What Do You Need To Start Cycling Indoors? | GCN Turbo Training Top Tips

What Do You Need To Start Cycling Indoors? | GCN Turbo Training Top Tips

Training indoors is really time efficient, can easily be squeezed in around other life commitments, and allows you to train in a way that you can’t out on the road. If you’re stuck inside and want to keep training, but don’t know where to get started, Ollie’s here to talk you through everything you’ll need to start training indoors.

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  1. Troy Buttke on July 27, 2022 at 12:11 am

    I live in South Dakota. Something like this is necessary about seven months out of the year. Thanks, Ollie!

  2. Abdus Chowdhury on July 27, 2022 at 12:13 am

    I have a falcon super route Road bike for sale it has a 1X7 conversation £80 if anyone is interested.

  3. arnoldhau1 on July 27, 2022 at 12:13 am

    "It does not usually rain inside". Well, not everybody lives in the UK ;-)…

  4. happy feet on July 27, 2022 at 12:17 am

    your female presentator is pretty

  5. Adam McAllister on July 27, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Just get a really big house

  6. BelperFlyer on July 27, 2022 at 12:17 am

    We already have a turbo trainer with my wife’s old Peugeot racing bike on it but it is very boring to ‘ride’ as well as noisy. I’m 80 and my wife is 79 so we’re in the vulnerable group and looking forward to the next 12 weeks with some apprehension. What would be useful would be a video on setting up something like a Zwift system. We’re a bit odd in that we don’t own a TV but we each have a ‘proper’ desk top PC (I’m a retired electronics design engineer) so what kind of display/communication would we need?

    Thanks for your videos. They, amongst others, are helping us to stay sane.

  7. Chad Latta on July 27, 2022 at 12:19 am

    1) it’s literally torture. 2) see #1. That is all.

  8. Marcus Partridge on July 27, 2022 at 12:19 am

    It’s funny actually, I spend 95% of my time on my indoor trainer because of time and family constraints and now with all the quarantines going on, I’m like "welcome to my world" haha

  9. Global Cycling Network on July 27, 2022 at 12:21 am

    What’s your indoor training set up like?

  10. William Dalzell on July 27, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Has anyone used or bought the Zycle ZPro SMART Turbo Trainer thinking of getting one but can only find Spanish reviews cheers

  11. Reza Helali on July 27, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Hello guys on GCN chanel!
    First of all I have to thank you for all your work and help,
    I need to know witch saddle is the most comfortable for indoor training.
    Budget is not a problem , slr boost or s-work power mirror?? Or if you have an other saddle that you can recommend .

  12. adam dark on July 27, 2022 at 12:25 am

    GCN, giving us the stuff we need when we need it.

  13. SioLazer on July 27, 2022 at 12:27 am

    I’ve enjoyed a few of your training videos. I think the thing I struggle with is time in the saddle when it comes to indoor riding. It’s not about boredom, streaming is very available. I find it’s just so much more uncomfortable than riding on the road. Is this a matter of gradually increasing the amount of time?

  14. Mathew Rose on July 27, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Stupid question time. How hard is it to change the cassette on a Tacx or Kickr? Our blended bike family has Dura-Ace and Campy Record, but only the budget left for one wheel-off trainer at the moment.

  15. carlos diaz on July 27, 2022 at 12:33 am

    I recently got a turbo trainer but my road bike is tubeless. And I wanted to get a spear rear tire so it doesn’t damage my main one I use outside. I asked a local store and they said that that might be really hard to mange. Any suggestions?!

  16. me21464 on July 27, 2022 at 12:33 am

    Honestly…you have a bit of “British” humor to me!!

  17. Jon Galloway on July 27, 2022 at 12:33 am

    I’m new to cycling, can you give me some tips on stretching or strength training that can make riding easier or more comfortable? Like, what is your routine when you go to ride? Do you stretch or do anything to prepare, or just jump on and ride easy to begin with for a warm up? Thanks so much! I love these videos, y’all are awesome for doing this. It’s an amazing resource! Thanks again.

