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Setting up your basement or living room to double as a training studio in the winter months can be as difficult as you want to make it. If a simple, solid setup is what you're after, we'd recommend a TV, some spring classics DVDs, and the Blackburn Mag 5 Trainer Kit. In addition to the Mag 5 trainer itself, the kit comes with its own mat and block for your front wheel, so you'll get everything you need at once. We know a trainer isn't the most exciting way to log miles, but if having early-season fitness when the snow melts is what you're after, the Mag 5 makes a worthwhile investment.
Once you receive the Mag 5, it's pretty much ready for riding. The design requires no tools for assembly, and it won't take up an obnoxious amount of space wherever you choose to set it up. While the Mag 5 wouldn't be the easiest trainer to transport to a race, it doesn't require an external power source to run, so you could bring it along for pre-race warm ups if you don't mind sacrificing some space. When you're building winter base miles, you'll have the option to choose from five different resistance settings, and the system comes with its own quick-release skewer to avoid damaging yours. As long as you're using a bike with wheels ranging from 26in to 29in and a tire no larger than 2.3in wide, the Mag 5 will get along with any frame.
- Easy setup makes building a base of fitness simple
- Five resistance settings for tailored, effective workouts
- Comes with its own QR skewer so as to not damage yours
- Kit includes training mat and front wheel block
- Accommodates 26in to 29in wheels and tires up to 2.3in wide
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- Q & A
Good basic Trainer
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was in the market for a good basic trainer to set up in my extra room to get some exercise in the winter while watching TV, and this seems to for the bill this far. I didn’t need all the bells and whistles of the fancier versions, and I liked that this was easy and straightforward to set up. So far it’s easy to use and efficient.