Indoor cycling has become an ally of amateur and professional cyclists, and it is no coincidence. Today, thanks to virtual cycling platforms like ours, fans of this sport can enjoy, without leaving home, great experiences with added benefits.
Indoor training is no longer just an alternative when there is no other choice, but for many it has positioned itself as the first choice for the advantages it offers.
In this article we offer you a complete guide so you can get the most out of your BKOOL workouts while having the most realistic experiences possible.
Find and set up a training space properly
If you want your relationship with indoor cycling to be a pleasurable experience, the first step is to find a suitable place and set it up correctly. It’s the first step to, from there, being able to devise a session that is as realistic as possible.
The ideal set up is to have a space at home prepared with everything you need: a screen, a smart trainer, a table, a shelf, a table or similar to assist you, etc. Although there are athletes who, when time and circumstances allow, prefer to train outdoors (a terrace, a porch, a balcony). An option, however, that is probably only viable in summer.
Choose a smart trainer
Having a smart trainer will give you a much more realistic experience. Beyond having speed, cadence and power sensors, these models have the ability to simulate the unevenness of the road at all times, so your training will be much more realistic. On a basic trainer you will always pedal consistently as if the route were flat, regardless of the route you face.
Choose a route in BKOOL
Once you have your smart trainer, you can choose any route you like in BKOOL. From the flattest and shortest to the longest and hilliest. Your trainer will simulate the gradient of the road in real time, making it a much more valuable experience.
Do you want to know what it feels like to climb the Alpe d’Huez, the Tourmalet or the Stelvio? With BKOOL it’s possible.
Use Bkool Real Weather
This exclusive and patented system for BKOOL Cycling takes the realism of the simulator to another level. The Bkool Real Weather function allows you to recognize the real-time weather in any area and bring it into the simulator.
When you select a route anywhere in the world BKOOL recreates the weather of that place at that moment: if it rains, you will see rain, if it snows you will see snow and so on, like with any weather agent. But not only that, the simulator is also able to recreate the intensity of sunlight and the phases of the moon. So you can find yourself pedaling in broad daylight or in the darkness of the night depending on the place -and time to pedal- you choose.
Set up Ghosts or Bots
If all this doesn’t seem realistic enough, BKOOL takes realism to the next level with its Ghosts and Bots.
Bots are virtual cyclists that you can add to your workouts to compete against them. There are five types with different characteristics and each of them has a different competitive personality: from the most ambitious to those who save themselves for the end, and all of them adapt to your level.
Ghosts, on the other hand, are repetitions of another user who has already done the stage before and acts with exactly the same behavior exactly as during their previous attempt. You can be yourself or another rider on the platform.