Rollers vs indoor bike trainers: which is best for you?

Indoor bike trainers might get the most attention – but don't underestimate a humble set of rollers, here's why...

Image shows one rider cycling on rollers and the other on an indoor bike trainer
(Image credit: Getty Images - Tim de Waele / Michael Steele)

A couple of years ago, I decided that I was allergic to indoor bike trainers (turbo trainers).

The discovery of my unfortunate affliction occurred after several angst filled weeks where, following a new FTP test result, I just couldn't hit the power values during intervals set by cycling training zones. Using a wheel on, magnetic resistance unit, I repeatedly found myself hitting a physi-mental wall and pressing 'pause', much to the understandable horror of the coach who had devised the sessions.

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