Still can’t face the turbo? Here are two other alternatives.
Rollers offers a more technically challenging alternative to a turbo trainer and are preferred by some riders for the increased interest offered by having to make sure you stay upright.
Rollers are great for honing your technique and working on core stability, though their inherent instability makes eye-out intervals much more difficult than on a static, fixed turbo trainer.
Once you’ve mastered the technique of riding on rollers, it’s easier to get going for training sessions as you only have to place your bike on the drums, clip in and pedal off into the distance (well, maybe not).
That said, rollers take up more space than a turbo, but many, including the Minoura ActionRoller Advance reviewed here, can be folded.
Wattbikes are used extensively by British Cycling and for good reason – they offers an incredibly smooth riding sensation, with plenty of resistance adjustment and enough numbers (including power and left/right pedaling efficiency) to keep the most data-hungry rider happy.
The main drawback is the cost, at £2,250 for the latest model, but Wattbike now offer a zero per cent finance option for payment.