  18. Tomek Sypko on July 27, 2022 at 12:34 am

    I have a one pro tip to people who are considering buying a turbo trainer, its not a shame to buy a trainer which is more expensive than your bike. Because, your maybe budget bikeis enough for you to ride outside, but to have fun to ride indoor, you will need fine equipment, you pay for comfort and do not force yourself to torment on a trainer

  19. jlyonia on July 27, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Are you kidding? It always looks like it’s rained indoors after I’ve completed a session!

  20. Chris James on July 27, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Hi @GCN. For us bike commuters working from home, could you please do a video on ways we can re-ride our usual commutes on a smart trainer using pre-recorded commutes from our Wahoo, Garmin etc. Thanks

  21. Frank on July 27, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Just to point out.. I don’t know in China or in the US, but in Europe you are still allowed to go exercise outdoor, but only alone or with your family or who you live with. I guess it’s actually a great time to go cycling outdoor with nobody around.. Way less traffic and pollution, it is a great time for cyclists!

  22. StopaskingformynameYouTube on July 27, 2022 at 12:36 am

    What you NEED is a trainer that is compatible, a cheap bicycle and a smart phone.
    What you should have is a 4k TV, a good bike and a gaming-computer, a HR strap and an expensive smart-trainer.
    Prefferably you would even get a streaming device like a raspberry or something else aswell, that way you can run zwift in 4k on a gaming computer, then run steam-link on your raspberry or other device using a cat-cable in the room you’re training, keeps the noise down.

  23. James Lee-Pevenhull on July 27, 2022 at 12:37 am

    There are two necessities for a chassis dynamometer.
    1. Inertia flywheel. The vehicle must coast down from high speed to low speed in the same time as the vehicle would on the road.
    2. Roadload curve. This is a curve of Watts absorption vs kmh velocity.

    Some turbos have flywheels. Go for these.
    Wind resistance and fluid trainers have a ‘curved’ roadload curve. Magnetic trainers have a linear W/kmh straight line. Don’t go for magnetic.

    A basic Fluid trainer with a flywheel, a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine 2, ( a dumb trainer ) will nicely simulate riding in a velodrome because the fluid unit isn’t controlled, therefore no hills.

    An electric ‘Smart’ trainer have Generic roadload and coastdown in the software which drive the roller when you stop pedalling.
    To simulate hills and descents, they add or subject Sin Theta load. If the coastdown is too long and the W/kmh is to low, manually program in an adjustment to simulate your real bike on the road.
    DEFINITELY go for these. BUT, BIG $$$$$$

  24. K M on July 27, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Do you actually where cycling kit with indoor riding? Or speedos?

  25. Marcus Partridge on July 27, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Great video! I live off your youtube training videos! Highly recommended 👍

  26. TimNZ on July 27, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Can I ride Zwift using a mountain bike? Does it make any difference have a more road style tyre I can chuck on. Couldn’t see much when I searched around the web.

  27. Danny H on July 27, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Great video but didnt cover smart trainers enough. I am old and I ride because I like to ride and hate competition but in the winter here in extreme northeast Ohio I am off the bike from about November through March or April. I ride alone, by preference, as I now cannot stand riding with others and it seems EVERY video really stresses the social aspect of bicycle riding. If I go with Zwift or Peleton or Wahoo for example, are there ways to train without having to see nearby riders or letting them see my results? Does every bike ride have to be social on a smart trainer? I dont mind a person telling me what to do on one, I just don’t want other riders around. Also, you need to talk about the computer stuff needed. Being old I don’t understand what is needed to get the feedback into the trainer. Do I need to buy another computer? Do I need to buy a wireless thing (WIFI?)? Do I have to subscribe to a service or can I start out without doing that? Perhaps a "Smart Trainers for absolute dummy Beginners" would be appropriate for people like me.

  28. KJ on July 27, 2022 at 12:40 am

    I like this subtle humor.

  29. Anthony Zee on July 27, 2022 at 12:42 am

    4:35 does that count as Ollie mentioning his Hour Record Attempt?

  30. Fariq Azaha on July 27, 2022 at 12:44 am

    You forgot rollers, Ollie.

