Updated September 18, 2019
Warmer weather may be coming, but there's still a case for indoors to hone your fitness. That didn't use to be an enticing prospect but with the advent of online training apps it's got a lot more appealing. And possibly the most appealing of the lot is Zwift: riding around in a multiplayer environment with thousands of other cyclists from around the world. You can ride socially, you can train... you can even race.
But what do you need to get started? Well, a bike and an indoor trainer is a good start. And you can get into Zwift without paying a king's ransom. Or you can splash the cash if you've got it: it's up to you. With that in mind we've put together three setups: one for the cash-strapped beginner, one mid-range option and one for those of you out there with a serious indoor habit and deep pockets. Enjoy!
- Cycleops Fluid+ trainer — from £55 (second hand from ebay)
- Yoga mat — £12
- Bluetooth speed/cadence sensor — £22
- Small gym fan — £30
- Articulated arm (£13) and Phone holder (£6.49)
- Bkool Smart Go indoor trainer — £240
- Wahoo Kickr mat — £70
- Under-bed desk — £35
- Sweat catcher — £15
- 18-inch gym fan — £40
Money no object setup
- Wahoo Kickr — £1,000
- Samsung 4K TV — £379-£2,499
- Wahoo Kickr mat — £70
- Alienware gaming PC — £759-£5,799
- A/V tripod stand — £69.98
- 18-inch gym fan — £38
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