Kind of a question and a bit of a vent here. First of all, I do love being able to Zwift and don’t want to complain too much. The value of being able to ride indoors and keep training even though I can’t go to the gym now is great for me. All had been well until the update at the end of October when my HRM stopped being able to cooperate and send a signal through the companion app, which I need to get everything hooked to the AppleTV.
After a few months of just pairing my HRM to my Edge 520 so I can see my heart rate, I would love to have the ability to record my heart rate on Zwift for upload to Strava, so I can take advantage of the new information available there since my husband gave me a full subscription to that for Christmas. I can also surprisingly foresee possibly wanting to try racing someday
So I did some more research and decided to get the 4iiii Viiiiva HRM that would bridge with my cadence to the Apple TV. After some initial pairing difficulty, I got it working. Unfortunately when I went to actually ride, the cadence shows up, but will not go over 61 rpm - no matter how fast I pedal. I’ve been in touch with 4iiii and have done all of the troubleshooting. I was even going to see whether it would give an accurate readout if I used my laptop instead, but after spending this whole morning on that, I can’t even get past the part where the little squirrel shakes his stick at me and says that my bluetooth is not on (it is).
I would dearly love to recommend Zwift to a friend of mine. She and I used to go to the gym regularly together and I would love to have the chance to meet up safely and work out and chat together. She would have to buy the whole setup though, including a compatible bicycle. And I would feel terrible recommending the rather sizeable investment since it appears that there is no way to guarantee that it will actually work. Am I seeing this too pessimistically right now? Have you recommended Zwift to friends and had it work out well? My friend has two bicycles of the style known in Germany at least as City Bikes. Lights, luggage rack, fenders etc - not really designed for athletic cycling. Where would I start if I wanted to recommend Zwift and indoor training?