Sunday, November 22, 2020

Stationary Bike

I dusted off my stationary trainer and went about figuring out if any of my hardware still worked.  For reference, my starting point is:

Performance Travel Trac 2000 stationary Trainer - purchased around 2000
Pinarello Standard Geometry Road Bike - originally purchased 1987 (rebuilt several times)
Garmin GSC 10 Speed Cadence Sensor - purchased 12/10/2020
Suunto Mini Movestick - purchased 12/4/2013

I used to train on TrainerRoad back in 2014 and really enjoyed it.  Back then it was $10/month or $99/year.

Now I am looking at $19.95/month or $189/year.  I have every intention of starting a service.

I changed the CR2032 battery on the speed cadence sensor and was relieved to have my device pop right up on the IpBike app on the Google Play store.  This was my first check.  It would not have been a big deal to buy new hardware and there are reasonable options from Wahoo and Garmin.  I would have probably opted for the Wahoo RMP (Speed and Cadence for $69.99 on Amazon).  I am still toying with the idea of getting a Polar H10.  These are $90.  I have not trained with heart rate or power in a long time, so this will probably stay on hold.

The mini movestick is no longer required as the speed cadence sensor can pair directly to my phone via the ANT+ protocol.

Now the plan will be to do a few monostructural sessions on days it is too cold to ride and then hopefully get back on a TrainerRoad plan riding a couple of times per week.

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