I saw this new Tour de France Indoor Cycling Bike advertised during the Tour de France on Versus. They look very cool and use the same magnetic resistance system of my favorite commercial indoor cycles from Keiser, Schwinn and FreeMotion.
Instead of using a friction pad to create resistance on the flywheel, these indoor cycles use apposed rare-earth magnets to create what is called an eddy-current (link to Wikipedia page) in the rotating aluminum flywheel.
At ~$1,300.00 it’s not cheap, but for a indoor trainer with power (watts) measurement it’s considerably less than any Cycleops with power measurement. (Yes, I realize they are targeted at slightly different markets.)
I talked to ProForm the company who manufactures ProForm TDF Training Bike today and we are planning an interview to dig into the details. I will post a link to the podcast from indoorcycleinstructor.com here when it’s up.
They have extended the Zero down / no payments for 6 months program. Maybe one of these new Tour de France Indoor Cycling Bike could be an early Christmas present…to you 🙂