I submitted this to the podcast, but doubt it will get picked…we’ll see haha.
I’m new to the world of indoor training with power I have a question on the optimal setup based on the options below.
I am a mountain biker - I actually found TR via the Mountain Bike podcast - thanks @Jonathan!
Wow, you can spend a LOT of money getting into this…smart trainers, power meters, etc. So many options, my head is spinning…
I have 2-3 main goals:
- As little money out of pocket as possible but don’t want to buy twice…
- Make it easy to get on/off trainer to do work
- okay, #3, would LOVE for my wife to be able to do her spin classes on the setup (my current trainers has no resistance)
My current setup is a 15 year old Nashbar trainer that was probably $199 new. + a hardtail and trainer tire with wahoo sensors (virtual power). I’m currently 38, have been mountain biking for years and would like to get faster and race locally in North Carolina and be prepared for a few big 25 mile, 2-3k climbing days. I know my fitness will take some time to build up, but I’d really like to be competitive in my 40s…locally at least and maybe more, time/family permitting. Most of our terrain in the piedmont is XC type trails.
So far, I’ve been using TR for about 1.5 months and am in base 2 and just retested FTP last week and went from 198 to 235 #beginnerbump! I’m doing the low volume plan and usually only get 2 days of training in, with another 1-2 days outside!
With all that being said, I’d like to ask about indoor training setups and the pros/cons.
Ideally, I’d like to improve my setup with minimal money out of pocket AND a setup that I could upgrade over time without feeling like I’m wasting money
#1: Kickr Core - I could get one at REI at 20% off + 10% in dividends and then sell my hardtail for about $300 (I currently have 4 MTBs…) and then only come about ($300 out of pocket) for the core (I have a spare cog). My wife is a spin instructor and it seems that she could do spin classes on it with the resistance mode, which would be a plus. I can use my full suspension XC (have extra wheel) on the trainer and reduce bike storage by 1 and … uh… happy wife
#2: Trade hardtail for road bike and use with wheel on trainer I have or maybe grab a used Kurt Kinetic. Aren’t there a lot of cheaper power arm options on road bikes? Seems like this might be the cheapest option but largest footprint and doesn’t consolidate bike fleet. Plus, I could ride in my neighborhood which is a 3 mile loop - NEVER on main road though, I have zero interest in road riding. ($100 out of pocket) - but no resistance mode for spin classes for the wife…right?
#3: Keep trainer and and hardtail (or trade road bike) buy power meter arms ($250-400 used out of pocket)
#4: Smart wheel on trainers? What other options am I missing?
So, what are your opinions ideas? Thanks in advance!!