Below are the in Ride components that really make this whole operation tick.On the right is the Bluetooth Smart in Ride transmitter pod.Fear not, I’m going to walk through it all together here anyway. Think back to putting the round peg in the round hole as a kid, not the square peg. Then position it above the hole: Push it into the hole.
If you don’t hear this, consider putting your ear closer. See, on the first prototype I received there wasn’t actually the small magnet holder.
Rather, just a little plastic baggie with a magnet in it.
However, in doing so they’ve been able to craft a product that ‘just works’ since it only has to work on a small subset of units. I had re-boxed it up in the move to France, so here’s some re-unboxing photos: The Road Machine trainer comes in about two and half major pieces. The ‘half piece’ are the bolts that connects the two.
But how does it compare to the many software applications on the market that already estimate power for the trainer using known power curves and speed data? You’ll attach the three parts together, and it should end up looking roughly like the below.
And to the left is a small magnet and a magnet holder.
At the end of the day, the Bluetooth Smart in Ride is really just keeping track of speed and then doing some math to determine power based on a known power curve (and applying the calibration value based on a rolldown).
The strap is just the Wahoo Fitness Blue HR strap rebranded with a Kinetic logo on it.
This particular strap and the work Wahoo has spent on the firmware virtually eliminate common HR dropouts/spikes from what I’ve seen in testing.
The in Ride Bluetooth Smart accessory (tiny pod above) is the first Bluetooth Smart power meter to hit the market, just ahead of other Bluetooth Smart power meters.
Now, some might finagle with the terminology around ‘power meter’, but since it’s ultimately giving you a metric of power, I’m sticking with that term for now.
Or, top and bottom in this case: Additionally, you’ll find a small manual in it there.