IN DOOR TRAINERS for Recreational Riders

Keep the love for your bike going all year round…
Well winter is just about here for the Riverina and southern NSW.
And for many of our customers that means indoor trainer time!!!
Most riders know what an indoor trainer is but what a lot of people don’t realize is they are not just meant for serious road riders. Nearly any road, and many recreational bikes can fit a simple rear wheel trainer or a serious high power direct drive unit. So keep yourself going this winter with the advise and the right unit below…
Who uses indoor trainers besides serious riders? 
The answer is everyone – from one day a week riders to that person you always see commuting to work and MTB riders who can’t get to the tracks during the week. We sell as many trainers to people who consider themselves weekend riders as we do to those on their rig everyday.
The most forgotten reason to buy an indoor trainer is that you are getting used to your own bike…so you will be getting used to how to sit and control the bike, get familiar with how you like to push hard on the pedals, and for many recreational customers it’s a good opportunity to get used to that seat they don’t get familiar enough with before their next weekend ride comes around.
This all in turn means you have stayed away from an exercise bike that will never feel as good as a bike and trainer for the same cost. Even our basic $250 rear wheel trainers are going to take advantage of the mechanics in a real bike instead of basic parts in that unit you saw in the latest catalogue from a chain store (or on a late night infomercial).
Units from reputable brands are only getting smoother and quieter so they are enjoyable to ride with the headphones banging or Netflix streaming…
Here at Wagga Cycle Centre we don’t expect people to just walk up to the cash register with the box to purchase…it has always been about showing people through the range of units and giving sound advise based on how much you will use it, how hard you will go and will there be multiple bikes going in it.  Naturally we will show you how it works but more importantly show you how to get your bike in and out of the device with some tips from long time users.
We stock rear wheel units at $250,$350 $500 and $800. Smart trainers and direct drive trainers are also pretty achievable for recreational riders with units from $749.
If you are a regular MTB rider, direct drive trainers also provide another forgotten benefit. Knobby tyres and rear wheel trainers don’t mix because of the aggressive treads running over the roller. Making a purchase of a direct drive trainer removes the rear wheel and also provides an incredibly stable and smooth riding experience – that any rider will benefit from.
Anyone who has visited our store might have seen our direct drive trainers in use for bicycle fitting sessions that myself or the other staff perform for new purchases and bike tweaking – feel free to ask us for a demo if you think direct drive is for you…
Please check out the great units we stock from Elite and Tacx brands
We will have a more in-depth analysis of Smart Trainers in an upcoming newsletter so watch out for that in the coming weeks.
So if you had previously thought that an indoor trainer is only for your serious riding mates then think again. We have the range to suit your bike and staff familiar with all the units that the market offers.
Most importantly we keep in stock what we recommend… so make the journey in store and we can set you up on the spot!!!
Thanks again for your time, and as always if there is something you read here that you want to know more about please contact us via the link


How first time users can get friendly and stay friendly with Tubeless…

Tubeless tires are everywhere, there is not a day that goes by here at Wagga Cycle Centre that we don’t either set up a new tubeless system, top up the liquid sealant, sell a bike with tubeless tires or repair a damaged tubeless tire. We have been dealing with tubeless systems since before they got popular back in 2005…

As tubeless tires find their way onto more bikes and cheaper bikes, we are being asked more questions about how it works and what are the benefits – especially from first time users, recreational riders and people doing home conversions (to save money). Many people with high performance MTB and road bikes already know the advantages, but if you want help to convert an existing bike or are looking at a new entry level bike with tubeless, keep reading…

So why tubeless ???

It is smoother riding, feels faster, accelerates better, provides better grip and is generally more puncture proof than conventional tubes and tires. It will also be lighter than if a tube and tire are upgraded to similar durability. If tubeless tires do puncture from thorns, or glass or sharp rocks it tends to be less catastrophic, with the tougher materials “puckering” up and allowing the installed sealants to clot a hole and keep you riding with only a little air loss.

Sounds great – what are the negatives ???

The negatives are:   1. many brands are marketing tires that are very light, at the expense of durability (aimed at high performance riding) 2. cheap tubeless tires that inexperienced users might find appealing, along with budget tubeless conversions for “do it yourself” home use with existing tires. 3. cheaper new bikes are promoting tubeless inclusions for the price – with low quality product to keep the price sharp.

In all these situations the tires simply do not have the right design or strength in the material to be puncture proof to keep you rolling nicely, plus normal tire conversions will have sealing, inflation and durability issues if converted. Don’t do it… these kinds of products are all trying to cash in on the craze…

So what is right ???

Here at Wagga Cycle Centre, we have tried every brand of tubeless tire at every price point and the brand we keep coming back to is MAXXIS TIRES… Nearly every single model of Maxxis tubeless tire is going to provide users with a reliable set up…There are other brands providing quality tires we can recommend but for the purpose of helping beginners (and experienced riders for that matter) Maxxis have MTB, Hybrid, Road and Gravel tires that are the correct materials and design to make tubeless work for very user and intended purpose.

Great, so is tubeless what I need ???

Make the journey in store so we can talk you through the tires and explain the benefits and if it’s right for you – we keep a massive variety of tubeless tires in store, and can show you bikes as low in price as $999 with Maxxis Tubeless Tires !!!

Is there anything else I need to know ???

1. Installing the parts to set up tubeless is certainly an area where people at home go wrong – let us do it correctly in the workshop for you. 2. There are times we will not recommend tubeless, such as children’s bikes and sometimes with heavier riders – the best idea is to talk it through in store or via email


Thanks for your time,


Andrew T.

Wagga Store Tyres