Hello everyone. I am trying to setup and use Zwift on an older road bike and Cycleops fan trainer. I know the general consensus is to purchase a smart trainer but I am looking for a solution before this is possible.
I have the Garmin speed, cadence, and heart rate sensors which connect to my Fenix 5 simultaneous to my PC desktop where I have Bluetooth and ANT+ connection (both have had the same results which is where that is relevant).
When I pair the equipment everything goes smoothly. The speed sensor even shows a reading in the paired screen which is consistent (close enough without the Zwift map variables) with my Garmin watch, we’ll say between 15-20mph. I then enter the game and either just ride the course or try a workout. I often make it 5-10 minutes before the speed completely drops from a reasonable cycling speed down to 3-5mph, pedaling faster does absolutely nothing and eventually I come to a near standstill. This occurs while I am pedaling at the same pace so I know it is not a change in what I am doing.
I have tried this on Bluetooth, ANT+, and even moved the sensors closer together thinking it is a connection issue. While this problem occurs and while I am still riding I will go back into the pair screen, where it continues to display a more accurate reading of my speed and is consistent with my Garmin watch. I know I have a very dumb trainer setup but I cannot figure out why it would display appropriately in the pair screen AND work from the start, then display a low setting as I continue my ride.
Any help would be appreciated!