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Stop losing fitness during the Winter! With the advent of direct drive smart trainers, a world of possibilities has opened up, for taking your fitness to the next level during the off-season (or all year-round, like I do). I have used both of these trainers (currently using the Tacx Neo 2) in conjunction with TrainerRoad and Zwift to keep riding through the Winter and actually improve for the season ahead. The only reason why I upgraded to the Tacx Neo 2 was because, I wanted the power accuracy of the trainer to substitute the power readings from my bike’s power meter, since we were going to use an adjustable bike on the trainer to share between my wife and I. I consider this piece of equipment crucial for an overall good day, as it helps to stave off stress and gives me the convenience of getting a workout at any time of the day.
I’m biased towards Breville espresso machines, as they are the more feature-rich machines available in the market at an “affordable” price, for coffee enthusiasts. Durability is an entirely different matter though, as the parts used are not as high quality as those used in high-end Italian machines. However, I’m still willing to recommend them, and you may ask why? Well, in my case, I just replaced my Breville Dual Boiler machine after 5 years of continuous use (making at least one drink a day, Monday-Friday) and even after purchasing the new machine, I still haven’t spent what I would’ve spent if I had bought an Italian machine with the same features. You don’t have to buy a brand new machine like I did though. Breville has a refurbishment program in place, where you send the machine back to them (at their cost) and they fix and replace worn parts and send it back to you for a total of CAD$ 450. The catch is that you need to keep the original box in order to ship it back, which I had thrown away after the first month, since we leave in a condo and don’t have the space to keep that stuff around