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    Neanderthal needs help

    I am from an era before the PC appeared.

    I want to put my aluminiumTrek 2.3 (no built-in anything) in a trainer and be able to use Rouvy as I pedal away the snow season (5-7 months).

    I am willing to spend some bucks.

    This is a guess. I need:
    bike -- got one
    Bluetooth device of some sort on bike
    trainer -- smart?
    Cheap tablet
    TV -- I have a Hulu ready tv

    What, how, etc.

    ALL advice gladly accepted. Be as detailed as you can. That is, walk the Neanderthal through the process from purchase to set-up to enjoyment.

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    Never heard of Rouvy.

    A better place to start is telling us how much $ you can spend. The answer is different if you are talking $100 or $1500.

    Zwift has a good explanation of everything you need. The info generally applies to all software, not just Zwift. Link

    The rouvy website (and all the other ones) have a section about what you need (computer, smart/dumb trainer, etc).
    - Rouvy smart trainer link.

    You don't need or use a TV unless you can plug your computer into it (e.g., HDMI out on laptop and HDMI in on TV). Then the TV is really just a second computer monitor.

    Need list:
    - Computer that meets the minimum requirements of the software
    - USB Ant+ or bluetooth dongle (Ant+ will work with all trainers. Bluetooth may not. Amazon link)
    - Trainer: $200? to $1500 (Tacx Neo, Kickr2, etc.)
    - May be necessary and is easier to have Internet access in the location of your trainer/computer setup.

    Here is my Trainerroad/Zwift/Sufferfest/Perfpro set up:
    -Old laptop
    -Kickr2
    -Crank based PM (Elsa R) - can power match through trainerroad. Not necessary.
    -USB ANT+ dongle for laptop.
    -Fan(s)

    If you don't care about training with a plan (i.e., you are just riding inside to stay in shape) and don't want to spend $1000, then I would skip the smart trainers and just figure out which dumb trainers can be used with your chosen software as "virtual" power. You need an Ant+ or bluetooh speed sensor on the rear wheel for this option.
    -Rouvy dumb trainer link.

    OTOH, if you want to train with power and currently lack a power meter: I would buy a power meter and a dumb trainer. Then you have your PM for training inside and outside. Then, next year buy a smart trainer.

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    I have a Trek 2.3 bike and a Kinetic Road Machine dumb trainer. I want to use the TV if possible. Cost is not a problem.

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    Large fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tornado View Post
    Large fan.
    or... simply a causal admirer for moral support through the cloudy winter months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek2.3 View Post
    I am from an era before the PC appeared.

    I want to put my aluminiumTrek 2.3 (no built-in anything) in a trainer and be able to use Rouvy as I pedal away the snow season (5-7 months).

    I am willing to spend some bucks.

    This is a guess. I need:
    bike -- got one
    Bluetooth device of some sort on bike
    trainer -- smart?
    Cheap tablet
    TV -- I have a Hulu ready tv

    What, how, etc.

    ALL advice gladly accepted. Be as detailed as you can. That is, walk the Neanderthal through the process from purchase to set-up to enjoyment.
    Since you said you are willing to spend some coin, here our some options

    Cadillac option
    - Smart Trainer -Rouvy reads power and alters resistance based on terrain via ANT+ or Bluetooth
    - PC - I don't think Rouvy needs anything hi-end. You need a network connection. You can also use an Apple phone/table or an Android device but then your screen size is limited (if that matters)
    - TV - bigger the better. Assuming to PC has HDMI out, you go go straight to the TV. Hulu won't help you here
    - a Heart rate monitor and cadence sensor can be read by Rouvy but not required

    PM option
    if you don't want to spring for a Smart trainer you can get a Power meter. That may cost just as much but you can use it outside. The PM will talk to Rouvy over ANT or BLE

    dumb trainer option
    Rouvy can estimate power from your KK trainer
    You will need:
    - a speed sensor like the Garmin https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/146897
    Wahoo makes one also (this may be a better option if used with a tablet because of Bluetooth)
    - an ANT stick for the computer (maybe)

    I run Rouvy (and Zwift) and my set-up is as follows
    - Bike
    - CycleOps Magnus trainer (smart, wheel on design)
    - ANT+ stick for PC (so PC can talk ANT+)
    - PC
    - 1080p TV with HDMI input
    - Garmin HR strap
    - GArmin cadence sensor
    - music system

    Setting this up is not difficult. I am sure there are folks here that can help if you take the plunge
    Last edited by DaveG; 01-02-2018 at 04:16 PM. Reason: correction

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