The 12 Best Bike Trainer Accessories to Upgrade Your Pain Cave (2021)

Best Bike Trainer Accessories

If you are serious about indoor training, accessories can make it more pleasant and convenient.

I put together the best bike trainer accessories and selected the best products you can buy to take your pain cave to the next level.

This selection includes fans, floor mats, trainer tires, and many more useful accessories.

Let’s dive in!


What Are the Best Bike Trainer Accessories?

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Cycling Deal Trainer Mat

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Wahoo KICKR Headwind

Also available at rei.com and competitivecyclist.com

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Saris MP1 Nfinity 

Also available at rei.com and wiggle.co.uk

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Floor Mat

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Cycling Deal Trainer Mat

Why buy a floor mat?

  • To reduce vibrations
  • To protect your floor from scratches and sweat
  • To keep your trainer from moving around during hard efforts

A trainer floor mat is an absolute must for indoor training. Quality mats reduce vibrations, so if you live in an apartment, angry neighbors won’t go knocking on your doors.

The second major benefit is that it protects your floor from scratches and sweat. You will sweat more on the trainer than when riding outside. As a result, you will often be left with a pool of sweat underneath. You definitely don’t want it to soak into a carpet or floor, for example.

The pad will also prevent your trainer from moving around (e.g., when you start sprinting).

For these reasons, a mat is an investment that pays off. The one from Cycling Deal is a great choice because it combines great value for money.


Check out this selection of the best budget bike trainers. They are perfect for beginners and people with a limited budget.


Fan

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Lasko U12104 High Velocity Fan
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Wahoo KICKR Headwind

Why buy a fan?

  • To keep you cool

My first training sessions on the trainer were without a fan. You probably know how they turned out. I was all sweaty, and my performance was worthless.

A powerful fan is perhaps even more important for indoor training than the mat mentioned above. The importance of the fan was also emphasized by my friend, a professional cyclist who enjoys virtual races on the Zwift during the off-season.

There are hundreds of options on the market. I shortlisted them to the fan from Laska with the easy-to-remember name U12104 (who did come up with this name?). It is ideal for undemanding cyclists who only need a powerful fan with several gears.

Wahoo KICKR Headwind takes indoor training to a completely new level. It is compatible with Wahoo trainers and can adjust the intensity according to how fast you ride in the virtual world or how your heart rate increases.

So which one do you choose?


Interested in zwifting? Make sure to also check out smart trainers for Zwift.


Gym Towel

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Why buy a gym towel?

  • To wipe of sweat

You will sweat even with a quality fan. So if you don’t want your dear half to be mad that you use your beautiful towels for training, I recommend gym towels.

They are very compact and can be used for indoor training, gym, yoga, etc. This set from OlimpiaFit contains three quick-drying towels of different sizes and is also available in different colors.


Sweat Guard

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Why buy a sweat guard?

  • To protect your bike (especially the headset) from sweat

And about the sweat once again. It is no secret it can damage the bolts (they will corrode), so paying a few bucks for a sweat guard is a wise purchase.

This RockBros guard does even have a slot for a smartphone, making it ideal for people who need to be connected at all times.


Stand

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Why buy a stand?

  • To have a place where you put your laptop, tablet, smartphone, and other things

A stand is useful if you don’t have a table with a desktop screen or a TV on a wall you could use for your indoor training.

The stand provides your laptop space where you can place it. This RAD Cycle stand also has dedicated slots for a smartphone or laptop, cable management holes, and an anti-slip surface.

You can also adjust its height, and thanks to the three locking wheels, it is super easy to move around.


Smartphone Mount

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Why buy a smartphone mount?

  • To have a place where you put your phone/tablet

A smartphone mount is useful not only for bikepacking and bike touring but also for indoor training. If you don’t have a place to put your smartphone, you can attach it to the stem. Then, your smartphone can work as a replacement for a laptop or tablet.

Quad Lock mounts belong to the best on the market because they are well-made, sturdy, and reliable. So once the season starts, you don’t have to be afraid of attaching your smartphone to them, even in rough terrain.


Check out this selection of the best bike phone mounts.


ANT+ Receiver

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CooSpo USB ANT+ Dongle with Extension Cable
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Garmin USB ANT+ Stick

Why buy an ANT+ receiver?

  • To ensure proper connectivity between your trainer and computer/laptop

ANT+ receiver is useful for ensuring ANT+ FE-C connectivity between your trainer and computer or laptop. This means that these devices will be able to communicate with each other and ensure proper functionality.

