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Fresh on the Floor: Smart Training Products from CycleOps & Tacx

While it may not be all ice and snow drifts when you look out the window, winter is undoubtedly here for the foreseeable future. Luckily, whether you like to brave the elements by fat bike or stay indoors on a trainer, Stedman’s has you covered.

If the latter is more your style you’re probably already familiar with the benefits of stationary trainers such as improved fitness, practicality and convenience.

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We stock both traditional magnetic & fluid trainers at the shop, but smart training is the new kid on the block and the latest way to stay engaged, focused and make the most of your time.

To start smart training, you’ll need to decide on a trainer type- check out our list below and decide which is best for you.

Traditional Trainer
TO SMART TRAIN YOU’LL NEED:
 Computer/tablet, ANT+/bluetooth dongle and/or ANT+ speed/power sensors
STAFF PICK: Cycleop’s Fluid2
PROS: Relatively inexpensive
CONS: Medium data accuracy, consistent resistance, individual sensor batteries

Smart Trainer
YOU’LL NEED: Computer/tablet, ANT+/bluetooth dongle
STAFF PICK: Tacx Neo Smart
PROS: Most accurate riding simulation/experience
CONS: Cost, weight

It’s as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Pick a trainer
2. Pick up an app
3. Pick up a ANT+/bluetooth dongle and connect to your new trainer

There are countless apps to choose from, including staff picks such as Zwift & the Tacx Training app making it fun and easy to get started.

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Zwift is shop favorite…

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Stop by the shop for a demo ride on products from both Tacx & CycleOps and see what smart training is all about.

Questions/comments? Give us a shout at 401.789.8664 or info@westedman.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fresh on the Floor: Garmin Edge 1030

The new Garmin Edge 1030 is in the shop and available now. Sporting a larger high-res color display, detailed OSM maps (including trails and dirt roads), 20+ hour battery life, GroupTracking (which allows you to view riding buddy’s locations if you become separated) and preloaded data screens for road/mountain/cyclocross/gravel riding, the Edge 1030 is a true game changer.

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Riding in an unfamiliar area? Using a new feature called Popularity Routing the 1030 will recommend popular road and off-road loops in a variety of distances. Are you a Stravaddict? See how you stack up to segment leaderboards with real-time ahead/behind trackers. Or maybe you’re more of a pure numbers/data rider? View real time training stats such as VO2 Max, FTP, Training Load and recovery information.

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No matter what kind of rider you are the Edge 1030 will give you a real advantage. From solo adventures to the quick local spins with the gang this is truly one device that can do it all. Stop by and ask for a demo today.

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Questions? Give us a shout at 401.789.8664 or email info@westedman.com for more information