Re: Peloton-style vs. Smart trainers?
Mike, here is my two cents.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I’ve used the Lemond bike in my gym (very similar to Peleton). It’s ok, but lacks the realism that Zwift provides riding with real people. I much prefer zwift over any other simulation programs that I’ve tried.
That being said I really don’t enjoy indoor training that much because I sweat a lot and my tolerance for overheating is low, even through I probably have an almost ideal setup for training with multiple fans, outdoor air circulation, etc. so I only use Zwift occasionally though out the year, mainly during the rainy season although I’ve used it for short rides during this past month when the air quality allowed.
Since I’m not a heavy Zwift user, I never wanted to invest too much money in the setup, so this is what is use.
First, I have a power tap wheel on one of my old bikes for power measurement along with a garmin wheel speed sensor and cadence sensor. I had to purchase an ANT+ usb dongle for Zwift (about $40) and I have an old CycleOps mag trainer (about $60 used)
Since the resistance is fixed, I need to change gears to change resistance so that is not as realistic as the Zwift controlled resistance of a smart trainer.
So that’s a scenario of spending very little money to try Zwift or any other online simulation software assuming you already have power, cadence, speed and heart rate measurement capability. For several years, I’ve been considering purchasing a nice Zwift compatible power trainer But I just haven’t been able to justify it to myself giving the number of times I would use it normally. The flip side is that if I ever do decide to purchase a nice trainer, I know exactly what features and capability I want based upon my experience with my bare bones setup.
On Sep 6, 2020, at 09:27, Mike Moore <mrmoore.usa@...> wrote: