You don’t have to take my word on any of the 4 indoor bike trainers. I may not be able to tell you whether or not you should purchase one yourself but I can provide you with the criteria to help you find the stationary bike stand that suits you. The most common aspects of your search may include the following:
- Noise Level
- Trainer Design
In our opinion, after trying out different trainers and speaking with many other bike stand users, price, functionality and customer feedback are good indicators for deciding upon a trainer.
Most people tend to seek out the least expensive product on the market, purchase it and then become disappointed when it fails them. My road bike costs a lot more than my indoor bike trainer so I have no intention of mounting it on a cheap, poor quality trainer – and believe me, I have done this before. The reality is that cheaper trainers tend to be very loud, prone to failure, and/or are in need of constant repair. A higher end trainer is quiet, provides a similar road-like feel, and will most likely last for a long time. So don’t focus solely on the price as your only determining factor, be sure to go through the different criteria to make a solid decision.
When it comes to the functionality of a bike stand, it could easily encompass some of the other criteria. However, with functionality I’m looking to determine how easy it is to set up the trainer and what support materials are available to assist me. Additionally, I want to know the amount of effort required during the mounting and dismounting process, as I don’t want to have to spend too much time screwing in bolts or twisting sockets just to get my bike on or off. It should be a simple process. Build quality and stability also fall under this category. A well-made bike stand should not be moving around or fall apart if I pedal harder, and I shouldn’t be worried about an indoor accident. I couldn’t face my buddies if I got a serious injury while riding…indoors!!! This is usually what separates a $50 product from a $150 one.
Whether you are purchasing a toothbrush or stationary bike stand, customer feedback should be important to you. Reading the reviews on Amazon will provide you with a better understanding of the products so that you can make the best-informed decision at the end. This is an essential indicator that you shouldn’t ignore, unless you are like me and you randomly like chatting with other cyclists in public or connecting with people from all over the internet – yes it sounds crazy but all the information I’ve gotten has been priceless not to mention new riding buddies!
I am not suggesting that you read every single review comment – that would take a lot of time. The best thing you can do is look at the 5-star rating and the total number of reviews. For example: would you buy a bike stand (or any product for that matter) with rating of 5 out of 5 and only 1 customer review? Or would you prefer the one with a 4.6 rating and 100+ reviews? My choice will always be the one with the most number of reviews and not the one with the highest average rating.