iPhone Powered Bike Trainer Lets You Ride Virtual Roads

Posted: September 1, 2012 in Entertainment, Geek Stuff

There are already a number of apps that sync wirelessly with fitness gadgets that track your speed and heart rate while you’re out running or biking. But what happens when you can’t get outside to train?

Wahoo Fitness has unveiled the KICKR Power Trainer, the first iPhone-connected bike trainer, designed to gives you a realistic road ride.

It connects to your iPhone using Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ technology, so while you’re pedaling, you can increase or decrease resistance, to simulate various bike course. That’s done by adjusting the resistance in the trainer’s flywheel with either Wahoo’s or third party apps. The resistance adjustments replicate rolling hill courses, climbing, coasting, whatever you’re in the mood for — think spin class on steroids.
Cyclists can even use the iPhone to structure rides or simulate real world courses with cycling apps likeTrainerRoad and Kinomap Trainer.

The KICKR Power Trainer was demoed this week at EUROBIKE 2012 and will be spinning into action in the U.S this November. No word yet on price.

Watch the video below to see the KICKR in action:

Photo courtesy of AMR Image, istockphoto.

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