Should you buy a smart turbo trainer?

We investigate whether a smart turbo trainer is really worth the money over a conventional one

smart turbo trainer

If you are in the market for a turbo trainer, should you buy a regular unit or a ‘smart’ one? Smart turbo trainers feature computer control and either Bluetooth or ANT+ connectivity.

This allows you to pair devices such as phones, tablets, and accessories such as speed and cadence sensors.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.