53 years old - Used to run 2-3 miles 3 times a week after work. Some foot & knee injuries has put that on hold, so I decided to look into getting an indoor bike to do what I can to justify eating and drinking all the stuff I like
My wife wants to use it too, and it needs to be quiet, so a stationary bike looks like the way we’ll go.
Love the look & feel of Zwift and would really like to use it, not for racing so much though - but I would like to start off easy & likely use the feature of creating my own starting routines for a bit. I want it to be accurate.
I picked up a Schwinn IC4 after seeing lots of great reviews and videos. Everyone was running out quickly so I wanted to get it while I could. (8 stores literally sold out in 2 days…) Haven’t assembled as I’m still researching. Found some sticking points.
Two things got my attention regarding the bike: 1) Pedal/crank production issues (some were told 4-6 weeks for a replacement!) and 2) inaccurate data.
Mechanical problems can be fixed. Software problems, apparently, can not.
I’m kind of a numbers guy when it comes to watching performance data when I’m exercising, so this is really important to me. That, combined with also finding lots of posts regarding pedal and crank problems has convinced me that perhaps spending nearly $1000 on a bike is unwarranted for something that essentially won’t be 100% reliable out of the box.
So, I’m considering getting a stationary bike without data functionality, and getting data pedals or another device set to send accurate data to Zwift & devices.
For the record, I would like to be able to use my Apple watch, iPhone, iPad, and I think a TV with Apple TV hooked up. (I have all these now.)
Any recommendations for a reliable, quiet bike & pedal combo are greatly appreciated. Hoping to keep the bike & data device(s) <$1000 or so if possible.