Turin Bike Trainer

By STEPHEN REGENOLD

Cross an entrepreneurial mechanical engineer with an obsessive triathlete training for his first Ironman and you get Paul Krumrich, a 35-year-old inventor who this summer built a bike training system to encapsulate a rider in a bubble of technology.

Touted as the “ultimate in indoor training,” the Turin Bike Trainer melds high-end audio and home-theater components with a computerized resistance hub and bike-training software to allow a rider pedaling on a stationary road bike to control lights, room temperature, fans, music, video, a computer and web cams to view yourself and work on position in real-time.

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The Turin is touted to encapsulate riders in technology

The Turin, which will be marketed through Sensory Environment Design, Krumrich’s Minneapolis-based technology firm (www.sedexperience.com), incorporates dozens of components — including a plasma display, 5.1 surround sound speakers, a DVD player and an Apple TV box — all assembled in a laser-etched metal case topped with the plasma and flanked with fan outrigger arms.

The rider controls applications via a touch-panel that sits on a stand next to the bike’s handlebars. The resistance hub and bike-training software work in tandem to simulate real-life bike courses from around the planet.

Krumrich, a competitive soccer player and triathlete, is finishing up a year of training in anticipation for the Ford Ironman Arizona on November 23. He came up with the idea for the Turin while spinning indoors last spring at a friend’s house. “We were watching a video of the Tour on a terrible 27-inch tube TV,” he said. “I knew there had to be a better way.”

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Control from the saddle: Turin riders have technology and entertainment options at their fingertips

With a base price tag of $12,500, and configurations that will sell for more than $20,000, the Turin is a niche product made for serious athletes with equally serious disposable income. But Krumrich believes in an industry where people buy $8,000 bikes a teched-out training system can find its market.

The goal of the system, Krumrich said, is to make indoor bike training more bearable and more effective by keeping the rider engaged and entertained — be it while watching a movie or pedaling a virtual Ironman course.

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Fan outriggers blow synthetic wind to further simulate the experience

When not in use as a trainer, the Turin’s components double as an all-in-one home theater system. You can add your existing cable box to the system and then watch movies, play music and check email from the couch.

Then, when the training bug strikes, hop on the saddle and clip in. Toggle the control panel to initiate a session, web cams aimed to show your position onscreen, the fans cranked to high for virtual wind, and room lights blazing above to simulate the sun.

—Stephen Regenold writes the weekly Gear Junkie Scoop for Outsidemag.com and TheGearJunkie.com.

Posted by Mark Griffith - 10/17/2008 01:26 PM

Or you could ride your bike on the road with wind in your face and hill in front of you. ;)

Posted by Darryn Kozak - 10/17/2008 01:37 PM

Very cool in a geeky way, but I’d still rather ride outside in a blizzard. But then I’m not going to be winning any Ironman competitions any time soon (or ever for that matter).

Posted by T.C. Worley - 10/17/2008 02:46 PM

As a MN rider, I’d gladly trade up my magnetic trainer and rollers for one of these when the weather turns fowl. It would be a notch above trying to recreate races on DVD.

As for the price tag – geez!

Posted by paul krumrich - 10/17/2008 03:16 PM

Just for full disclosure, I am the guy in the picture….but just want to put it out there that I am 100% for riding outside regardless of weather, but it is slick when you have to try and pull a 5 hour ride on a Saturday in January. I think the market will be high end health clubs or rich Tri-geeks. The price point is high, however that is more for the theater we create than the bike trainer specific parts. Downloading the course and riding it at a viewable and measurable wattage is helpful for pacing in long races….

The unit in the picture is now out in denver at the Orthopedic Trama Association trade show, we will see if any of the doctors pull the trigger.

Posted by Monty - 07/04/2010 06:39 AM

Cool…. It an alternative training especially if there’s a bad weather outside although you cannot really test you limit in this kind of training.. its still best to training outside..

Posted by Jeremiah Smith - 03/02/2012 04:07 PM

Ok, I’m a software programmer and an athlete. Played D1 college baseball as a pitcher so running is not new to me, nor is swimming but, actual hard core biking is a whole new animal. I don’t have the extra cash laying around the house for a $12,000 item but the techy in me is dying to ask the question. Is there a way to sell this in pieces, with available upgradable options? I already have a top of the line entertainment system in 2 rooms of my house that could be easily adapted to have a bike setup in front of them, so I necessarily wouldn’t need the screen nor fans, but the programs and the bike mount and controller unit would be something you might think about splitting up. If there were a model out there say without the TV, fans, cameras but had the bike mount, controller and programs for half the cost, then it might be something I’d even be interested in. You could also allow the customer to use their own cameras, maybe they have less expensive ones to use with the system. You might be able to target more customers if you make the system more flexible with options to add pieces. Love the system though it’s cool. Just food for thought.

Posted by Hector - 08/11/2012 07:08 AM

Jeremiah
You can get the realaxiom trainer, thats what you are asking for.

Cool arrangement Mr Krumrich

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