If you've taken interest in smart trainers for bikes and the virtual reality rides that go with them, you may have found yourself carting a pile of electronics and gear to your trainer. You also might have become frustrated with the technology bugs and barriers.Here at BeginnerTriathlete, we'll begin sharing our ride setups, and how we start a smart trainer ride to avoid technology problems and mechanical issues. Even if your gear is slightly different, you're likely to learn something from each member's setup and checklist.
Bike: Felt DA, using an extra wheel that has a tire designed for use on a trainer. (This keeps my outdoor wheel from taking a beating, reduces flat tires on road rides, and saves time since changing out the wheel is a lot faster than changing the tire.)Trainer: KICKR SNAP. This is the wheel-on version of the KICKR smart trainer from Wahoo. If I didn't already have a spare wheel with a trainer tire, I might have spent the extra money for the more accurate KICKR Power Trainer.Heart Rate, Cadence, Watch: Garmin. Garmin uses ANT+ technology to transmit data, which becomes important in the setup.Devices: Apple iPhone and MacBook Pro. I use the iPhone to do the spindown calibration test on the Wahoo app, and after that I really only use it to listen to music. I could use the Zwift app to talk to others and choose my turns, but I find I rarely use those functions.
These are the items I gather before I head to the basement:
Owner at Beginner Triathlete, web marketing consultant at SiteInSight, writer, entrepreneur, advocate for unstructured nature play for kids.