  • 7 gears, gear-shift possible via cable
  • With front wheel support
  • Ergonomic tensioning and adjustment handles
  • TUV certified, steel construction
Review #9
UNISKY Fluid Bike Trainer Stand Turbo Trainer Indoor Riding Bike Stand Exercise Bicycle Training Stand for Road & Mountain Bikes
  • DOUBLE LOCK SYSTEM: The two knobs on the left and right of the stationary bike trainer construct the dual locking system, making it easily to lock your bike in place. For each part, one bigger knob...
  • SMOOTH IN SPIN: When riding a bike at home, a smooth bike exercise trainer is definitely necessary. The fluid-drive bike exercise trainer resistance wheel reduce sound and makes your cycling...
  • STEADY, STABLE AND FIRM: The indoor exercise fluid bike trainer is designed with U-shape structure. The extra wide frame and front wheel riser block keep it away from wobbling and reach unshakable...
  • FOLDABLE AND PORTABLE: After quick installation, you can begin to ride indoor. After exercise, you can take the bike off the trainer and fold the bike trainer easily. You may put it at any corner in...
SaleReview #10
Yaheetech Turbo Trainer with 6 Speed Adjustment Folding Bike Trainer Stand Magnetic Bike Trainer with Wire-control, Fits for 26" - 29", 700C Wheels, Road/Mountain Bikes
  • 🚲【Unfolded Overall Dimension】4.5 x 62 x 40.5 cm / 21.5 x 24.5 x 16’’ (WxDxH); Folded overall dimension: 54.5 x 19 x 49 cm / 21.5 x 7.5 x 19.3’’ (W x Thickness x H).
  • 🚲【Solid Construction】This indoor bicycle trainer is comprised of quality magnet, corrosion-resistant alloy roller, and powder coated high carbon steel stand which has the reputation for its...
  • 🚲【6 Speed Adjustments】With a simple twisting at the handlebar-mounted cable-attached adjuster, you can adjust the magnetic resistor and switch the six resistance levels in seconds to meet your...
  • 🚲【Great Compatibility】This magnetic bike trainer fits for 26'' to 29'' and 700C wheels, and comes with a quick release skewer, so it requires a bike with a rear quick release wheel. Universal...