It's Indoor Training Week on Cyclingnews, and that means for the next seven days, we'll be focusing our efforts on the world of indoor cycling.
We're all aware of just how rapidly indoor cycling has grown over recent years. Thanks to the advent of the smart turbo trainer and accompanying apps, indoor training is no longer about trying to follow a prescribed workout from memory, with little more than a stopwatch for timing and music to take your mind off the pain.
Nowadays, the best turbo trainers can connect to indoor cycling apps on your smartphone or computer, allowing your pedalling power to control the speed of an on-screen avatar. The app can then control the resistance felt through the pedals to offer realism or help you hit power targets, so if your avatar is riding uphill, you'll feel the resistance increase, and if you're following a workout, your turbo trainer will read your cadence and adjust the resistance accordingly to ensure you hit the correct power. All you need to do is keep the pedals turning.
All the while, certain apps allow you to ride with people from all over the world via the internet, offering a connected, immersive and motivating environment that's enjoyable.
So whether you've not touched a bike in 30 years and want to find some fitness, a seasoned veteran training for next year's big goal, or you're an aspiring youngster looking to take on the Zwift Academy for a WorldTour contract, the world of indoor cycling is rife with opportunities for everyone, and this week, Cyclingnews is celebrating that fact.
What's on the indoor cycling menu?
As ever, we'll be bringing you everything from buying advice to reviews, tips, tricks, how-tos and more, but throughout this week, we'll be looking at turbo trainers, smart bikes, indoor cycling apps and everything else associated with indoor cycling.
Planned for this week, we'll be comparing indoor cycling to spinning, the two similar-but-different branches of pedalling indoors; we'll also look at music to understand why it helps, along with our pick of tunes for you to enjoy (and probably judge).
We'll be answering the simple question of should you buy a turbo trainer, in which we discuss the pros, the cons, and the alternatives; as well as where you can (and should) buy one. We'll bring you the alternatives to the market-leading app, Zwift, as well as a roundup of hacks to optimise your indoor setup.
We'll take things back to basics with an overview of the benefits of indoor cycling, and we'll take a look at how and why indoor cycling can be a fantastic tool to assist anyone on a weight-loss journey. We'll also be taking a deep dive into indoor cycling while pregnant, which includes an interview with TrainerRoad's Amber Pierce, the former professional road cyclist who has recent firsthand experience on the subject.
Of course, we'll look at the turbo trainers and bikes themselves, as well as the other peripherals such as ANT+ adaptors, the best indoor cycling shoes for men and women, and what are the cheapest Zwift setups available to get you pedalling indoors with the smallest upfront cost.
Those are just some of the topics coming up this week, there's plenty more in store, and we'll share them all here throughout the week.
Best headphones for cycling: Earphones for cyclists riding indoors
The best cycling headphones for adding music to your ride, both indoors and out.
Zwift alternatives: Who's giving the leader a run for its money?
The best indoor training options outside of Watopia.
Indoor cycling and pregnancy: Is it safe?
Key considerations if you’re expecting and want to continue cycling indoors.
Cycling music: Sounds to get you through the toughest indoor workout
The right music makes a hard workout just a little easier, but does your taste match ours?
Zwift easter eggs: The weird and wonderful things you probably never noticed
Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, that's a yeti, mate. Here are some of the hidden features and iconography you never knew existed and where to find them.
Best computers and tablets for indoor cycling: our favourite devices for Zwift
Computer, tablet or television, here are the best ways to run indoor apps.
A turbo trainer is a tool that can help you vastly improve your performance by training through the winter, but is it right for you?
TrainerRoad: Your ultimate guide
A workout and performance-focused training app, with group workouts, a comprehensive plan builder and machine learning.
Hacks for indoor cycling: Tips for the novice when starting out on Zwift or any other app
New to indoor cycling? Here are a few tips from the Cyclingnews team to help you hit the ground spinning.
Indoor cycling vs spinning: What are the differences
Explaining two different types of indoor cycling, and why they draw such different crowds.
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The best deals on the best of Tacx's training range
The top spec turbo from Wahoo at the best prices
Information on pricing and availability as well as today's best Tacx Flux 2 turbo trainer deals
Elite's direct-drive smart trainer tech with a lower list price
This top spec turbo from Elite gives you all the functionality at a bargain price.
Turbo trainer vs smart bike: Which should you buy?
Two different ways to ride indoors but which one makes the most sense for you?
What is ANT+? Why do I need it for cycling indoors?
Everything you need to know about the wireless protocol not called Bluetooth.
Winter's coming, indoor cycling is gaining popularity once again and you want to get involved? Here's where to buy a turbo trainer… and where not to.
How and why indoor cycling can be the perfect tool to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Best indoor cycling shoes: Keep your feet cool during indoor efforts
The best indoor cycling shoes offer increased comfort and breathability for maximum indoor cycling performance.
Seven apps that you can use to track your indoor training.
Benefits of indoor cycling: All the great things that riding indoors can do for you
Why taking your training indoors this winter might be the best decision you make
Best women’s indoor cycling shoes: Keep your feet feeling cool and fresh during indoor training
Avoid overheating during indoor efforts with our roundup of the best women's indoor cycling shoes
Josh has been with us as Senior Tech Writer since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Team Tor 2000. He's always keen to get his hands on the newest tech, and while he enjoys a good long road race, he's much more at home in a local criterium.
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