list your favorites
list your favorites
Cervelo S1 2010 (road) Lemond Alpe d'Huez 2004 (road)
Trek 4500 2006 (mtb) Gary Fischer Utopia 2008 (commuter)
Redline Conquest 2009 (cross) Redline 925 2009 (single speed)
Spinervals: HILLacious(2x8min steady climbing, 4x3min rolling hills sim, 4x40sec steeps)
Spinervals On the Road: Autumn Country Training Ride(better terrain for video), Lake Placid Training Ride(more hours/dollar)
Bike-O-Vision: St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Death Valley & S. Nevada(not really training vids so there's no coaching involved, but they work well anyway--I tend to use them for steady state intervals[the DVDs are about 75 minutes long broken into approximately 15 minute long segments which works fine for me], aero base building, and recovery rides.)
I much prefer DVDs that are out on the roads, but I need variety when I'm using a trainer, so I like using the standard type Spinervals DVDs, too.
Wow, I didn't realize people actually watched bike-sim videos... that IS what you're talking about?
"Every dog needs a squeak toy."
New favorite, top of the heap.
Spinervals On the Road: Tucson Training Rides
This DVD has a very tough ride of about an hour and 20 minutes that is a climb up Mt. Lemmon to Windy Point and an easier ride of a little more than an hour over Gates Pass. The Mt. Lemmon ride is a merciless uphill grind, but the scenery and curving road are enough to keep the boredom at bay. Cool-down section for that ride is the descent. There's a bonus section that's just footage shot from a car going from Windy Point further up the mountain. The Gates Pass ride is much more varied with nice climbs, rollers, and descents. Lots of saguaro which makes for an interesting biking landscape. The DVD has a 9.5 difficulty rating which is higher than the other two On the Road DVDs but fiddling with the gearing would make even the Mt. Lemmon ride usable for anybody. I have quite a few indoor trainer DVDs, but if I had to recommend just one, it would be this one.
anything, thats not american... and or endorsed by lance armstrong...
__cat 2 cyclist.
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How does it work...is there just a video of someone riding along a road? Or do they set heart rate zones etc to hold for a set length?
I wish Netflix would get some of these DVDs
Has anyone downloaded any videos from: https://secure.trainright.com/storef...CategoryID=145
Last edited by Blade-Runner; 11-24-07 at 09:59 PM.
13' Venge Pro Force, 13' Crux Elite, 13' Raleigh Furley, 12' Co-Motion Speedster Tandem & 11' Epic Expert Carbon Evo R 29er
Spinervals tend to emphasize gearing, cadence, and perceived exertion although Coach Troy does mention heart-rate targets from time to time. Regular Spinervals are just a group of participants using bike trainers and stationary bikes, and the coach walks around telling everyone the details of the workout including interval lengths and intensities. On the Road Spinervals are footage shot following the coach as he rides a certain route while providing gearing, cadence, and perceived exertion information to help you match your workout to the terrain of the ride and also includes footage shot from his helmet-cam.
CTS/Train Right is similar to regular Spinervals. Coach walks around a group of participants while telling you how to do the workout. Carmichael is lower-key and less motivational in his approach than Coach Troy is, but from time to time there are clips included of pros racing meant to inspire you.
RIDES is another series that is out on the roads but with a group of cyclists(I have the Las Vegas/Valley of Fire DVD). Definitely has the most on-screen information(since unlike the other series there are no verbal comments) --perceived exertion, zone, cadence, a graphic showing the tilt of the road, pop-ups offering cycling tips and trivia, even pop-ups identifying the musical selections. Seems more professionally produced(slicker anyways) than the other series but I think it's undermined by too much crap on the screen, an over-sized main graphic, and some film angles that I don't care for which work against the suspension of disbelief. Still, it's not a bad training DVD.
Cycling Fitness Results is yet another series with a group of participants using bike trainers(I have the Pedaling Strength DVD). Don't care for this series at all. It's almost like whoever made it decided to make it as dull as possible. There's no coach walking around interacting with the group and very little information given verbally or through graphics. It does have zone and cadence graphics. Each workout on the DVD I have is just unvarying periods of churning a big gear at low cadence with five minute recovery periods between work efforts. There is music, but that's about all there is to break up the monotony, and it just ain't enough.
Bike-O-Vision are more like wordless travelogue videos than the others. There's just a camera pointed up the road(when it's not being pointed in some direction less conducive to cycling) with no coaching, and the only graphics just identify the location from time to time. Music varies but is classical more often than not. Some of those DVDs are better for cycling than others.
Last edited by Pendergast; 11-25-07 at 02:20 AM.
I converted many of my old cycling videos to dvds.. The old school paris roubaixs are 45 minutes long and perfect for a quick trainer workout.. You can see the clips on youtube.
My favorites are: Bike-O-Vision's "Hawaii's Big Island", "Santa Fe & No. New Mexico", "Washington Cascades", "California Coast", and "California Wine Country".
I really like the "Sufferfest" video podcasts. I think there are only 4-5 of them but they are a great workoout. Lots of vintage footage from Paris Roubaix, TdF and others. Good music selctions also. Plus, they are free!