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    So as winter is setting in I have been thinking more and more about setting up a stationary system that I will actually want to use.

    So I guess what Iím really stuck on is whatís the most realistic riding options right now? You have trainers that vibrate if there is cobblestone, there is the whole kickr eco system with the climb and headwind. Then you have a couple smart rollers that give you way more movement... or what I just found today while checking on the inside ride rollers again was the e-flex for the kickr trainers, but doesnít look like it would work with the climb as you need inside rideís floating fork stand. Would be cool if they designed one for the climb, but I donít see anything pointing to that happening?

    I think I am leaning towards a kickr w/headwind for now, then when the inside ride e-flex is back in stock, grab one of those... but also not sure if Iíd just be better off with their smart roller which has safety features from flying off the thing unlike most rollers. But worried about the noise and added tire wear.

    Anything else I should be looking at? Would be good if I can take advantage of some Black Friday sales which might help sway me in a more definitive direction!

    As for the actual zwift portion, Iím thinking just the extra 42Ē tv I have kicking around and hook up the laptop, anything Iím missing there?

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    I recommend either the kickr or the neo plus a fan. The kickr is kinda fixed and the neo can flex somewhat. All the rocker stuff and the climb are kinda gimmicky. They really don't add much to training. Of course if money is no problem, there is the kickr bike. If you have too much money, there is the tacx magnum. The kickr bike will be hard to get at the moment, the magnum is even harder. Rollers are good for form but not so much for strength. You can't really do low rpm high resistance on rollers. I have used my rollers on zwift. It's so weird to spin at +90 rpm and barely moving on an incline lol.

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    The Neo is sweet.

    Also a $400 fan? Are you high?
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    Quote Originally Posted by msommers View Post
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    The Neo is sweet.

    Also a $400 fan? Are you high?
    $250usd... and wahoo is going to have a Black Friday sale, so will wait and see what that looks like... but it’s soooooo sweet! I think it will add a lot to the sensation of speed with zwift.

    The “rocker” setup I’d be looking at looks like it would add a lot...



    This has me leaning towards the kickr, plus if I want to try out a vr headset then it won’t be as sketchy as doing so on inside ride’s rollers

    The goal is enjoyment over sheer exercise, so if the gimmick adds enjoyment then I am more likely to actually use the thing.

    Have you guys used the smart rollers with the resistance? The inside ride claims to be able to mimic up to a 10% grade
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    The kickr headwind fan was 275 CAD at ridleys. But the product listing seems to have been removed.

    For PC / Mac setup, I think you will need a USB / Ant+ dongle.

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    Laptop does have Bluetooth, would that work?

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    Most of these need the ANT+ dongle to work well.

    That headwind trainer seems interesting but kinda gimmicky. I have a Neo now that I need to setup...my pants are getting slightly tighter than I remember haha
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    The sweet thing about the fan though is that it can increase the flow based on heart rate, this is especially nice when getting on the bike early in the morning. I find it beneficial because typically when i start out i'm a little chilled to have the fan on full blast but as I warm up with my heart rate it increases. Prior to the headwind i'd have to stop mid warm up to go turn the fan on, now it just works.

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    At $150, I'd be fine with it. Regular $400 is insanity!
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    I’d have it set to speed... cooling is for winners

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboom View Post
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    The sweet thing about the fan though is that it can increase the flow based on heart rate, this is especially nice when getting on the bike early in the morning. I find it beneficial because typically when i start out i'm a little chilled to have the fan on full blast but as I warm up with my heart rate it increases. Prior to the headwind i'd have to stop mid warm up to go turn the fan on, now it just works.
    Fortunately they make fans with remotes for those on a budget
    I warm up with fan off, then turn it to low until I get too warm, then set it to full blast.

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    So “pre-black Friday” sale has the 2018 kickr refurb on for $700usd, don’t think there is any changes? Still works with headwind and climb... do I buy or do I wait for the actual Black Friday sale... Hrm

    Also thinking I will just get the trainer now then use up the wellness spending account and in the new year use up the fresh balance of it on some toys for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penguin_Racecar View Post
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    Fortunately they make fans with remotes for those on a budget
    I warm up with fan off, then turn it to low until I get too warm, then set it to full blast.
    My setup is similar. I have a fan on max plugged into a smart outlet.

    Once I am warmed up I have to ask Alexa to turn on fan. It is ghetto but very cheap. I think 2 fans are $25 and the smart plug was $10.

    I would spend good money on a trainer as it makes a bigger difference than one would think. I got a Stac Zero for $650 and truthfully it kind of sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneek View Post
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    I got a Stac Zero for $650 and truthfully it kind of sucks.
    In what ways? With 4iiii taking over and releasing an updated version of that trainer, I was tempted to give it a try.

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    Well, turns out I should have just ordered it earlier. Same deal today but their site was down almost all day. Finally got confirmation though! Kickr will be on it a way and should be under $1100cad all said and done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroGravity View Post
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    In what ways? With 4iiii taking over and releasing an updated version of that trainer, I was tempted to give it a try.
    It rides really poorly to be honest. I have the old version with the wheel weights so it isn't a direct comparison.
    It just doesn't spin up and down very nicely. It is also quite difficult to find a good wheelset/axle system that works with it. Ended up spending another $200 just to get the trainer working. My friend ended up with a Direto and it rides far nicer for about the same money when you consider the extra wheelset. It is a lot of work to get started.

    My first trainer came out the box broken so I actually went and met them in Cochrane. Very nice and knowledgeable bunch, but truthfully I couldn't recommend it unless it was 3-400.

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