I’m planning to eventually get a smart trainer for the full Zwift experience. However, I have a small home gym with a spin bike always set up ready to go. I saw a video about putting power meter pedals on a spin bike and using it with Zwift. It seems to me that this might be pretty useful ongoing for when I don’t have time to set up the smart trainer with the bike, but do want a Zwift workout.
So, apart from resistance not being controlled automatically, what does someone on a spin bike with smart pedals miss out on? (Obviously excluding the feeling of being on a real bike). Can they still take part in races?
I’m trying to figure out how much of the full Zwift experience you get with this setup and whether it’s worth the cost.