Magnetic turbo trainers can need a little bit of TLC every now and again, especially when you’ve been training hard over the winter months. In fact it’s possible that your bike trainer is actually seriously underperforming because its moving parts are all clogged up. It might even have got so far that your turbo training sessions are being interrupted by continuous catching and varying resistance. While buying a brand new turbo trainer might be a nice idea, it’s not always a viable option. Luckily it’s very easy to rectify this situation and get you on your way cycling again with an as-new turbo trainer.
In short you may need to take apart the resistance unit and clean it. That might sound a bit of a task but it’s actually pretty straight forward. Of course if your trainer doesn’t allow the resistance unit to be taken apart then you’ll have to leave it and contact your manufacturer for advice.
Simply undo the unit on your bike trainer and clean all of the individual parts with rubbing alcohol. This means also cleaning the removable ball bearings, and particularly the resistance pad which can get quite grimy after prolonged use.
This whole process should not take you more than 15-20 minutes. You now simply leave the parts to air overnight and then put the resistance unit on your bike trainer back together again. Your turbo trainer should now be as good as new. If you do this regularly during heavy use then you will have a more consistent training experience and you should also increase your turbo trainer’s life.