  31. SHREK? idk what to name on July 27, 2022 at 12:44 am

    The reason why i decided to buy a indoor trainer is my mom doesn’t allow me anymore to go for long ride and visit provinces:p

  32. Trimble MTB 26er Weight Weenie on July 27, 2022 at 12:45 am

    no mention of ‘rollers’!!! ????

  33. Nicolas Peterson on July 27, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Currently on lockdown in Hanoi, Vietnam and am desperate to convert my bike into a stationary one.

  34. András Balázs on July 27, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Clicked because of Manon, stayed for Ollie

  35. Siddarth on July 27, 2022 at 12:52 am

    "Also rubbish reasons like not allowed to go outside"

    Aged well

  36. kriterium123 on July 27, 2022 at 12:52 am

    great, thank you!

  37. Sohret Hussein on July 27, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Thanks for this video. Very helpful..

  38. Daniele G on July 27, 2022 at 12:54 am

    0:37 ….We are going to look at dedicated exercise bike…" Unfortunately apart some trivial jokes on grandmother’s bike you didn’t actually cover this possible choice.
    I have an excellent one from Kettler and I would never put my road bike on a turbo trainer to spoil my precious tyres, wheels and chain 🤔

  39. melbman43 on July 27, 2022 at 12:54 am

    At the moment it’s not the time to have an accident and gave to take up more resource from a hospital.

  40. Mads Buus on July 27, 2022 at 12:54 am

    I have had 2 punctures on turbo trainer because my tube would melt because of heat from the roller. Bought a trainer tire and haven’t had problems since that

  41. richard aydon on July 27, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Is zwift any good without a smart trainer? I’m considering buying a speed and cadence sensor to send this data to zwift but not sure if it’s worth It without power? I can adjust the power on my turbo but it can’t connect with zwift (older elite quobo)

  42. IG EthanXcMtb on July 27, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Hello GCN folk! I’m typically a mountain biker, but I crashed and won’t be riding trails for a few more weeks yet. However, I can ride on a trainer. I’m thinking of getting the fluid 2 trainer or the Kurt kinetic trainer (probably the former). But I also need a training tire. Especially since my current rear tire SUCKS and is about as durable as a pile of sand. Not to mention my tire is 29×2.3 so it won’t fit the former. And on top of that I need some MTB stuff as well. Such as a new helmet, dropper post and lever, new grips, vittoria mezcals…Anyway—I sold my old bike and have about $500 and hopefully soon $600 to spend. So I’m rather confused on which trainer and tire I should get so I can use Zwift. All I know if that a 700×23 is supposed to work well for 29” xc wheels. And are the tires tubes or tubeless? Because I can’t swap them out often! Especially since my MTB is tubeless. And should I even get a trainer tire? Or should I get a regular tubed road tire? (Also I don’t have a job and can’t get one rn…

  43. Keith Bowen on July 27, 2022 at 12:57 am

    How about a video on basic connection to online training – which trainers need an Ant+ device, which just connect via Bluetooth? No one ever mentions how you go about setting the connectivity and whether certain trainers and software (Zwift etc) are easier than others and whether you need other hardware etc

  44. The Ultimate Desi Gamer on July 27, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Well my ass hurts alot max i can do is 20 mins.

  45. JoseyWales47 on July 27, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Not really helpful at all to be honest.

  46. Dink Thifferently on July 27, 2022 at 1:01 am

    I’m happy with just a good magnetic spin bike (high end one used and way cheaper from eBay) paired with GCN training videos. I’m not able to do the Zwift type of thing properly with this setup, but it’s good enough and I’m getting in great shape.

  47. Frederick Villarete on July 27, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Bottle of Suntory Chita sitting in the back. Delicious.

  48. Robert Dunlop on July 27, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Get yourself a Peloton. I highly recommend it.

  49. Jasper Lopez on July 27, 2022 at 1:09 am

    ‘Who wrote this?’ 😂😂😂

  50. peter diaz on July 27, 2022 at 1:09 am

    I love you guys you are amazing -excellent tips