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Anyone hear of this? Tour De France Bike simulator

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I saw an advertisement for this a couple days ago and wondered if it was a viable training tool for someone who isn't necessarily able to get out into the elements.

 

I have a spin bike that I plan on getting on soon so I don't lose ALL of my physical fitness after the crash.

 

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Hi Finn.  Too bad this subject did not come up over dinner or lunch in Steamboat.  The follow is taken from a post I provided for a similar question on a bike forum I frequent.  My take:

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Yes...not a bad deal for some. However, I bought this bike and have recently returned it. While it's absolutely is rock solid, shipped to front door just fine and has integrated vertical movement and some neat software and routes, it lacked adjustment for me to the point it was unusable for my 6'3" frame. The bike set up really well with minimal bolts etc. and has its own wrench included. It is heavy (around 148 lbs) and cumbersome but helps with top heavy riders (my riding weight is 174 lbs).

But that was not the problem.

I expected handle adjustments, greater saddle adjustments, and certainly a seat post adjustment that would manage my 35 inseam. IMO; any serious cyclist would expect more large and fine adjustments to keep his/her position near that of their optimum with a dedicated machine of this price. Too much is placed with the 20 percent +/- elevation, software and mapping rather than the "usability" of the actual machine. Some of the rides from the TdF that are pre-loaded will cause some real knee popping if you can't get fit dialed in correctly. With the lack of handle movement and the "V" geometry between handle tube and seat tube along with the saddle limited in forward adjustment you soon find your pedal spindle well ahead of the rest of you as you approach, IME, 6 foot or above. Even still, my wife of 5'6" felt "odd" and compromised with fit.

Again, a well manufactured machine that can take punishment and the company has honored my RMA without hassle. They’re great people over the phone in customer service with apologies given to me for my unsatisfactory experience.  But buyer beware; fit and sizing limitation maybe a issue for some with this product (and as I found and told them) and I had wished there were some comments regarding this on the website. The hassle of re-box and return shipment along with up to a month for refund back to my account is not great (I did receive a full refund in 3 weeks).

My stationary bike in our community gym serves me much better on those rain days. And, even from the same company (and others) there appears to be better (less expensive) stationary bikes of "gym quality" with more adjustment.

Sum:  The commercial my wife and I viewed over and over during the tour was attractive along with a couple of reviews I read sold me in that moment of online purchase.  Software, maps and +/- adjustment great.  I also think the TdF sticker on this bike would have made me spin faster  wink.gif.  But fine mechanical adjustment for our geo fit needs was not present.

Hope this helps in your decision to purchase. Ride well. 

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Why not just buy a cyclus 2?

 

http://www.cyclus2.com/en/track_simulation.htm

 

A better training device, I suspect.

 

Mike

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Outside of the fact there is no TdF logos anywhere Mike…rolleyes.gif…I’ve been researching for something stand alone eliminating any stress to my bike altogether for those in-home days.

 

BTW, I spent some time with the folks from TrainingPeaks (noticed in your link) during a couple of stages discussing some storylines expanding use of their software for specific needs recovery.  Good group of folks.  They were a big sponsor as well as drove the loudspeaker car that leads in the approaching Peloton.    

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FWIW, I bought a commercial model Star Trac Johnny G Spin bike several years ago.  I used it for a while and then, like all home gym equipment, it became a clothing rack. 

I'm seriously motivated to get on it now that I've been grounded from riding my mt bike for the remainder of the fall.  Can't wait to get on it and keep my muscles moving. 

Don, you make me fell like such a girl!

 

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Hey don, thanks of the post. I am looking for a good trainer for the winter. So all suggestions are encouraged. 

 

Btw- I saw your bear today and I kicked it's ass! again.....

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Hey don, thanks of the post. I am looking for a good trainer for the winter. So all suggestions are encouraged. 

 

Btw- I saw your bear today and I kicked it's ass! again..... 
 

As I get a little closer in my final selections I’ll give you a ring. 

 

Also; with great urgency I will tell Betsy of your heroics once again boxing that bear defending all of us who visit the Boat…but it falls short without you in “voice” describing first hand. 

 

TC…did you see the post of Finn on Betsy’s FB wall as he gallantly described his fight with that Steamboat Bear?  I’m still blowing water out the nose lol’ng.  He nailed that bit stand up cold!

 

 

 

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If you are going over the $1K mark, you should look into a Computrainer and the ErgVideo (from intellicoach.ca). That way you get all the courses you want, the benefits of power-based training, and you are on your own bike which fits you, not a generic spin-bike.
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I know Don has much more self discipline than myself but I can't bring myself to spend that kind of money on something that is so mind numbingly boring.   Every year in November as I give up the outdoor rides due to lack of light I dutifully put the bike in the trainer and climb on.  I have an interval based plan that last 70 minutes and start pedaling with the music up loud.  400 centuries later I look down at my computer and I'm only 8 minutes in and haven't even started sweating yetmad.gif  My trainer season usually lasts about a week then I give up completely on riding till Feb.  I can make a spin class or two a week and hit the ellliptical trainer for a day or two for 30 minutes or so and ski hard all weeekend.

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I spin with a tv in front of me playing ski porn, it makes it much more palatable....

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I spin with a tv in front of me playing ski porn, it makes it much more palatable....


Ski Porn can be very boring!roflmao.gif

 

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Mike that's becasue all you watch is napoleon demonstrating how to lift and tip!  get some real skiing movies of real skiers skiing real mountains not cruising on greens..... Yeah that crap is totally boring....
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Ski Porn can be very boring!roflmao.gif

 



 

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As I get a little closer in my final selections I’ll give you a ring. 

 

Also; with great urgency I will tell Betsy of your heroics once again boxing that bear defending all of us who visit the Boat…but it falls short without you in “voice” describing first hand. 

 

TC…did you see the post of Finn on Betsy’s FB wall as he gallantly described his fight with that Steamboat Bear?  I’m still blowing water out the nose lol’ng.  He nailed that bit stand up cold!

 

 

 



 


I did see the bit on Facebook.  ROTF.gif

Made me want to be there!

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I know Don has much more self discipline than myself but I can't bring myself to spend that kind of money on something that is so mind numbingly boring.   Every year in November as I give up the outdoor rides due to lack of light I dutifully put the bike in the trainer and climb on.  I have an interval based plan that last 70 minutes and start pedaling with the music up loud.  400 centuries later I look down at my computer and I'm only 8 minutes in and haven't even started sweating yetmad.gif  My trainer season usually lasts about a week then I give up completely on riding till Feb.  I can make a spin class or two a week and hit the ellliptical trainer for a day or two for 30 minutes or so and ski hard all weeekend.

Well........that and keeping up with your girls!  That's a full time work out!
 

 

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Do you simulate putting horse spunk or god knows wtf else into your body to cheat and win at all costs?

does that annoying english bro say dancing on the peddles repeatedly while giving reminicising how great the oneballed texan dude was virtual hand jobs?

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Bushisms with sentence structure from Dumas père  icon14.gif

 

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does that annoying english bro say dancing on the peddles repeatedly while giving reminicising how great the oneballed texan dude was virtual hand jobs?



 

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