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What kind of sound can I expect from my bike trainer?

A bike trainer always makes noise when used. Even when bike trainers are called silent, you'll still hear your bike and the mechanism while cycling. Different types of bike trainers produce different noise levels. A wheel-on bike trainer always produces more noise than a direct drive bike trainer, for example. In this article, we'll tell you what expect from the noise level of bike trainers and whether your neighbor will be bothered by it.

In short

Relatively loud Relatively silent
Type of bike trainer Wheel-on bike trainer Direct drive bike trainer
Brake system Magnetic resistance Electromagnetic resistance
Brake pad Open finish Closed finish

How much noise does a bicycle trainer make?

Bike trainer noise

If you sit on a bike trainer at home in a closed space, it always produces noise. The combination of the mechanism, your bike, and the effort is clearly audible, even with 'silent' bike trainers. Though the noise level differs per device, you can compare the average noise level with the noise of a vacuum. Though there are some general differences. Direct Drive bike trainers, for example, make less noise than Wheel-on trainers. Because the contact of your rear tire with the trainer is clearly audible. You can limit this with magnetic resistance, but the noise is still considerable.

What makes noise?

What makes noise

During cycling, different parts of your bike trainer produce noise. You'll hear the brake mechanism of the trainer, for example. Trainers with magnetic resistance produce more noise than trainers with electromagnetic resistance. If the brake pad has a closed finish, you'll hear the break more than a brake pad with a closed finish. If you train with a wheel-on device, you'll clearly hear the rear tire of your bike. When the trainer is placed on the floor, this produces more noise than using on a trainer mat. These mats insulate, which reduces the noise level.

How do you limit the noise of the bike trainer?

Limit bike trainer noise

Is the noise level of your bike trainer very important to you, because your roommates or neighbors could be bothered by it, for example? In that case, use the trainer in spaces without too many adjacent rooms, such as the shed or the basement. Place the trainer in the middle of the room, so the direct reflection of sound is limited. Always use a trainer mat to insulate the noise If you really want to limit the noise level as much as possible, choose a direct drive bike trainer. Although you'll also hear these devices when you cycle fast, they're much more silent than wheel-on trainers.

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