The Proform Tour de France In A Nutshell
This state-of-the-art piece of kit is a stationary bike that uses modern technology to mimic a road bike and provide the best possible training conditions in the comfort of your own home. Its links with the Tour de France (officially endorsed) are not unfounded; professionals and novices alike will enjoy training on this bike.
This bike is great for workouts and home gyms – bringing new elements to a basic idea for something that is different, challenging and fun – but it retains the features users look for most, such as the Polar heart rate monitor, which comes in the form of wireless chest strap, and a user-friendly console.
What additional benefits do you get from the Proform Le Tour de France?
The greatest benefit of using this bike is that is provides such realistic riding conditions. The goal of the manufacturers was to create a machine that would be best suited for training professionals and giving novices a good workout, and because of this they have incorporated high-tech systems to ensure the most authentic experience possible.
As well the predetermined routes already available, users have the chance to create a route of their choice via Google Maps, meaning you can pretend to be training anywhere in the world or at a favourite site. The bike then adapts to this terrain by increasing the incline and decline accordingly to a level of 20%. Not only does this let you escape the feel of the gym, it gives you a tougher workout.
This intensity of the exercise is enhanced by the amount of programs and settings available that tackle the resistance. The bike has 24 levels to contend with, including a wind resistance setting, and it adapts to individual riders to provide the most realistic level possible based on the users dimensions and the route chosen. In addition to this, there is another unusual feature of the bike to continue this trend, the inclusion of gear controls on the handlebars.
The final advantageous feature to be noted is not one that is particularly useful in terms of performance and training, but one that shows the modern nature of the device. Instead of a simple magazine rack this bike has an iPod dock and speakers so you can train with your favourite workout tunes playing.
Other features of the Pro Form Tour de France Trainer.
- Machine dimensions in inches: Length 58, Width 25, Height 59.
- Maximum User weight: 350 pounds.
- Workouts/routes: 24 pre-set alongside the ability to search for your own.
- Adjustable parts: Both the handlebars and saddle can be adjusted for optimal comfort.
- Warranty: You get 10 years on the frame and 1 year for parts and labor.