Small Space Twofer: Cardio Trainer and Bicycle in One!

Small Space Twofer: Cardio Trainer and Bicycle in One!

Angie Cho
Oct 27, 2010

A cardio trainer in a 600 square foot apartment? You may think this is impossible, but gaze upon these bike trainers, and you may change your mind. You'll be able to pass those long, dull, cardio minutes away in the comfort of your own small space palace while watching Dancing with the Stars. After a few weeks on the trainer, you'll even start looking like the dancers. Read more for all the reasons why.

What's so great about a bike trainer?
  • Consumes very little space when in use.
  • Consumes even less space when not in use. It folds in half for storage under the sofa
     or bed (see photo #7).
  • Requires absolutely no electricity to run.
  • Great for your health and fitness (considered one of the best forms of cardio on a
     machine, aside from the elliptical trainer).
  • Is much less expensive than a decent spinning bike.
  • Gives your bike even more function.

The Skinny—Fluid vs. Magnetic Bike Trainers:

Fluid Bike Trainers:
  • Source of resistance: a chamber of fluid with a spinning impeller inside.
  • Resistance most closely mimics what it feels like on the road because resistance
     increases as pedaling increases.
  • Most have adjustable resistance settings.
  • Are generally quieter.

Magnetic Bike Trainers:
  • Source of resistance: a constant magnetic resistance as the rider pedals.
  • Resistance gets easier the faster you go.
  • Most have adjustable resistance settings.
  • Are much less expensive.

Bike Trainer Line-Up (see photos above):

1. What a trainer looks like in action (see #2 for details).
2. Minoura M60-D. $170.00
3. Ascent Fluid Trainer. $199.99
4. Kinetic Road Machine. $369.99
5. Tacx Speedmatic T1810. $165.00
6. 1 up CPR A-2000 Bicycle Trainer. $299.00
7. What trainers can look like folded for storage under your sofa or bed (see #6 for
     details).

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