Indoor Training Tools Revisited

The new Rouvy AR interface

A few years back, I wrote a post on indoor training tools / apps which I had used or intended to investigate further.

That post has had two inline revisions and another revision would not make it more readable, so I’m dedicating a new post to it ūüôā

First, I realized that I only mentioned the Sufferfest in one of the revisions, but the original post had no entry on Sufferlandria at all.

This was probably due to my voluntary exile out of Sufferlandria, but in hindsight, I think it was unfair to leave them out altogether.

So, let me first right that wrong…

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Sensa Dura Integra – First Impressions

Sensa Dura Integra

Introduction

(Not interested in the ‚Äėhow the Dura Integra came to be‚Äô? Jump to the actual review)

Earlier this year, while at the LBS for some preparations on my Sensa Trentino, I was going through the latest brochure of Sensa Bikes.

As you (probably / should) know, I have modified my Giulia G2 to look like a TT bike, by replacing the standard handlebar and aero bar clip on with a 3T Vola cockpit.

However, I quickly found out that this meant I couldn’t (comfortably) ride any serious mountain stages, so I got the Trentino. And as it also didn’t quite fit the profile of a true TT bike, the pages in the brochure with Sensa’s TT and Tri bikes, caught my eye.

Sensa offers two bikes in that segment: the Dura Integra and the Dura Triathlon. While I figure(d) the triathlon bike will offer a¬†slightly more comfortable geometry and position because of the length of the courses you will ride with that, I didn’t quite like the look of it.

Not that it would matter much, because surely there was no way in hell the boss would allow the purchase – or even trade in – of my just over a year old Giulia, right?

Wrong…

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Rouvy Legend

I became a Rouvy Legend¬†(link to Rouvy’s Legends page) somewhere last year, meaning I completed all the tasks of the career path. Which would have meant that I could finally retire and die in peace, if it wouldn’t have been for a drastic change in the career concept.

You can read about that – and the addition of branded challenges – here¬†and here. You can read my ‘Legend interview’ with them here.

After my ‘Tour de France 2017‘, I had a few spins in and just outside my backyard, but by October 1st, I was ready to start the indoor season.

My main app for training is obviously Rouvy which has been my favorite for the past two and a half years or so (see my original post on indoor apps from February 16, 2016).

As I own a vast collection of films with footage from just about every major EU/US climb, scenic ride and Ironman track, I have enough to watch while training, other than what Rouvy itself offers. And sometimes I use ‘free ride’ mode for a recovery spin, in which case I put on one of these films too.

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Sensa Trentino CXD – First Impressions

Sensa Trentino CXD

My Sensa Giulia G2 has evolved in such a way, that it is actually no longer suited for long rides in the mountains, as I have fitted it with a 3T Vola cockpit to make it look like a TT-bike.

It’s fine for the short bursts uphill in the south of my country or the neighboring Ardennes and Eifel, but when I visited the Vosges last September, I didn’t feel very comfortable during the long climbs and descends there.

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Sensa Giulia G2 – First Impressions

The Batbike

Update: the Batbike has since been fitted with a 3T Vola Team Stealth – read about it here.

As I obviously did not want to get my brand new Sensa Giulia G2 dirty РGod forbid! РI continued cycling indoors on my demoted Element all through January and February.

Well, I did get out on the Bulls a couple of times, but other than that, I was honing my skills on the various indoor cycling platforms (mostly Zwift and CVT though).

Not such a bad way to spend time on¬†zee baik, and I totally disagree with those ‘bad ass’ riders who argue that indoor rides amount to next to nothing, but I do agree¬†that a real outdoor ride has it’s own unique merits.

Between those indoor rides,¬†I was ‘finetuning’ my Batbike, with clip-on aerobars, an ‘all black’ saddle* and a Stages PM, waiting for the weather to change.

And one week after my frosty tour of Flanders, it finally did and I took the Sensa Giulia G2 for a spin.

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