Trainers have a bad rap, but riding the CycleOps Training Rollers actually feels a lot like riding a real bike on real roads. It doesnt come with a stage crew to change the scenery as you go, but since youre floating across the rollers instead of spinning wildly on a fixed rear wheel, you actually have to engage your core, balance, and pedal with a smooth, round stroke to stay on the rollers.
Since its such a simple design, the CycleOps trainer is seriously durable and easy to set up. Just move the front roller along the stiff and foldable steel frame so that it sits under your front wheel and youre good to go. The resistance belt moves to either side of the rollers so it wont interfere with your dismount, and you can also snag a magnetic resistance unit that offers five additional silent resistance settings if you want to ramp up your offseason workout.