Virtual Training

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 ;)
 

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?
 

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!
 

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%.
 

RedBike

New Member
Location
Beside the road
but I think I might want a bit more resistance than 5%.
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.
 
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