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Their top 4 reasons why…
1. Smart Trainers!
The foundation of the indoor riding revolution is a new wave of connected trainers. “Smart trainers” are controlled through various software applications that run on a computer or your smart phone, which provide workouts based on resistance or power. On a full-featured smart trainer, the apps control the resistance, so all you have to do is pedal.
Prices are coming down too: Direct-drive (where your bike attaches to the trainer directly via the cassette), power-enabled trainers like the Wahoo KICKR and the new CycleOps Hammer run about $1,200. These two models offer accurate power readings; connectivity to apps like Zwift and TrainerRoad; and realistic road feel, with up to a leg-smashing 2,000 watts of resistance and a simulated 20 percent grade. But you can get into the game for as little as $400 with something like the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Smart, which calculates power rather than directly measuring it, but still gives you access to training plans and workouts from the free Kinetic Fit mobile app or third-party iOS or Android apps like The Sufferfest and Zwift.
Most smart trainers today can connect to your smart phone or laptop via wireless protocols like ANT+ and/or Bluetooth. This means you can access and use online training programs and apps from third-party software developers (though there are more options for iOS devices than for PC and Android users).
Want to hammer? The aptly named Sufferfest offers 36 video workouts with names like Fight Club and A Very Dark Place. If you’re looking for methodical structure, TrainerRoad has more than 100 training plans to get you event-ready. Want more visual stimulation? Kinomap puts you (via video) on hallowed Tour de France climbs, classic American epics like Figueroa Mountain Road in central California, and even mountain bike trails.
3. Get Social!
The most exciting thing happening in indoor training right now is Zwift, which is probably best described as a virtual group ride. You can join any number of rides at all times of day or night, for all ability levels.
Like other apps, Zwift controls resistance on your trainer, so you can focus on making, and responding to, attacks (and maybe trash-talking your riding buddies via group or private message). Strava allows you to upload these indoor workouts for your followers to check out, complete with screenshots of your Zwift avatar in action.
Spinning has been around forever. But it’s reached new levels with outfits like SoulCycle—think spin class meets yoga in a dance club—and its main competitor, Flywheel, each boasting an almost cultish following (and equally passionate detractors).
Meanwhile, Peloton provides a smart trainer, app, class, and social environment all in one. The company offers in-person classes at its two studios in New York City and Chicago, but it is primarily a virtual online class with more than 3,000 on-demand workouts that you can access with its iOS app or on its $2,000 dedicated stationary bike (yes, it’s its own creation). You can use the app with any indoor setup, but you need the bike to record your ride or allow access to Peloton’s online leaderboard.