Wahoo Fitness KICKR: The iPhone-powered bike trainer
Bike fans looking to step up their training with the help of their iPad or iPhone will soon be able to turn to a new bit of kit from Wahoo called the Wahoo KICKR when it launches in the UK in the coming weeks.
Available via the Apple store, the £999 accessory does require you to take the back wheel off your bike and connect to the Wahoo KICKR for accurate power measurement and iPhone-controlled resistance, via a number of open third-party apps.
The idea, as we found out when we had a go with the new accessory, is that you can connect the KICKR via Bluetooth to an app like Kinomap and then cycle real routes with the accessory and the app talking to each other to recreate the experience - in our case cycling a quick hill in downtown San Francisco.
As we found, the app recreates the experience as best it can, allowing you to enjoy the hills and gradients of the course you've found.
Those looking for a more standard training programme will be able to opt for the accessory's own app that allows you plenty of control over the device and your training.
According to Wahoo, that means 10 resistance levels withprogressive resistance curve support so the faster you pedal the harder it gets; Erg mode that lets you set a target wattage; andSim mode whereby you can enter your weight, bike type, riding position, headwind, and grade and it will accurately model the power curve just as if you were riding outdoors. You can also manuallyadjust resistance of the brake from 0 to 100 per cent.
The new device from Wahoo works with any iPhone with Bluetooth 4.0, so the iPhone 4S, 5, iPad 3 and newer, iPod 5G and newer, and iPad mini. .
Older iPhones/iPads can collect data with the use of an ANT+ adapter for iPhone.
Of course you could just grab the bike and head outside, but where's the fun in that?