AJS914 wrote:I looked at the RoadMachine with the inRide module last year but I took it off my list because it was bluetooth only.
I wanted all my data, even stationary rides, to go into Strava. Plus, I have a duplicate of everything in Garmin Connect so ideally I wanted my trainer sessions to record on my Garmin 510 so I needed an Ant+ trainer.
The way I do it is as follows:
Garmin 510 records power/cadence/speed/distance from the Tacx trainer (Ant+) just as if I'm riding outside.
I control the trainer with my iPhone (connected by bluetooth).
Just like when I ride outside, rides are automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect which syncs with Strava. I also turn GPS off on the 510 so the ride gets correctly recorded as a trainer/indoor ride.
Per DCRainmaker's recommendations, I wanted a trainer that supported ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth so that my trainer would work with any device or software going forward.
I want the same.. And u dont need smart ANT + trainer to be able to have ur rides on strava and garmin connect.
Just use the same way and same sensors as u do in outdoor riding (u mentioned that u have Garmin 510). Save ur ride, and upload to strava.
I wanted to use the Zwift or some other softwares, and first i thought that Smart Trainer would be essential for that.
But i found out that ZWIFT (i used that so i know), and probably other programs doing the same, use virtual power for different type of trainers including Road Machine.
Inride module will be a bit more detailed then Virtual power, and nothing essential, but since is only 25-30 eur more expensive then Non InRide version, i'll purchase Inride.
To be able to connect to Zwift using my Garming sensors (HR, SPEED, Cadence) i bought ANT+ stick for the computer and have my speed, cadence, hr and virtual power in Zwift. It will be much better if i have power meter to have more detailed info on power, but for now i'll do it like this.
U need smart trainer only if u want simulation of slopes and ERG mode.
I must admit that i believe it that is essential against beeing bored, but as much i read it and tried to realize what i really need and what is marketing, at the end (with help from the guys in this thread), i decided to go dumb trainer with highest mechanical quality, and better to spend money in power meter then in smart trainer (with a lot of potential reliability problems).
I allready have dumb old ELITE Trainer and i ride that way using my Garmin Senors and uploading everything to Garming Connect + Strava.
Im purchasing new Road Machine because of few reasons:
- Elite Trainer is not compatible with my Colnago C60
- I tried a little bit Road Machine and feel much smoother then Elite i have.
- I need trainer not just for training, but sometimes to adjust my position, or to work something on the bike, and im too lazy to get the wheel off to put it on the stand, or i need to work on bike beeing level (i have Feedback sport stand).
And also DC Rainmaker sometimes is lost in all details, but not a word about essential things and their primary function. Check the Assioma Favero review, there is almost no Info At all how they work in their Primary Function, Pedals.. Because u can have the best PowerMeter metrics, but if there is compromise in their first primary function then the point is missed.
Also check Wahoo Kickr Snap review.. Then google for how many peoples have issues and problems. This kind of reviews are amazing, and i like to read them a lot. But in many cases are sometimes payed by manufacturers.. That why i prefer to read them, but to get details on forums like this, where people actually share their experience and enthusiasm.