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Old 02-05-10, 04:42 PM   #1
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Ultimate Virtual Training

Maybe this is on the forum somewhere but I couldn't find it......

My local bicycle shop has a big upstairs where there are eight roller platforms facing a big screen. 3-4 times a week I show up and ride with roadies, racers and mountainbikers. I install my road bike on the roller platform, enter in my personal stats (weight, age, etc.) and the screen, while riding, shows speed, avg speed, watts, heartbeat, ALL THE STUFF! Courses range from 17 to 40 miles (and the shop owner can build any course he wants.
We pick a different course each time....hills, downhills and level, you can draft.....this program is amazing and I'm in twice the shape I was just 3 months ago!
Loud music, big fans blowing, it's SO FUN! Does anyone else have this set up in their town?

I'm training for an 8 day, 800 mile trip in June (sleeping on the ground)....I was worried about Winter.....I'm in the best cycling shape of my life in the dead of Winter!

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Old 02-06-10, 10:40 AM   #2
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A couple of pics of the training room.
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Old 02-06-10, 11:11 AM   #3
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Pretty sweet man, thanks for sharing that. I think some of the oft austere bike crowd, and admire this but its true, are a little tech-averse.
There has to be a good middle ground, since it can do things like this for us.

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I'm so surprised that in 2 days, only one person has responded to this thread. Does anyone train on a CompuTrainer? Is it that unusual?
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I'm so surprised that in 2 days, only one person has responded to this thread. Does anyone train on a CompuTrainer? Is it that unusual?
I would love to train on a Computrainer; however, I can't justify the expense. The trainer itself cost anywhere from $600 on up and that's not including a computer. Of course, you could hook up to your current PC, but in my case I've got a very small computer room. It would be a PITA to set all the equipment up, ride, then have to disassemble everything all over again. I also can't see building a dedicated computer for Computrainer as I'm not a professional rider and the return on the investment would be completely subjective.
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Thanks for that Sirrus Rider, I just happened to "fall in" to this group of racers/commuters at my local bike shop. It's $10 a session and has really made demands on me that I would not have made on myself when riding or training alone! Another beni are all the fellow bikers I've met.
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