Tech Question: Do ‘moving’ indoor trainers result in less turbo fatigue?

Can moving turbos stave off fatigue and help us get more out of our winter training? Jack Elton-Walters speaks to the experts to try and find out

bike set up on indoor trainer rocker plate
(Image credit: Future)

Anyone who spends time on even one of the best turbo trainers will know the feeling of numb glutes, a stiff lower back or other aches and pains that aren’t there after a bike ride out on the road. Riding an unmoving bike, clamped into a static machine sees us use our muscles in a subtly different way. And as we do more of it, turbo injuries are becoming more widespread.   

This has been witnessed by former British Cycling physiotherapist Phil Burt, now owner of a cycle training and bike fit company. “In the pandemic, indoor cycling just went bonkers,” Burt recalled. “People who had been cycling for 20 plus years were all of a sudden having knee issues and saddle sores. It’s because of how different the loading profile of indoor cycling is compared to outdoor cycling.”

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.