BTwin In’Ride 300 trainer review£70.00

For well under £100, you can have a serious training tool

BikeRadar score4/5

The BTwin In’Ride 300 trainer comes from French sports hypermarché Decathlon and comes in at a bargain price. It also has more features than many more expensive units and it’s blissfully simple to use.

For a start it comes ready assembled in the box so there’s no need for an Ikea-style ‘insert bolt A into hole C’ construction session.

The alloy frame makes it easy to carry and it folds almost flat for storage if you’re tight on space or using it when travelling with work.

Once you have adjusted the axle clamp positioning the first time, you just need to pop it open, locate the supplied quick-release skewer ends in the cups and throw the big axle clamp for a secure and surprisingly sprint-proof stance, as long as the floor is flat and even.(But it’s unlikely to work with thru-axle bikes)

The blue urethane roller reduces tyre damage, rumble and noise compared to a small metal one. It also slips less under sudden power surges if you’re using one of the higher resistance settings of the seven-click handlebar remote lever.

Unsurprisingly the small flywheel does make for a choppy ride rather than one with a sustained cadence and it does rumble and growl if you’re really giving it the beans.

Our year-old sample is still going strong and, for a penny under £70, I think it’s a steal.

  • Noise level @200W: 85dB

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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