It’s getting easier (I think)

Castle Bromwich Hill

After arriving home from work on Monday, I had the feeling that I hadn’t exerted myself as much as the last time I followed this route.

Now, I’m not pushing hard, just riding fairly steadily.

After about seven miles, I come to a short steep hill (Castle Bromwich Hill) which I had to get off and walk up a couple of weeks ago.

On Monday, this week, I just shifted down my gears and slowly peddled up the hill. I wasn’t a lot quicker than walking up but at least I managed to CYCLE up the hill. Hopefully this is a sign that I’me getting used to cycling and it is getting easier.

In a few weeks’ time I’ll but whizzing up that hill (yeh – right!)


Unfortunately, this is not a reference to me powering up any hills but indoor cycle trainers.

In a roundabout sort of way, I started looking on t’internet for articles about cadence and came upon some article about indoor trainers.

Many years ago, when I was a keen cyclist, I used to train indoors, now and again, using a couple of devices.


The first type, and the original indoor trainer, was a set of rollers.

This simple contraption, comprises of, as the name suggests, some rollers.

The rear wheel drops in between the twin rollers and the front wheel rests on the single roller. A rubber belt connects the two sets of rollers so that the front wheel spins providing a gyroscopic effect and keeping the bike upright.

At least that’s the theory as there is a fair bit of skill involved in keeping the bike on the rollers. Apart from being able to pedal when you don’t feel like going outside it also hones one’s balancing skills.

Wheel-On Turbo

Next out of the blocks, I moved up to a turbo trainer.

A lot more stable, as the rear wheel is held by the device, the first turbo I had relied on the rear wheel turning a fan which provided some resistance.

A later trainer I used utilised a magnetic flywheel to provide the resistance.

Both devices had a fixed resistance but the effort needed could be adjusted by use of the bike’s gears.

Direct Drive

The newest type of trainer is the Direct Drive where the rear wheel is removed and the bike connected to the trainer as though it were a big fat back wheel.

Most Direct Drive trainers are smart being able to transmit all sorts of useful data to an app such as Zwift. This communication also works the other way so that when Zwift has you climbing a hill, the resistance on the bike is increased to give a more realistic experience.

I have bitten the bullet and ordered an Elite Direto Smart Turbo Trainer from Chain Reaction. Once it arrives (next day, hopefully) I’ll need to remove the cassette (rear cog) from my road bike and instal it on the turbo. I am planning on setting up the trainer in my newly cleared office and run Zwift on the computer up there.

Definitely a follow up article – watch this space !

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