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When winter has arrived each year, most of us cyclist wind up in a jumble when it comes to staying fast and on form. We come across magazine articles and countless internet pieces that swear to us that the only way to truly train during the off-season is to ride long, slow rides to achieve base mileage. There is no denying that the best and most effective way to train during the cold months is to get out and ride. However, for many of us non-pro cyclists, as the days grow shorter, darker, wetter and colder, yet our work hours stay the same, our riding time and motivation is undoubtedly cut short. For those of us who don’t simply have the time to ride during daylight hours, and don’t fancy riding in the chill and low visibility of the dark hours, the answer is indoor training. Luckily for us, indoor training is the name of the game for CycleOps.
If you’ve got no time to waste when it comes to training, make sure every workout counts, with the Fluid 2 Trainer. The Fluid 2 was masterfully designed to capture real road feel through the use of a 2.25 lb individually precision-balanced flywheel for more momentum and stability of your rear wheel. The fluid levels are carefully adjusted for better resistance and the sealed cartridge bearings have been strategically positioned for better inertia and an ultra quiet ride that ensures increased wattage as you pick up the speed. Simply shift gears to increase or decrease resistance, just like you would when pedaling the pavement. Your wheel actually accelerates and decelerates on an infinite resistance curve, just like it does outside.
Professional cyclists and prominent scientist Allen Lim worked collectively to develop a power curve based on a hybrid of road and time trial positions, discovering the point at which a speed of 25 mph overlaps with an output of 400 watts. This point of overlap is where the best power curve resides and is the basis for PowerTuned technology. By training on a PowerTuned curve, you benefit from the most true-to-life speed versus power contingency, no matter what speed you ride at.
Whether it’s a prerace spin in the grass or an intense training session in the garage, the Fluid 2 is constructed from sturdy, 2-inch round, 16-guage steel with adjustable footpads, providing stability no matter the surface. The quick-load cam lever lets you return immediately to the same resistance level of your last ride, making bike set-up quick and painless.
The Fluid 2 Power Training Kit comes with a fine lineup of products to greatly enhance your indoor training experience, such as the first ever heart rate based power meter in the PowerCal. The algorithms in PowerCal translate heart rate data into the vernacular of power-based training such as watts, kilojoules, peak power, etc. Use the PowerCal in junction with the CycleOps Speed Sensor, which can be configured to detect speed or cadence. The included Joule is the perfect training companion offering 18 metrics to help you measure your progress including power, heart rate, speed, distance, and altitude. The Fluid 2 Power Training Kit is much more than a training package, it’s a whole laboratory geared to quantifying your workouts.