If you want to outfit your Torture Chamber with a dedicated spin bicycle you won't be starved for choices. However, not all models are compatible with third-party training apps like The Sufferfest Training Centre. The Minions at Sufferlandrian Services are constantly at work, researching indoor bicycle options daily to see what is and is not compatible. If you have questions about whether your particular spin bike will be able to utilize all the functionality of The Sufferfest Training Centre, send us an email at TheMinions@TheSufferfest.com and we will get to work adding it to this list.
SufferHacks! Getting the Most Out of Your Older / Non-smart Spin Bike
Even if your spin bike is a rudimentary, garage sale special there are still ways to take make use of some of the advanced features of The Sufferfest Training Centre.
- Connect your ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor to The Sufferfest Training Centre. This will allow you to utilize the heart rate zone feature to measure your efforts...assuming the monitor can handle the full force and fury of your Sufferlandrian ticker. Go to Compatible Sensors to see what heart rate sensors are compatible with The Sufferfest Training Centre. For instructions on connecting your heart rate monitor see Connecting ANT+ Devices.
- Mount an older speed/cadence sensor to your spin bike. Sufferlandrians are a resourceful bunch, and many have taped or glued speed and cadence sensors to older spin bikes. It might not be pretty, but it works.
- Buy the TICKRX from Wahoo. The TICKRX is one of the most full-featured heart rate monitors available. In addition to transmitting (and storing) heart rate data, it can also report cadence information. It's a heart rate monitor! It's a cadence sensor! It's a dessert topping and a floor wax!
- Mount a pedal-based power system on your spin bike. Nearly all spin bikes are compatible with standard 9/16" x 24TPI bicycle pedals. This gives you the option to install a pedal-based power meter like the PowerTap P1 pedals, or the Garmin Vector system. Voila! You have yourself a smart trainer.
Stages is well-known for their crank-based power meters. They also make high-quality indoor cycling bicycles at at a variety of price points and feature sets.
The SC1 is Stage's entry level indoor cycling model. It does not come standard with a power meter. You will need to upgrade to the power meter option in order to use the SC1 with The Sufferfest Training Centre (or use one of our SufferHacks above).
The Stages SC2 is a more full-featured version of the SC1. However, Just like the SC1 the SC2 lacks an integrated power meter. You will need to upgrade to a Stages crank-based power meter to transmit power data to The Sufferfest Training Centre.
The Stages SC3 bike is the Maserati of Stages indoor cycling lineup. It comes standard with a crank-based power meter and a head unit to display cycling data. This bicycle will work directly with The Sufferfest Training Centre, no upgrades required.
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BH Fitness Dual i.Spada WH930U
We are unsure if the BH Fitness cycles will work with The Sufferfest Training Centre. We do offer a 7 day free trial to The Sufferfest App. If there are any Sufferlandrians who own a BH dual, and would like to help us test and see if it works, please email TheMinions@TheSufferfest.com .
CycleOps Indoor Cycles
We are unsure at this time if the CycleOps 300/400/500 series cycles will work with The Sufferfest Training Centre. Any models from 2012 or earlier will not work.
It may be possible to pair the CycleOps 400's power readings to The Sufferfest Training Centre. However, we will not be able to control resistance. You will have to manual adjust the resistance to meet the targets.
The Cycleops Phantom 500 will display power with The Sufferfest Training Centre. However, we cannot control the power on this bike unless CycleOps adds FE-C trainer control software. Their communications software is built specifically for the CycleOps Virtual Training App. We may have the opportunity to support these cycles down the road, but we need to build the specific CycleOps protocol for this cycle.
Schwinn AC Performance Cycles
At this time, Schwinn does not transmit power data. Their console is only a receiving station and their bicycles will not work with The Sufferfest App until the transmit their data via an open ANT+ or Bluetooth channel.
Keiser Indoor Spin Cycles
The older Keiser bicycles do not transmit any data, so you cannot connect directly to The Sufferfest Training Centre. The new m3i does transmit data over bluetooth. There is a standard bluetooth protocol for power meters, but the m3i is not using that standard. That is because the standard bluetooth power meter protocol does not allow them to add all of the additional information that their bike computer produces, or integrate with additional equipment. We can load the specific bluetooth protocol for The Sufferfest Training Centre. However, we will not be addressing that until 2017 unless customer demand dictates otherwise. Kaiser could set up a second transmission signal over ANT+ that would make it much easier for current and future training applications to utilize.
Kettler Racer 7
We have a request in to Kettler to see how and if they transmit data from their head units. If you are a Kettler owner, and want to know if The Sufferfest Supports your indoor cycle. Please help us and email http://www.kettlerusa.com/contact-us and see if any of their indoor cycles or your indoor cycle has FE-C installed. If the cycle has FE-C installed, we can figure out how to connect it to The Sufferfest Training Centre.