Tldr; is it advantageous to have a dedicated 2nd bike/frame for your smart trainer? I assume so. If so, how important is it to duplicate the frame geometry to your regular outdoor ride? Is it as simple as just “getting another 54 cm frame”? What’s the best trainer out there right now? Wahoo kicker? What else should i know/ask/be aware of?
I should preface this post by saying I think I know I don’t NEED a second bike for indoor training, but that the idea of transitioning my lone road bike to and from indoor outdoor mode sounds taxing enough that it could prevent me from using it altogether sometimes. That said, on to my questions and story.
I’m relatively new to cycling. I’m a pro skier and found myself road biking after a particular injury in 2016. To my surprise, my back was not only way more comfortable while riding than I anticipated, but I really fell in love with the experience. I decided to treat myself, and upgarded from my mom’s old 1972 Motobecane to an end of season 60% off steal of a 2016 Cervelo R2 Ultegra. I am very happy with the Cervelo (and don’t worry, I still have mom’s beautiful vintage motobecane).
I hardly rode at all in 2019 and 2020, but on February 10th of this year, I suffered the worst ski crash of my career. I dislocated my left knee, tore my mcl, pcl and lcl. I fractured and crushed my tibial plateau. Tore the ecu tendon and tfc ligaments in my right wrist. And I fractured the medial side of my left ankle. Long story short, I was in a full right arm cast, left ankle cast, full left leg brace and relegated to a wheelchair for two months. As I set my sights on next winter’s ski season, I decided this would be “the summer of road biking.”
I stole my parent’s peloton a few months ago for rehab because they never use it. I fell in love with power zone training. I love how it game-ified the workouts for me. As the snow melted more and the knee started to feel better, I started researching power meters for the cervelo with the anticipation of lots of rides this summer and hoping to take power zone training outside. I ended up purchasing the assioma favero duos and a wahoo elemnt bolt.
When I landed here just a few weeks ago reading up on power zone training (beyond what I knew from peloton), I quickly realized how different power zone training on the peloton would be from my outdoor rides or a real legit smart trainer. If I didn’t already have the peloton and it wasn’t free, I’d certainly wish I had a smart trainer. Between my slightly inaccurate whoop, different FTP’s on wahoo and peloton and an essentially FREE peloton bike and subscription, I figured beggars can’t be choosers and that eventually I’d pony up for a smart trainer down the road.
Well, now my family needs my help in California as my father is in a cancer drug trial at city of hope. I have no reservations about going down there for the summer to help my family other than losing my road biking season. I might ride a little in LA, but our rural and excellent pathway system has ruined me for city riding. So I figure if I plunk down for a smart trainer to have in air conditioned LA, I’ll be happy as a clam helping out my fam.
I figure I’ll get a wahoo kicker. Any thoughts on that?
I also like the idea of finding a cheap(er) second bike to hook up to the kicker so I can either leave my cervelo at home or have it intact for outdoor rides. This will also be helpful once I’m back home with my new smart trainer as well.
How important is it to duplicate the frame geometry of my fitted outdoor cervelo bike? With all my injuries through the years I’m a bit of a princess and the pea. For instance, the peloton aggravates my knee ever so slightly while I couldn’t be any more comfortable on the cervelo.
If I get a second bike for the smart trainer, will I need to move my assioma pedals over? I would think not.
Any help and advice is greatly appreciated! Feel free to ask me questions too if that’s helpful for you experts to help me. I’m a complete novice to cycling and even more so to power zones.
Thanks for welcoming me to the community!