In the spirit of a picture is worth a 1000 words this is a picture heavy post!
First here is a list of the required bits and pieces;
|Must haves;||Nice to haves;|
Ant+ stick, I use the stick that came with my Garmin 910xt
Ant+ Cadence/Speed Monitor, I use a Garmin GSC10
PC / laptop and peripherals
Ant+Head unit, I use a Garmin Edge 500
TV / VGA Splitter & Speakers
Flags / decorations
As you can see in this picture our set up is for dueling trainers. This is slightly unusual as it is only recording/displaying my data. To overcome this Becca moves her laptop into the garage and users her TrainerRoad installation for the workout which watching the larger screen in front of her for entertainment.
As a by product or merging families our house has a glut of TVs so we decided to use them in the garage. Tip1; to split the screen across the two TVs I use a $6.00 VGA Splitter, this simply sends the image to the two screens, this is not the same as a dual monitor where you can have different things on different screens, I could do that with the laptop screen open but I keep the lid closed to keep it relatively dust free, it is a garage after all. I have a $5.00 USB keyboard plugged in and an old wireless mouse.
Tip 2; to pick up the signal from the Cadence Monitor I used to plug the Ant+ stick into the side of the PC but after lots of dropped signals I now use a USB extension cable to get it closer to the bike. To avoid stepping on it and breaking it I tuck it into the wheel block at the front, sometimes the simple solutions are the best!
That completes the set up of the “must have” hardware. For the “nice to have” I have an old set of PC speakers, (I think they over 10 years old!), which I simply plug into the pc. I also have an 2.5mm “piggy tail” extension cable for when the house is asleep and I use headphones instead of the speaker, this avoids waking the house up and also the exquisite pain of yanking he earbuds out when I sit up!
There are a couple of fans placed at the front, while they don’t add any resistance they do cool you down so I can avoid the massive pool of sweat under the bike!
Finally and just for some decoration/motivation purposes and to improve the view of looking at a blank wall there are some flags hanging up, obviously the Sufferlandrian National Flag as well as the California State flag. To add a bit of European color there is Vlaamse Leeuw ("Flemish Lion") and a Luxembourg Roude Léiw (“Red Lion”), why these two you ask, well here’s a couple of reasons…enough said I think!
Next I’ll look at the software and the installation and set up of that!