I started cycling a few months ago and found a cheap used trainer that was a great introduction to the sport. I now want to upgrade to a smart trainer that can measure watts to keep track of performance.
I don’t want to spend more than $500 USD and I would like it to be compatible with TR and Zwift. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Just for reference, you can use a “standard” trainer and a speed sensor for VirtualPower in TrainerRoad and similar functions in Zwift, to estimate power. You won’t get feedback and automatic resistance changes from a true smart trainer, but know that a smart trainer is not a requirement for either app.
This means the trainer you have right now may be a fine starting point without the need for more investment (assuming you have a wheel speed sensor), as long as you are OK without the controlled trainer function. Plenty of people still train with these simple trainers and get great results with them.
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