10 Essential Turbo Training Accessories!
Our Top 10 Turbo Training Essential Accessories: Everything you need for you pain cave set up!
When you ride outside, you’re cooled by the airflow. Indoors it’s a completely different story and there’s nothing to cool you down. When you’re pushing lots of watts out, your body generates a lot of heat too. Without a fan, you’ll quickly overheat & get sweaty!
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2. Sweat Towels
Fan or no fan – on the turbo you will sweat. So keeping a towel within easy reach is a good idea. Like any gym equipment, this is going to need to go in a hot wash pretty regularly.
3. Floor Mat
Not only will you sweat on yourself, but you’ll also sweat all over your bike and floor. As sweat contains a lot of salt, this can damage both over time. The solution is to stick a mat over your training area. With noisier turbos, this will also help dampen any vibration, something particularly important when used on a hard floor.
4. Sweat Guards
Sweat can corrode components on bikes, especially anything with bearings like bottom brackets and hubs. By using a sweat guard over the handlebars and top tube, it’ll protect your bike from getting covered in sweat. Save on continually wiping down your bike or risking the corrosion of any steel or aluminium
components with a sweat guard. Clipping to the handlebars and running back towards the saddle, once you finish you can pop it in the wash with the rest of your kit.
5. Laptop and iPad stands for turbo training and indoor cycling
If you want to run programmes like Zwift or TrainerRoad you’ll also want a screen to display your data. A tablet or laptop is ideal, while a phone will do at a push. For larger screens, a dedicated stand can be useful.
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6. App for virtual racing when indoor training
There are now several apps that can be paired with a smart trainer to simulate riding and racing. Letting you match up with people around the world on a range of virtual courses, by far the most popular is Zwift. But you may also consider… RGT Cycling , Rouvey, TrainerRoad
7. Front wheel riser block
A turbo trainer raises a bike’s rear wheel, so it’s a good idea to secure your front wheel in a riser block to reduce excess movement. While you can use the old fashioned method of sticking a couple of books under the front wheel to
counter this, we think you’re better off using a riser block.
8. Muc Off Indoor Training Cleaner
The Muc Off Cleaner and Sweat Protect can be used on all surfaces – including aluminium, stainless steel, plastic and carbon. The cleaner provides the perfect protection for all of your indoor training and gym equipment.
9. ANT+ receiver
ANT+ receiver is useful for ensuring ANT+ FE-C connectivity between your trainer and computer or laptop. This means that these devices will be able to communicate with each other and ensure proper functionality. There is nothing more frustrating then loosing connectivity mid session!
10. Turbo Trainer Tyre
Trainer tyres are useful for riders who have a wheel-on trainer.
Specific turbo trainer tyres use special compounds designed to stop the tyre overheating and make it last longer. Read our blog here “Turbo Trainer tyres; do I need one? which do you recommend?”
Just keep in mind that trainer tyres are not suitable for riding outdoors.
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We hope you find this article useful. If you have any questions then just shout – we are on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Turbo Trainer Hire Team