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Outfitting Your Bike Torture Chamber: 3 Setups to Fit Your Budget

Before the advent of smart trainers and power meters, our Sufferlandrian ancestors trained the old-fashioned way: they found a boulder roughly the size of a small house, tied it to their seatposts, and dragged it up the slopes of Mount Sufferlandria. It wasn't pretty, but it worked.

Fortunately for those of us without ready access to house-sized boulders, there are other options. To get you ready to Suffer, we've outlined 3 popular setups for outfitting your Bike Torture Chamber at 3 different price points. You don't have to spend a SUFload to get started, but the higher-end setups do have the advantage of being more accurate, more reliable, and offer options like smart trainer control (also known as ERG mode).

To train effectively you really need to be able to measure power during your workouts. Not only does training with power ensure that you're working at the right intensity to get the intended benefits out of a workout, but it also allows you to take advantage of Four-Dimensional Power™ with targets customized to your unique 4DP™ profile. For a budget-conscious setup, virtual power is the way to go. All it requires is a conventional trainer and a compatible ANT+ or Bluetooth speed sensor.  For more information on what virtual power is and how to set it up, check out the articles in our Help Centre

(Please note that prices are subject to change and may vary depending upon your location)

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The Budget Option 

CycleOps Fluid Trainer $199.99 (on sale until November 27th for $159.99)

Wahoo Speed/Cadence Sensor Bundle $69.99 

Wahoo USB ANT+ Dongle Kit With USB Extender $39.99 (for Windows machines. macOS and iOS can use Bluetooth without a dongle)

Lasko Remote Control Fan $29.75 

 

The Mid-Tier Option

(US and Canada)

Wahoo KICKR Snap Wheel-On Smart Trainer $599.99 

Wahoo Cadence Sensor $39.99

Wahoo TICKR HR Monitor $49.99

Lasko Remote Control Fan $29.75 

(Europe and Other Countries)

Elite Direto (Prices vary. Typically around $850)

Wahoo USB ANT+ Dongle Kit With USB Extender $39.99 (for Windows machines. macOS and iOS can use Bluetooth without a dongle)

Wahoo TICKR HR Monitor $49.99

Lasko Remote Control Fan $29.75 

 

The Premium Option

Wahoo KICKR Direct-Drive Smart Trainer $1199.99

Wahoo Cadence Sensor $39.99

Wahoo USB ANT+ Dongle Kit With USB Extender $39.99 (for trainer control on Windows or macOS)

Wahoo Trainer Floor Mat $69.99

Wahoo TICKRX HR Monitor $79.99

Lasko Remote Control Fan $29.75 

 

For a full list of compatible devices, check out our comprehensive compatibility chart

Questions about setting up your torture chamber or anything else? Email theminions@thesufferfest.com

 

 

 

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