Finding a durable yet low-noise bike trainer at the right price can be difficult. The Nashbar Fluid is an inexpensive trainer that provides a lot for your money.
The Nashbar fluid accommodates 26-inch, 700c and 29-inch wheel sizes. It measures at 23 x 8 x 23 inches folded and 23 x 23 x 23 inches unfolded. At only 20.4 pounds, this is the lightest fluid bike trainer on our list. This trainer is on the less expensive side of the fluid market while still being a durable option. The fluid casing and cylinder give this trainer a good road-like feel and pedal stroke. The base model includes a quick-release skewer to make mounting your bike to the trainer easy.
The Nashbar Fluid folds flat making it easy to store or travel with, so you won’t have to worry about space constraints. This trainer can also handle large amounts of weight. There are rubber feet underneath the trainer to reduce slippage and prevent scuffing. It doesn't come with a riser block or ring so you will have to purchase that separately if you want one. The Nashbar Fluid offers progressive resistance that doesn't require a handlebar toggle to operate.
We would be remiss not to mention that fluid trainers once had a reputation for leaking when the fluid in the case warmed up. Unlike Kinetic bike trainers, Nashbar has no guarantee that their trainers won't leak, but Nashbar does offer a one-year warranty. Should you want to return the bike trainer after the one-year mark, Nashbar will send you a Nashbar Gift Card with the value of the returned item. When we contacted Nashbar, representatives were kind and courteous, and they worked quickly to answer our questions.
If you're willing to spend a little more money, you can purchase this trainer with an accessory kit that includes a front wheel riser block, a floor mat to reduce noise and to keep your floor from getting scuffed, and a handlebar shifter to more accurately tune resistance.
The Nashbar Fluid is less expensive than a lot of fluid trainers on the market, and it provides the reliability and stability necessary for a good bike trainer stand. Progressive resistance means that you won't have to mess with toggles or shifters in order to raise the resistance. Overall, the Nashbar Fluid provides a simple yet productive workout on a sturdy and cost-effective machine.