Smart Train­ers: In­side Look

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Mike Sar­necki

The in­tro­duc­tion of the ANT+ and Blue­tooth LE open-source com­mu­ni­ca­tion plat­forms has opened the door for the next step in the evo­lu­tion of train­ers – the emer­gence of “smart” train­ers. The def­i­ni­tion of a “smart” trainer varies, but in gen­eral terms, a “smart” trainer is an in­door trainer that pro­vides two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tions via ANT+, Blue­tooth or both, with built-in elec­tron­ics to con­trol re­sis­tance while mea­sur­ing power out­put and speed. Some re­al­is­tic re­sis­tance units also are ca­pa­ble of ERG mode, which al­lows train­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to con­trol the load on the trainer at a tar­get power, re­gard­less of the rider’s ca­dence. Smart train­ers work so well that many users, whether for con­ve­nience or safety, are choos­ing to the in­door-rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence year-round, even on sunny blue­bird days. Pedal Magazine tested a few op­tions to meet your smart-train­ing needs, and here’s what we found.

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