My Spin Bike isn't supported

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You have a spin bike but it isn't on our compatibility list?  You're trying to figure out how to attach speed sensors or other gadgets to make it work with the app?  This is the article with all the answers!

What are my options?

You have two options with an unsupported spin bike.  If it has standard bike pedals, you can use a pedal-based power meter and get real watts.  This will turn your spin bike into a connected trainer.  Power meters aren't cheap though, so this isn't always a viable option depending on your budget.  

The second option is to use RPE, plus other connected sensors.  This is the most affordable option and will give you very effective training.  More on how to do this below.

 

What about Virtual Watts?   

Unfortunately, this is not an option.  Virtual Watts are calculated using data from a connected speed sensor AND a known power curve for a trainer.  There are no power curves on spin bikes.  The resistance is constantly changed as you adjust the tension knob on the bike.  It's not at all like shifting gears on a bike.  So put down the duct tape, stop measuring wheel sizes- Virtual Watts is not an option.

 

Spin Bike RPE Setup

You'll need the following:

  • spin bike
  • compatible device to run the app on
  • cadence sensor (optional)
  • heart rate monitor (optional)

The following article will explain how to set up your app for use with RPE and limited device connections:

Perceived Exertion: The RPE scale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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