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Virtual Training

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Krypton, 15 Aug 2007.

  1. Krypton

    Krypton New Member

    Location:
    UK
    I think I've seen a system where you can plug your rollers into a PC and do virtual cycling against your previous best times, or VR opponents - is there such a thing?

    Does the software control the resistance on your rollers too?

    Sounds like great fun ;)
     
  2. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    Tacx make something a bit like you describe (have a look here, I think Wiggle sell them).

    I haven't used the system, but was wondering about it the other day because the weather was so rubbish. Has anyone on the forum tried one?
     
  3. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Yes, the i-magic / fortius

    Racing yourself is great for motivating you to push harder and riding a virtual route really helps relieve the boredom normally associated with using a turbo trainer.

    I'm afraid the I-magic isn't very realistic. Despite the manufactures claims it struggles to replicate gradients much over 5% or low speeds. It doesn't really matter though. If you want a totally realistic ride then get a set of lights!
     
  4. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    Ah, ok, that's interesting. Realism in the sense of graphics wouldn't bother me, but I think I might want a bit more resistance than 5%.
     
  5. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    I can think of better ways of spending 600 quid on cycle gear...
     
  6. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    The ideaology is great...it could be improved but as it is its pretty ok !
     
  7. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    You'd be surprised. As far as resistance goes the I-magic isn't a weakling. Most turbo trainers struggle to offer a high level of resistance at low speeds. If you want more resistance then just select a higher gear or pedal a bit quicker.

    To compensate for the lack of resistance the trainer often uses a virtual speed instead of the actual speed of your rear wheel. You never actually find yourself doing 25mph up a 25% slope but you don't find yourself in first gear straining to keep the cranks turning either.