The Kinetic inRide is our next-generation watt meter. The system uses the new Bluetooth Smart™ communication protocol found in the iPhone 4S and 5 and the iPad 3 and iPod Touch 5th generation to wirelessly pair a heart rate monitor and power sensor pod with the new Kinetic inRide iPhone App* to measure wattage with any Kinetic fluid trainer.
HOW IT WORKS
Our incredibly accurate fluid trainer power curve allows precise wattage readings at exact speeds as measured indoors on a Kinetic fluid trainer. Firmware in the inRide Sensor Pod measures speed and cadence at the tire and translates that to wattage with a simple equation. That data and the heart rate data is collected and displayed on the paired iPhone. Postworkout file sharing allows you to upload training data to your favorite web site or email files to a remote coach.
All current Kinetic fluid trainers including: the Road Machine, Rock And Roll and Pro Trainer are compatible with Kinetic inRide allowing the rider to capitalize on the benefits of a wattage-based training program.
*AVAILABLE FOR iPHONE 4S, 5, iPAD 3 iPad Mini and the New iPod Touch 5th generation (NOT AN iPAD-SPECIFIC APP)
For installation details and instructional video, click here.
NOTE: The iOS 7.1 update has caused problems with inRide, and Apple is not allowing fixes in the old code. As a result we are rewriting our app completely. Rather than working with a partner again we have hired our own developer this time. This will probably take a bit longer than if we had worked with our previous partner again, but we will have a more robust app that we can have complete control over. (so we don’t find out after the fact that an iOS update breaks our app) We are expecting to be beta testing the new app in a week or two.
Fortunately you can still use inRide with the Wahoo Fitness app and with Trainerroad. We had always intended to have inRide work with multiple apps, we didn’t want our app to be the only option. While the Wahoo app doesn’t have the spin-down calibration, it still gives good power numbers and has all of the other functions that inRide has. As long as you maintain tire pressure and use consistent roller tension you will get very consistent readings.
There are additional apps that are working on adding inRide compatibility, like Race My Ghost. Now that there is a standard Bluetooth LE protocol (there wasn’t when our app was written) it will be easier for people to write apps that inRide will work with. We expect to have the new app done in a month or so.