Get Indoor Bike Training Ready | Cycling Tips For The Perfect Home Set Up
Get Indoor Bike Training Ready | Cycling Tips For The Perfect Home Set Up
There’s no denying it, the indoor bike season has arrived! If you haven’t done so already now is a great time to sort out your training space ready for some hard workouts, all in the safety of your own home. We’re here to help you find the perfect set up for you, so there’ll be no excuses to miss any future sessions.
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Seats for the kids so we can watch a movie together!!
Big ring or Small ring?? Does it make a difference if you put you chain in the big ring or the small ring when using ERG mode in Zwift training programs? I use mine in the small ring as it keeps the noise of the flywheel lower ( its not bad in the big ring, using a Tax flux S)
Whatts are watts or are they?
I use a solid music stand to hold my computer and phone in front of my trainer. Uses little space and can be adjusted up or down to set best height.
Plug sockets!!! Good call out. So much pain cave tech needs power.
Recently purchased the runn for my treadmill so I’m now Zwifting on treadmill and bike ,just means the washing is busier now washing towels and bib shorts daily
Remote control fans so you can adjust them as you warm up. Also headbands!
What’s essential in your indoor setup? Let us know!
For sweating…. a bike thong. It’s a thing.
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Recently set this up for the first time as a total cycling novice. Really useful things to buy in my opinion:
1) Tacx Vortex – £250 off Facebook marketplace, one of the cheapest ways to get setup interactively (WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! So much better experience using ERG mode / having it change for you. DEFINITELY go interactive – though I reserve judgement on direct drive (can imagine this to be even better, but over double the price)
2) Decathlon BTWIN turbo trainer mat (£15) – you don’t need one of the expensive ones
3) Fan – again, you can spend tens/hundreds of pounds – I have a cheap one we use in summer blasting at my face from reasonably close range and is more than good enough
3) HR monitor and ANT+ dongle – had the HR monitor from my Garmin, dongle was £10 off ebay. Completes the "interactiveness"
4) Large towel or old t-shirt to cover the bike (again, no need to buy something specific, just something that will cover the surface area of the frame/handlebars)
5) Trainer tyre (£30) – much less noise, and no mess anywhere. Don’t regret buying mine
6) I have a widescreen monitor and then a TV above it for which I watch Netflix/past Ironman races on Youtube etc. Really does make it more enjoyable
7) Multi-USB port (about £4 off eBay) – I have spare keyboard/mouse plugged into the multi USB port, which means I only have 1 USB port to plug into my laptop once I plonk it down.
1) Definitely try and set up everything "in place" so you can literally pop your laptop/device down, plug in quickly, and go. Saves so much time (as with point 7 above)
2) Wear your cycling shoes and "clip in" – again, so much better experience
3) Stick some motivational prints up on the wall 🙂
4) Each time you ride, spin your front wheel slightly. Prevents you from leaning on the same spot on your alloy each time you ride (distributes the "wear" a bit more evenly).
5) Press F4 on your keyboard every time you feel bored. Hearing "RIIIIIIDE ONNNNNNN" never gets old
Bit of an essay but hope this helps!
I am still using an old recumbent bike in my home gym and it is not comparable to a good tt bike with a trainer. One day my goals and budget will match. I just hope it is before spring.
The Aero/TT-position is such a specialized position and I don’t use that bike enough; so putting it on the ‘turbo’ makes sense for me.
Good comfortable headphones that can handle sweat and a sweat band for your head are my essentials
And what about carbon fiber bikes on trainers? Some manufacturers (like Canyon for example) don‘t recommend this combination. Best, Pawel.
Just a spin bike and an iPad at the moment for me!
Hiii i love your vids so much. Plz may you do a video on youth triathlon. I just recently started
Yes, this is a great quick an effective way to continue our passion while we are indoors.
Cheers from NYC
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A dry towel. You sweat way more when youre stationary.
Best investion – a cheap but large plastic-mat on the ground. Finally not sweating on my floor anymore. Really easy to clean.
A table within easy reach for the tv remote control was my best move.
One tip when riding in the aerobars: Set your screen up so that when looking at it your head/eyes are at the same angle as when you’re riding outdoors (i.e. higher than you think). It’s more comfortable to look down but then you’re not going to be able to hold the position when returning to outdoor riding again.
great video, i’m trying to look for either a wahoo or tacx for riding indoors, but unfortunately in canada, all wahoo/ tacx (well most) products have been sold out with out new supplies coming in. so hopefully soon