5 Reasons I Use the Wahoo Kickr Smart Trainer as a Causal Cyclist: 1. It enables a consistent training or exercise routine: Although I’ve used this trainer on average 2-3 times per week, this average has certainly increased in the recent months with self-quarantining. And the thing I’ve noticed is that my consistency in overall exercise has increased. Looking back at my Strava weekly recaps, I’ve noticed a consistent chain of workouts thanks to this trainer. A big reason for this is the convenience of just having my bike hooked up to the trainer, ready to go. Additionally, cycling indoors eliminates the time-consuming prep that goes into riding outside. Such as getting your kit on, making sure you have enough battery life on your phone, spare inner tubes, enough time in the day, nutrition, the list goes on. I’ve also practiced some efficiency with my work schedule, squeezing in a quick workout in between meetings or even handling a couple work emails while on the trainer. I’ve also watched movies and listened to music on less intense workouts. These small conveniences help eliminate some of the barriers or excuses I may come up with if I had to ride my bike outside. 2. It’s quiet with a small footprint: My wife and I have lived in either apartments or townhomes for the past several years, often living in close quarters with neighbors above, below or beside us. So, one of the most important things I was looking for in a smart trainer was a low noise level. The Wahoo Kickr is quiet. There is always going to be a little bit of noise as with any mechanical parts moving around, but the high-pitch whirring you might get from a traditional trainer is not there. Because the drive train is connected directly to the trainer rather than having the back wheel up against some form of resistance, the noise one might get from the friction of the back wheel is eliminated. 3. It’s portable: Did I mention that I would prefer riding outdoors vs inside? Well, the great thing about the Kickr is its portability. During the height of self-quarantining, I did start to find myself getting a bit bored with the same routine of getting on the trainer, in the same room with the same setup. So, I decided to take the trainer outdoors. There were a couple of times I set up the trainer on our outdoor balcony of our apartment to mix it up a bit. All you would need is a power source to hook up the trainer and/or your laptop. But for the laptop, I ran it on battery power for the duration of my workout. Not only did taking the Kickr outside make things a bit more interesting, I also found myself being able to cycle on the trainer for a bit longer. A major contributing factor to this were subtle things like the breeze, temperature and space that created a more open, breathable environment. All of these factors help break up the monotony of using this trainer in one place. 4. It’s safe and predictable: If you’ve seen some of my other videos, you would have seen I’ve been in a couple of crashes riding my bike outside. And these crashes weren’t during a race or intense efforts. They were either commutes or casual rides. The thing I’ve learned over the years as a cyclist is that you can’t control what others on the road are doing. There are other cyclists, drivers or pedestrians that are either unaware or spiteful that you’re on the road to begin with, so safety is naturally a major concern. Using a trainer is also predictable and gives you more control of your exercise. No need to worry about punctures or being stranded, especially when going for long rides. Again, riding outside has a lot of pros and is my preference, but when safety, time management and predictability are a priority, this trainer is perfect for this. 5. Lastly, it helps you practice skills on the bike: I think the world of virtual cycling has made a lot of advancement in the last couple of years. For example, Wahoo also sells the Kickr Climb that aims to simulate the position of the bike when climbing. Even without next level devices such as this, there are plenty of features on the Wahoo Kickr that help keep your skills sharp for when you do go outdoors. For example, the cassette I have on my Kickr is the same cassette I have on my back wheel. When I bought it, it came with a standard 11 x 25 cassette, but over time I decided to change this cassette out with the same one on my bike, just to better prepare myself for the feeling of hitting climbs or practicing efforts. When in free ride mode, Zwift simulates gradient changes over the duration of a course, which forces me to change gears to keep my cadence or power intact. So, gear changing, although a subtle skill, is kept sharp. So, although the Kickr cannot exactly mirror the outdoors, it can get pretty darn close. #zwift #wahookickr #cycling #indoorcyling Music Intro: Right Now – Rick Steel Outro: Cali Buzz – Yung Logos Strava: 🤍🤍strava.com/athletes/calhan Instagram: 🤍🤍instagram.com/melovelo
Hello ! Are you in Lausanne ?
excellent and well presented video, am looking to get one of these for indoor use, is there any cons to this? monthly subscription for zswift?
Why does everybody has to play music just get to the point
is there a super-easy begginer program with wahoo and Zwift?
Great video. I just set mine up last night. Hoping to get lots of fun rides in
the most [important value for these training machines the practicality sound because of belt or no belt and price. Amateur cyclists regular basis 3 to 5 times one hour do exercise or weekend cyclists eventually if not done in regular basis one could lousy in performance. I live in Rotterdam mecca of cycling roads. Wahoo is very expensive compared to Tacx. Pro machines over 1000 Euro ridiculously expensive. In fact cycling is an expensive sports overall. But be determined to go out cycling or indoor there will be injuries but to minimize that depends upon how conscience the rider is
Has anyone had issues with the set screws in the drops bending on a tri bike after riding on the kickr?
which is it your table?
Thanks for the video. Had a quick question about the Lifeline mat, though. How is it holding up so far? Any tears or residue left on your floors as a result of the mat sticking to the floor?
Bro you definitely need a fan or two to use an indoor trainer properly
I loved how you put the laptop on a keyboard stand! Awesome idea. I’m stealing it. I’m a musician and cyclist. Great review.🙏🏾👍🏾
Great review! I’m gearing up to get a trainer for the winter time and when I don’t have the time for outdoor rides. I live in a small apartment and have been looking for a foldable desk like the one you have to use with a trainer. Which one you are using?
So what app do you use for training indoors?
Really helpful video - white bar tape is terrible at concealing blood. :-(
I'm thinking really hard about entering the world of Zwift. If and when I do I'll be buying one of these.
I just bought my Kickr and now I feel like I know it just a little better b/c of your video. Thank you from Las Vegas
Yo!!! Bar tape around the chain stay is smart. I need to do that.