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    indoor training with Bike O Vision

    Sometimes I'm not in the mood to be yelled at by Coach Troy and the Spinnerval gestapo, so I'm thinking of trying out Bike O Vision for some low key indoor training. Are they worth it or should I stick with TDF & movies with nice scenery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuchuck
    Sometimes I'm not in the mood to be yelled at by Coach Troy and the Spinnerval gestapo, so I'm thinking of trying out Bike O Vision for some low key indoor training. Are they worth it or should I stick with TDF & movies with nice scenery?
    My wife got me the DC area one for Christmas. It is certainly low key.

    I wouldn't recommend it for rollers ( I tend to follow the roads and oddly enough you can't turn left on the rollers) or any time you want to do anything above an active recovery spin. Turn their music off and listen to something else. They also spend a lot of time looking to the "right and left" which for me got rather disorienting. It was a nice scenic tour, but my other comment would be.... I'm riding rollers, indoors, in the winter. Couldn't they have done the shooting of the video in the summer?

    I can't speak to the other videos, just the DC area one. YMMV
    Envision, Energize, Enable

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    Try the endurance DVD's I like them for a change. It's better then watching people ride on trainers.
    http://www.endurancefilms.com/rides.html

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    For virtual reality training purposes, the best of the Bike-O-Vision videos are the St. Croix and Puerto Rico DVDs. I'd rate Death Valley next then it's a big step down for the rest of them. Generally, too much time with skewed camera angles for my tastes with most of the Bike-O-Vision DVDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cryanathus View Post
    Try the Global Ride series - www.globalride.net - definitely the best (and newest) virtual cycling DVDs that exist.
    They do look nice, but I wish they were longer. Looks like 40 minutes is about the limit?

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    Here's a new Virtual Reality Training DVD you might like!

    I would offer you another option for a virtual ride training video. They're called epicRIDES, which are just that, epic rides shot in beautiful, interesting locations around the world and intended for use in indoor cycle training.

    www.epicplanet.tv

    The first release is Epic Vermont and it features a big climb over one of Vermont's best known mountain gaps, Appalachian Gap, which is one of the major climbs for the Green Mountain Stage Race.

    epicRIDES are clean and elegant - like cycling! There is a dashboard superimposed on the video which give you just the right amount of information to gauge your training effort - elapsed time, average grade, training zone and a real neat terrain profile with a progress indicator.

    The next release is called Epic Acadia and it is shot on the coast of Maine in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. It will have a major climb up Cadillac Mountain, the highest on the coast of the Eastern U.S.

    There is a Training Guide that goes with each video with three different workouts per video.

    These videos are a great way to pass the time while training and give you a great sense of what it is like cycling in other locations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cryanathus View Post
    Yeah, they are a bit short. 40-50 mins is the total time, and I read that's something they are going to try and improve on in the future. Still definitely worth checking out though, because the overall quality and options they give you are way better than any other DVD. The four selectable coaching tracks on every DVD for instance... each coach has their own interpretation of the ride and does it a bit differently, so you can watch it four days in a row and get a different experience each time.
    That is a nice feature. Heck, 4x50 is a nice long workout, even if it is the same road 4 times over.

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    No worry, no snow in most Bike-O-Vision videos

    Quote Originally Posted by NomadVW View Post
    My wife got me the DC area one for Christmas. It is certainly low key.

    I wouldn't recommend it for rollers ( I tend to follow the roads and oddly enough you can't turn left on the rollers) or any time you want to do anything above an active recovery spin. Turn their music off and listen to something else. They also spend a lot of time looking to the "right and left" which for me got rather disorienting. It was a nice scenic tour, but my other comment would be.... I'm riding rollers, indoors, in the winter. Couldn't they have done the shooting of the video in the summer?

    I can't speak to the other videos, just the DC area one. YMMV
    The Bike-O-Vision cycling videos are 99% in beautiful sunny weather, you'll be happy to know. The Wash. DC and Historic Virginia ride is in winter but other than seeing snow in distant mountains in a few others it's sunshine and blue skies. I have all of the videos and I prefer them because for my age group I don't need all the facts and graphics on the screen with me. What I want is a good workout when I can't ride outside and this is what I get with the Bike-O-Vision scenic rides. They are always more than an hour and closer to two in length. Real simple, they are inspiring and keep me moving and in cycling shape.
    Last edited by jdandplhunter; 01-11-15 at 11:32 AM.

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