As the weather gets nicer, and more people want to head outdoors, here’s some interesting info:
When training outside, the members of a cycling team can ride bicycles on the roadway. However, when working out inside, the same athletes must rely on an indoor trainer. The United States’ cyclists have chosen to use the Kurt Kinetic road machine.
It allows each cyclist to experience indoors the same set of sensations that he or she feels, while riding over a naturally hilly terrain (just be careful putting coffee in your cup holder). A flywheel has guaranteed the presence of one extremely important sensation. That is the coast down feeling that can be experienced by anyone who sits on this machine.
This trainer’s powertap has calibrated resistance units. That feature insures the completion of certain changes in the machine’s resistance level. Those changes occur as this trainer begins working at a faster or slower speed.
A fluid chamber supplements the action of the flywheel, in order to create the feel of a bicycle on an outdoor course. Leak proof, it has a special patented seal. Inside that chamber, each of the well built Kurt Kinetic bike trainers has a thermodynamically stable resistance fluid.
While in motion, the moving parts of this apparatus do tend to generate a good deal of heat. For that reason, it has been provided with 80 cooling fins. Those fins help to dissipate the heat that has built up within the machine’s fast moving parts.
One final item of note concerns this trainer’s driveshaft. That part has been magnetically coupled to the entire unit. That coupling aids the simulation of a smooth ride. It makes the entire experience even more fun. Consequently, it fires up the sort of motivation that keeps an athlete returning to the same piece of equipment.
That willingness to return represents an important part of any training program. It allows for development of all the needed skills. It helps to insure a team’s acquisition of medals at a national or international competition.
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