I love fat bikes. But I also really, really enjoy being warm. Maybe it's old age or a new found weakness for picking my spots, I am not nearly as eager to run out of the door into a blizzard to train. The magic number is 20 degrees. If it's colder than that, you'll find me nestled in the warmth of my basement, enjoying my trainer.
That's right, enjoying my trainer. The days of complaining about riding inside, of whining about the hours spent in the 'pain cave'....gone. Because the Wahoo Kickr makes it not just bearable, but enjoyable by integrating that gadgets your already have into the process of doing almost whatever you want on the bike.
Wahoo Fitness allows open source software, which means really, really smart people make stuff for you to do while riding your bike. And they come in the form of applications, apps you already have on your phone or iPad, and take just a few minutes to download and set-up. There are dozens out there, but here are a few that I use the most consistently.
Wahoo Fitness. This is Wahoo's app, and they done a great job. This is the default control app, which lets your connect sensors, select your activity, control power, a number of resistance modes, even your music. This app is perfect for your structured workouts, your 2x20 tempo rides, even doing some simulated climbing. It also works as a GPS tracker for running, letting you use any Bluetooth heart rate monitors you already have.
Kinomap. People all over the world have been uploading videos to this very cool app. It uses recorded video and GPS data to adjust resistance to your Kickr as you ride pretty much anywhere...kind of. Want to go for a ride through Central Park? Up Alpe d'Huez? Take on the time trial course of the Tour of Romandie? The video adjusts to your pace based on speed and weight, but it's hardly noticeable.
Segments by Strava. My favorite app, of all-time, bar none. Pick any Strava segment in the world. And go ride it. Based on your weight, the app puts you on the slopes of some of the world's most famous climbs and routes. Ride the Joux Plane, the Carrefour de L'abre, or even the entire Iceman route. Ride the same roads, virtually, as your favorite races. Take on the actual Alpe d'Huez time trial from 2006, and see where you stack up next to real pros and local heroes everywhere. There's no better way to put in a hard effort and get a feel for what the big mountains or classic routes are like, short of buying a pretty hefty plane ticket.
Because the Kickr reads power, you get a very detailed read-out of your efforts, power and heart rate zones, and all the nerdy stuff you may or may not lose sleep over.
For a full review on the Kickr, there's really no one in the ballpark of DC Rainmaker, so you might as well check his review out.