Title says it all.
I’ve always loved riding back in my hometown but I just kinda stopped when I moved to a big city and needed to use my vehicle more and more. I’ve been wanting to get back into shape and Zwift checks all the boxes for something that will get me motivated and keep me hooked while letting me stay around the house so if my disabled wife needs assistance, I can be there for her in a flash.
That said, I don’t currently own a bike and all the “Beginner Guides” and “What to Buy” videos usually assume that having a bike is a given so they don’t really cover what to do if you don’t own a bike.
So that’s my question – what considerations should I make if I want to start Zwifting but haven’t owned a bike for years? At this time I don’t really plan on using the bike outside so whatever I get will likely be mounted to a direct drive trainer and left that way.
I originally thought this would be a good reason to just drop the money on a smart bike but I’m leery since it seems the technology for Zwift is still advancing and I’m worried a smart bike would likely become outdated in a year or two as Zwift continues to evolve. I’ve also seen mixed reviews for the various smart bikes, along with their hefty price tag, so I’m doubly cautious of going down that route.
Ultimately I’ve boiled it down to getting a direct drive smart trainer and all the associated meters to make the most of my zwift experience, and in that regard there is PLENTY of information online.
But as for bikes… the most I’ve seen is “Any bike will work” but that doesn’t exactly give me confidence in my ability to go out and purchase a bike.
What aspects of a bike are relevant for Zwifting? Component-wise, what is important and what aspects are less relevant if I intend to keep as an indoor trainer only? Where should I invest my money?
Further, if anyone is familiar with the Toronto, Canada area and has suggestions for stores that could facilitate these decisions, that would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!