Spin bike without ANT+ and/or Bluetooth

(Doug) #1

Hi all.

First time user here on Zwift, and first time cyclist so go easy on me please.

I’ve recently bought an introductory spin bike as a Christmas present for myself and wife. This is the bike:

I have however realised that this isn’t compatible with Zwift. I have contacted Zwift support who have advised that I could use Power Meter pedals (Powertap P1 pedals).

I’ll admit the cost (£400+) of these pedals is quite extreme for a beginner cyclist / spinner. Being cheap, I wondered if there is an alternative way to access Zwift in its most basic form ie. I’m not really looking to use Zwift to enter races etc. Not yet at least. I’m more looking to use Zwift to take away the monotony of indoor cycling and if we really get into it we’ll look to upgrade.

There are videos on YouTube suggesting I could get a speed / cadence sensor (£10-£60) that will transfer data to Zwift (and Strava). Here’s an example:

I wondered if this would suffice and if there’s anything additional required?

We both have Fitbits (Charge 2 & 3) but not sure what role these would play. I mention as I know they syncs with Strava.

Any advice would be grately appreciated.

(Paul Allen (Watopia Wayfinder)) #2

I don’t think the speed and cadence sensor will mount on that bike,

The suggestion for a pedal based power meter is probably the best option.
Another option if it fits is the 4iiii crank arm based power meter for indoor bikes: https://4iiii-innovations.myshopify.com/collections/power-meters/products/precision-powermeter?variant=35479279308

The cheapest and easiest would be this: https://www.powertap.com/product/powertap-powercal

(Doug) #3

Thanks Paul. The 4iii is a little out of my price range unfortunately.

If I could get a speed/cadence sensor to mount, would that be sufficient to get started with Zwift?

(Paul Allen (Watopia Wayfinder)) #4

That’s a big if, but that is all you would need.

(Gerrie Delport TeamODZ) #5

You can get a bit creative to mount that speed sensor, I did something like that so my wife can see how far she ride every day. It is not even close to being accurate, because you can spin easy with no resistance or you can crank up the resistance and do a real workout and your speed sensor won’t know the difference.

The cheapest setup is to use your current bike with a fluid trainer and speed sensor.

(Kelly Stilson) #6

I’m using the wahoo speed and cadence sensors. Easy to set up. Not sure where the speed sensor would mount on that type of bike, but the cadence sensors can be put on your shoe. They sync using bluetooth. Someone in the reviews used it on a spin bike with zwift.
Wahoo RPM Cycling Speed and Cadence Sensor, Bluetooth / ANT+ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E0YRQIA/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_vR1mCbTMW1PXW

(Richard) #7