In recent years, virtual cycling apps such as Zwift, Sufferfest, and Trainerroad had revolutionized indoor cycling. And with the recent pandemic that kept most of us at home, indoor cycling has really gained traction.
Today, many brands are now coming up with innovative products that compliment your bike and trainer in order to make indoor sessions more enjoyable.
I’m referring to products such as mats, tables, TV screens and even a smart fan that dynamically adjusts its speed based on the virtual world!
A Quick Glance : Our Favorite Accessories for Indoor Cycling
Elite Training Mat
Elite is the quintessential Italian cycling company, crafting some of the best accessories and products around since 1979. They’re so serious about local production in their native northeastern Italy that they maintain their offices and their production site in a refurbished pre-industrial furnace.
Their trainer mat is one of the most fundamental accessories you can add to your indoor ride, providing comfort and protection. The resilient material protects flooring from scratches and strains, as well as oil and sweat from above or dirt and dust from below.
As a bonus, it acts a sound dampener, reducing the noise from vibrations and movement, particularly on wooden floors.
Viozon Tablet Floor Stand
You’re probably familiar with the frustration of fiddling around with a tablet while trying to ride. Luckily, someone had the bright idea to come up with the perfect piece of equipment for this problem.
The Viozon tablet holder stands out from the rest with its sleek looks, impressive construction, and adjustability. This stand allows you to set your tablet up in your preferred position for hands-free access, supported by sturdy die-cast aluminum parts.
The V-shaped stand provides extra stability, while a cable management system helps keep everything neat and clean. While it’s ideal for iPad users, it also works great with Galaxy and Microsoft Surface products.
Wahoo Kickr Desk
Busy indoor cyclists know the frustration of having their work to hand without making notes or sending messages while on their turbo trainers.
Made by indoor cycling powerhouse Wahoo, this adjustable desk has everything you need in one handy package. The steel frame can be raised or lowered with the push of a button, perfect for any cyclist, no matter their height or size.
It features built-in mounts for both tablets and smartphones and wire ports to connect your devices, all on an anti-slip surface to prevent any unwanted accidents.
Perlesmith TV Tripod Stand
For as long as TVs have been around, they’ve been a popular choice for indoor exercise entertainment. The Perlesmith Tripod is perfect for larger televisions, with a sturdy folding steel frame that can support televisions up between 23″ and 55″ and weighing up to 88lbs.
Setup is incredibly easy, with only minimal assembly needed. It’s height-adjustable, swivels a complete 360°, and features a tilting bracket so it can be set at the perfect angle for viewing comfort.
The folding tripod can be easily collapsed and stored when not in use, helping you cut down on clutter and crowding in your workout space.
Sweat Gutr Sweatband
While something as simple as a sweatband might seem like it’s not worth too much attention, the Sweat Gutr deserves closer examination. Sleek, lightweight, and slim, it features built-in air vents on the sides to increase breathability.
Made from a proprietary plastic material, it channels sweat away and down to keep it out of your face and eyes. This material has two huge plusses.
First, it’s completely adjustable, unlike other sweatbands, so you don’t have to worry about it being too loose or too restrictive. Second, it never gets soggy or nasty, and it’s easier to clean, too, needing just a simple thorough rinse.
Tacx Sweat Cover
In a classic case of solving a problem you didn’t even know you had, Tacx has provided the perfect solution. A sweat cover is attached between your handlebars and your seat to protect and cover your bike frame while you ride indoors by catching any sweat.
This absorbent sweat cover protects the finish on your frame from the salt and the dirt in your sweat, making it the perfect tool for long, intense indoor sessions. It’s adaptable to most bike frames. The synthetic material is stretchy and durable, and it comes with Tacx’ guaranteed one-year warranty.
Elite Travel Block
Another great product from Italian cycling company Elite, the Travel Block evens out your bike’s position and improves stability by lifting and holding your front wheel while your bike is mounted into your trainer.
This results in a more natural position for those used to their wheels being level, rather than tipped forward. Handier and more compact than larger, more complex trainer blocks, it’s perfect for travel, being easy to fit into luggage, or even for a more stress-free indoor cycling session.
Chill Pal Mesh Cooling Towel
There’s nothing more satisfying than keeping cool in the midst of a long indoor ride, and there’s no better way to do it than with the Chill Pal.
It consists of a specially designed polyester mesh material. This makes it lighter and more comfortable than an ordinary towel while allowing it to retain moisture just as well. The towel is designed to allow moisture to evaporate easily and quickly, helping vent off heat and steam and keeping you cooler for longer.
Simply soak in cold water, ring out the excess, and position as desired. Machine wash before the first use and after each subsequent use to stay cool for a long time to come.
Wahoo Kickr Headwind Fan
The phrase smart fan doesn’t even begin to describe this accessory. It’s designed with a patented airflow pattern tailored to fit the shape and position of your body on the bike.
The Wahoo Kickr Headwind mimics the movement and feel of the air on the road, with the airflow reaching up to an incredible 30mph to match realism and your effort.
By installing Wahoo’s app on your phone, you can use the fan’s Bluetooth function to place the controls in easy reach.
Tornado High Velocity Air Circulator
Tornado has been producing serious fans for high-heat environments for over 20 years.
If you’re really serious about keeping cool and dry throughout your ride, look no further than this unbelievable fan. 24″ in diameter, it tilts a complete 360° for full coverage on three separate settings.
The aluminum fan blades are driven by a motor providing ⅓ horsepower; amazingly powerful for a floor fan. Not only can it be positioned on any floor surface safely and comfortably with non-skid legs, but Tornado has been able to reduce its noise output by 40% over previous models.
Jabra Active Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds
Headphones for cycling have come a long way in recent years, and nowhere is that more apparent than in these incredible earbuds. These are truly wireless and amazingly stable, usable with both Apple and Android, while providing terrific sound quality.
Jabra guarantees the dependability of the connection, so you don’t have to worry about interference or dropouts while listening to music or podcasts or taking calls. Through their Sabra+ app, you can personalize your sound style, and they integrate voice command functionality for use with Alexa, Siri, or similar products.
With 5 hours of battery life, these will keep up with you throughout your ride, and they come with a two-year warranty.
To get both your pace your mood in a groove, nothing beats having a solid playlist. It’s even backed up by research, with sports scientists and psychologists pointing to studies that music improves mood and happiness while reducing the effects of tension and fatigue.
Spotify offers a few advantages for your ride, among them being compatibility across platforms and operating systems, a free option as well as a premium ad-free service, and exceptionally high sound quality.
They carry the work of thousands of artists and podcasters, so there’s a huge selection to listen to. Assembling a killer playlist on Spotify is an unbeatable way to make indoor training sessions enjoyable and rewarding.