Virtual Cycle on a budget

I wanted to try Virtual Training to get some extra miles in over the UK winter months. Found that Pinnacle HC smart trainers are heavily discounted right now (£210 from £499 at Evans, Sports Direct and others) so I took the plunge and ordered one.

Comes with almost everything you need (just add a cassette) to ride on Rouvy & Zwift, but also found as a completely free alternative. They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but from all I’ve read MyWhoosh sounds like quite a decent platform. It’s lacking in users currently, but as this cost-of-living crisis drags on, folk may look for cheaper alternatives. ICTrainer could also be worth checking for £20/year.

MyWhoosh graphics
MyWhoosh graphics

Hoping to setup the Pinnacle trainer with my road bike this weekend, as the roadie barely gets used these days so might as well be useful.

Although MyWhoosh sounds quite decent;
Rouvy has real world routes with video footage and an ‘augmented reality’ overlay, so you can ride around the streets of Paris, Bruges, California and 1000’s more earthly places, including mountain passes. Could be worth the £15/month.

**Update Jan 2024**
Rouvy and Zwift work fully with this trainer! Resistance adjusts to match the terrain; Power, Cadence, Speed are all recorded, both also get HR from my Garmin watch.
MyWhoosh and ICTrainer don’t connect with the ‘Resistance’ side of this trainer, so you don’t feel hills (up/down) at all. They do power, speed and cadence just fine, but you’re missing a big chunk of the virtual route.

Also going to try IndieVelo – currently free and growing a base;

Rouvy Overlay on Video
Rouvy “Augmented” video footage
Zwift Graphics
Zwift is the most popular by far, about £15/month.
icTrainer – video + overlay. Seems more Data Oriented than the others, with fewer routes, but £20/year is cheap!

I’ll be updating this page as I head into this mild indoor adventure, but for now that’s all folks.
Keep the rubber side down & take it steady. 🌞