A turbo trainer, by the nature of its design, will leave your bike at a very slight ‘downhill’ angle as the rear wheel is held off the ground.
A riser block, sold separately by most manufacturers, will solve this, and can be placed under the front wheel to bring the bike back to a natural level. Some also offer a range of heights to simulate the bike’s position when climbing.
Training videos can provide much-needed motivation to punish yourself through a set of vomit-inducing intervals.
A good training video will provide a tough but structured workout, with a clear training objective, and popular options include workouts from 3LC, run by Pete Kennaugh Snr (dad of Team Sky’s British champion).
The Sufferfest, meanwhile, offer a range of downloads set to a motivational soundtrack and with footage from the best races in the world and have just launched a subscription-based app too.
For London-based riders, meanwhile, Athlete Lab is an indoor cycling studio which uses ‘real’ bikes, rather than spin bikes, to mimic the feel of riding on the road in order to allow City-based cyclists to maximise their midweek training time.