What is meant by measuring power?
When we talk about measuring power output in the realm of cycling, we're talking about the amount of energy being used to power your ride. And just like the light bulbs in your house, cyclists use watts to measure power too. The higher the watts, the more power you're pumping through your pedals.
This measurement is a key training tool for many serious and amateur cyclists alike because you can compare apples to apples (or watts to watts) when you look at the numbers, unlike looking at your speed on a windy day compared to a calm day. Our line of smart trainers feature integrated power sensors for power accuracy.
Will my bike fit my indoor trainer?
Before we can answer that question, let's first start by figuring out the size of your wheel*.
Perhaps you've heard those bike guru's rattle off numbers that sound more like battleship coordinates than something that goes on your bike. Things like 700c, 650b, or 29er — all of which are wheel sizes and can be found on the outside of the tire itself.
Here's a quick shortcut of what your wheel size would likely be based on the type of bike you've got:
|Type of Bicycle**
|Road, Triathlon, TT, Cyclocross, Gravel or Hybrid
||27" or 700c
||27.5", 29" or 650b
*confirm the size of your tire by looking at the outside tire wall
**to confirm specific bike compatibility for each bike trainer, look under "Specifications" on the product information page
Now going back to our first question of "will my bike fit my indoor trainer," the short answer is: probably. There are a couple of considerations to help you:
- Does your bike have a quick release or Thru Axle?
- For bikes with dropouts up to 148mm, with our Classic Series you will need to use our Thru Axle Adapter.
- Our rollers are one-size-fits-all when it comes to wheel size.
What do I need to make it work?
There are four things you'll need before you can start your indoor training regimen:
- Your bicycle of choice.
- Your Saris indoor trainer of choice.
- The included quick release trainer skewer.
- A Saris trainer tire – or a low tread tire, like a tread-less racing tire.