Inspired by the Tour de France? A new bike will take you around the world
Is the Tour de France inspiring you to get outside and cycle? There’s a bike for that — and because the Pyrenees and the Alps are a bit out of reach (and, well, reserved for the professionals for the time being), the stationary bike allows you to set elevations to make those famous climbs remotely.
Pro-Form’s official training bike of the Tour de France provides the outdoor riding experience when you’re stuck at home (you know, if you’ve got kids upstairs sleeping or it’s snowing outside).
The bike is currently on sale for $1,499, marked down by a $1,000.
Here are four features that make this bike awesome and will help you mimic the real Tour de France experience:
Google maps: The iFit Technology that is powered by Google Maps will let you travel the world on your bike, without ever leaving the house. You can set your own course. Say, the hills of San Fran sound like a nice work out for your legs. Or, you can choose from two dozen already-mapped out courses, like the Passage du Gois or the hills of Mont des Alouettes in France. Oh, and as you cross the finish on the Champs-Elyseese, your neighbors will hear your making victorious screams from your garage.
Incline controls: The bike automatically adjusts the include and declines to match the terrain you’re cycling. Your bike mimics the mapped route so that you get a work-out as realistic as being outside — minus the potholes and inconsiderate drivers.
Intelligent wind resistance: The technology will adjust the resistance of your bike based on your wind profile. It does so by calculating your weight to apply the natural resistance you would get if you were riding on the road.
Handlebar shifters: Just like being on a road bike, you can alternate gears with these handlebar shifters that simulate front and rear sprockets. There are two dozen different resistance levels.
Like to bike, but don’t want to spend big bucks on a stationary bike? Here are a few affordable options, starting at under $100.
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