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How to Convert Your Outdoor Bike Into an Indoor Stationary Bike

author image Chris Kinsey
Chris Kinsey works as an editor for a medical publisher and has experience dealing with many topics, ranging from athlete's foot to cancer and brain injury. Kinsey has a great deal of freelance experience writing for sports and parenting magazines as well. Kinsey holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California University of Pennsylvania.
How to Convert Your Outdoor Bike Into an Indoor Stationary Bike
Turning your bike into an exercise bike is easy and inexpensive. Photo Credit: John Howard/DigitalVision/Getty Images

If you're looking for a way to bring your cycling workout inside without buying an expensive exercise bike, you can do it quickly, easily and fairly inexpensively. You'll have the benefit of riding a bike that you’re used to; or training with the bike that you’ll be using in your next race.

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Step 1

Purchase a bike trainer. This is an essential piece of equipment that you’ll use to stabilize your bike. According to a search performed on a popular shopping comparison Web site, prices for bicycle trainers range from $62 to more than $600. Most bike trainers are one piece and require no assembly.

Step 2

Choose a safe indoor location that is flat and free of clutter, and leave plenty of room for your equipment.

Step 3

Place the rear wheel of your bike into the trainer. If it's your first use, you'll have to unscrew the clamps far enough to place your bike into the trainer.

Step 4

Tighten the bike trainer clamps onto the axle of the rear wheel of your bike. Most trainers require you to just screw each side until tight. Turn the wing nut until tight to prevent your bike from coming loose while riding.

Step 5

Adjust the resistance. Some bike trainers require manual adjusting with the adjuster located on the actual trainer; so you may need to get on and off the bike until you reach your desired resistance. Some trainers adjust resistance based on your pedal speed while others allow you to adjust the resistance manually but while sitting on your bike.

Step 6

Make sure your bike is secure stable before starting your training. You can do this by simply rocking or wiggling your bike gently back and forth before you get on.

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