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    Best indoor training apps

    Been a little while since I've posted as I've been tied up with Uni work and other stuff.

    Recently decided to upgrade the turbo trainer, mostly because I somehow managed to melt my way through the roller all the way to the inner metal on my bog standard Aldi jobby a little while ago. Went for a Tacx smart setup but realise that it wasn't quite what I wanted. I've already got the sensors for speed, cadence and heart rate so what I really want is more of an interactive ride. Something that responds to the virtual environment so to speak.

    Managed to find another model which should get delivered tomorrow. It pairs with existing sensors which is great and also phones/tablet to control the ride resistance automatically...also great, but it got me thinking, what is the best indoor training app to use?

    I've seen plenty of Zwift rides on Strava, tbh, they look cool but is the monthly subscription worth it? I've heard of others such as Trainerroad, Tacx's own app and Bkool (which I used when I melted my old turbo trainer roller).

    Are there any others? Do you have any experience with such apps? Any pros/cons to consider?

    Still saving for the new road bike so I need to keep in mind any extra monthly subscription costs.

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    Have to add that due to the crappy weather of late and limited opportunities to ride for the time being, the turbo trainer is going to be my main source of exercise for the foreseeable future. I've managed to bugger up my shins and foot with recent running attempts so need a little rest from that and have arranged a massage session this week in the hope that it helps. Yes, I know Lataxe, you told me so!

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    If you have a smart trainer that automatically responds to hills etc then Zwift be good, however as my turbo is non-smart not sure it's worth it for me. I use GCN training videos and other stuff on youtube. Zwift seemed good during the trial week I used and I think it's 8 per month subscription. Can't comment on Trainerroad etc as not tried.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Cheers Muffin.

    The Zwift free trial is going well but I can't help feeling it's a little gimmicky. There seems to be some decent training schedules to take advantage of but really not sure if I will pay when the trial ends.

    Having a look at Tacx Trainer Software which looks like it has some excellent features but requires a a license ranging from about 55 to just over 100. I managed to get a basic license from Tacx but some of the options are limited plus I probably need to purchase a 12 month Google Maps license in order to ride gpx/fit files I've already ridden, plus create new routes and ride them.

    The trainer pairs with my Edge 1000 too so I can ride courses and activities I've saved/already ridden and the resistance changes automatically but there's no visual interaction like with Zwift and Tacx. Perfect for the purist but I'd probably find it a little boring after a while.

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    TrainerRoad is brilliant. A proper training app. Needs some dedication though to get the best out of it. Lacks the visual appeal of Zwift I suppose.

    I had a good go with it last year, was very impressed with the results.
    "Training is also a battle" - Kim Jong-Un

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    Best thing I use for turbo rides is utube ctx videos...the 45minis my fav...especially with the mad sprint sessions in the last 11 mins

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    Thanks both. Just had a quick look at CTX video on YouTube. It's not for me.

    TrainerRoad does look good, perhaps a bit too specialised for my needs though. I want to train, but not necessarily follow schedules and training plans.

    Really want to explore the Tacx Trainer Software a little more but without the Google license, it's a little tricky.

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    Came across this the other day http://bigringvr.com looks like it could be worth trying the Beta version

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    Looks good Aberdeen Al! Thanks for posting.

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    Finally took the plunge and purchased a Google license for the Tacx Trainer Software. Glad I did as it's more than worth it imo.

    Some excellent features and I can ride existing gps routes that I have ridden or downloaded, plus I can create my own in the app. I thought the street view feature would be cool but it's a little annoying, unless you know the route. I've already got a few real time videos to use with the program which should be cool and I'm looking forward to cycling up the Alpe d'Huez from the comfort of my living room

    The next step is upgrading from the basic package to the advanced package which cost €75 which is a little steep but it does unlock quite a few more features.

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