In other words, the ANT+ receiver will allow displaying data like power, cadence, speed, etc., on your laptop. To find out more, I recommend this article by DC Rainmaker. He explains this in-depth.

I selected a dongle with an extension cable (CooSpo) useful if your computer is far from the trainer.

The Garmin ANT+ USB provides the same functionality, but it is sold without the extension cable. It will be enough for most use cases.


Trainer Tire

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Tacx trainer tire
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Kinetic trainer tire

Why buy a trainer tire?

  • To save your expensive tires
  • To make your indoor training quieter
  • To improve traction

Trainer tires are useful for riders who have a wheel-on trainer. They reduce your tire wear, so you save those expensive tires for the season.

They are also made from different materials than standard road tires. It makes them quieter, and they provide you with better traction, which is very important when you start pushing hard during intervals or sprinting.

It almost doesn’t matter whether you go for Tacx or Kinetic tire. Both cost similar, and it is more of a question of color preference. Just keep in mind that trainer tires are not suitable for riding outdoors.


Front Wheel Riser

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Why buy a front wheel riser?

  • To raise your front wheel and improve your bike position (wheel-on trainers)
  • To raise your front wheel and simulate climbing (direct-drive trainers)

You can replace a front wheel riser with books. However, if you want extra stability, I recommend buying a riser. This riser from Kinetic is cleverly designed, so it provides you with three heights.

But why is this accessory useful? Well, wheel-on trainers require your rear wheel to be lifted. This means that your bike position is similar to a position when descending. From my experience, this is not the most comfortable position for indoor training.

That’s why it is better when you put something under your front wheel to make your bike level.

Direct-drive trainers do a better job at keeping your bike level so that you can use them without a riser. You can also use the riser to simulate climbing better.


Gradient Simulator

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Wahoo KICKR Climb gradient simulator | Source: rei.com

Why buy a chamois cream?

  • To raise your front wheel and improve your bike position (wheel-on trainers)
  • To raise your front wheel and simulate climbing (direct-drive trainers)

If you want to take your training setup to a new level, you can use a gradient simulator instead of wheel-riser block.

KICKR Climb will raise (or lower) the front of your bike depending on the gradient you ride. This simulates road-like conditions even closer (from -10% to +20% gradients).

Those who don’t use third-party training apps can adjust the height using a remote so they won’t lack this unique experience.

The unfortunate thing is that Climb is compatible with wahoo trainers only.

Also available at competitivecyclist.com and wiggle.co.uk


Don’t miss this selection of the best bike trainers on the market to find a trainer that suits your budget and needs.


Chamois Cream

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Why buy a chamois cream?

  • To increase your riding comfort
  • Prevent irritated and chafed skin

Chamois creams are great products not only for riding outdoors but also for riding indoors on a bike trainer. They reduce friction in your intimate areas and thus improve your riding comfort. Furthermore, most chafing creams have anti-inflammatory effects and soothe your skin.

I put together a list of the best chamois creams for men and women. However, the overall winner is the Chamois Butt’r Original.

Thanks to its non-greasy structure, it is easy to apply and wash. Depending on how much you ride and how much cream you use for a ride, it will last you for several months.

Also available at wiggle.co.uk


Trainer Platform

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KOM Cycling Rocker Plate
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Saris MP1 Nfinity 

Why buy a trainer platform?

  • To make your indoor training more realistic
  • To engage your core muscles

If you don’t know what to do with money and you’re an avid cyclist, trainer platforms should catch your attention.

These platforms allow you to attach your bike trainer. Thanks to the lateral and longitudinal movement, they make your bike’s movement more realistic and engaging. Furthermore, these movements force you to balance and thus engage your core muscles.

TIP: Use a trainer platform with a smart bike trainer to get the best ride experience possible.

Skillful DIYers will be able to make a similar board themselves. However, e.g., KOM Cycling or Saris offer a platform that you just need to assemble.

Rocker Plate is slightly cheaper than MP1 Nfinity and easier to wash from sweat. On the other hand, the Nfinty provides an even more realistic riding experience.

Whether you opt for the KOM Rocker Plate or the Saris MP1, together with the smart trainer, your indoor training will be one step closer to riding outdoors.



Summary

I hope you find these accessories useful and that they will help you make your dream pain cave come true.

Remember, you don’t have to buy them all at once because the costs will add up. Feel free to upgrade your indoor training setup slowly. Start with the most important accessories and continue with the less needed ones.

Can you think of other useful accessories for bike trainers? Let me know your tips in the comments.


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