My indoor bike trainer came in and after some hemming and hawing and trying to ship it and my bike down early as unaccompanied baggage, I finally got around to setting it up after the nice people at transportation told me the day before I had scheduled the movers to come that I wasn’t going to get unaccompanied baggage after all. Since I wasn’t going to be able to ship it out early, I figured I might as well set it up after all.
I was going to keep it in the garage but decided to bring it inside for a couple of reasons: 1) we’re getting ready to move and rent our house out so the garage is messy; 2) if I’m in a messy room for any length of time, I will start cleaning it; 3) if I’m cleaning, I’m not working out; 4) P gets all huffy when I put things away and not where he left them last; 5) the TV is inside the house.
It’s a little crowded because I have a tiny house (not a Tiny House, just a tiny, 850 sq-ft house with two adults, two dogs, and one cat) but it’s only for a few weeks.
I settled on the Tacx Vortex Smart because it had pretty good reviews on DC Rainmaker’s recommendations for bike trainers(and was pretty, I admit that was a tie-breaker). I liked that it had Bluetooth and I can control the wattage from my phone.
It was pretty easy to set up and calibrate though I think the app could use a little work. It’s not as intuitive as I think it could be, but overall not bad for a free app. Tax has a program you can buy to pre-create workouts but it’s only available for PCs and I have a Mac so if I want a pre-designed workout I’d have to use TrainerRoad or Swift.
Overall I’m pretty happy with it. My biggest challenge now is trying to find something decently interesting to watch on Netflix.