Should I buy a turbo trainer?

A woman training on a turbo trainer and intensely staring at a laptop, with a yellow badge overlaid that says Indoor Training Week
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Should I buy a turbo trainer? You may have found yourself asking this question with the onset of autumn and the inevitability of winter on its way. Gone are the days of cycling with short sleeves and shorts, topping up the tan lines and shielding your eyes from the sun. Now our rides are punctuated with rain showers and overcast skies, and the chill in the air is only going to get colder.

With that in mind, you may have found yourself wondering whether investing in one of the best turbo trainers is the answer, giving you the option of devoting this winter to indoor cycling, and keeping your fitness levels up through the cold season, ready for next year.

You can trust Cyclingnews Our experts spend countless hours testing cycling tech and will always share honest, unbiased advice to help you choose. Find out more about how we test.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike