I’ve been experimenting with equipment connectivity due to nagging problems.
The first issue was the HR monitor dropping out after a few minutes on RGT. It works fine on Systm. I’m using a Wahoo Tickr hrm and a Kickr with bluetooth. The trainer didn’t seem to have any problems. If I go back to the sensors page during the workout, disable then re-enable the HRM, it comes back in for a few minutes then dies again. Putting in a new battery didn’t help.
I went through the step of finding every other bluetooth master-capable device in the house and shut them off. It still happens. Then I tried using my Garmin Pro HRM. It works a lot better, but still tends to drop the monitor.
To reiterate, Systm is working fine, no issues. Also please note, I have Systm off when using RGP (validated through Task Manager). The Wahoo support desk suggested I uninstall Systm just to see if that helps. It didn’t.
Then I bought an ANT+ dongle and installed that. This seems to have fixed the HRM dropout issue using the Tickr, but now there is a massive delay in response to the Kickr on RGT. Again, Systm seems to work fine. Quite literally, there is a ~30 second delay between when I start pedaling and there is a response to cadence and power on the PC.
With ANT+ enabled in the sensor screen, I’m getting an ANT+ listing for the HRM and two ANT+ listings for the trainer.
The two ANT+ listings for the trainer are slightly different. One is called “power meter” and has only a power and cadence ‘switch’ to enable. The other is called “fitness equipment” and has power, cadence, and control ‘switches’.
I experimented by turning on just the control switch on the ‘fitness equipment’ and power and cadence on the ‘power meter’. This gave me the same result - severe delays in trainer response.
I then turned BLE back on and also got listings for the HRM and trainer. I enabled the trainer in the BLE listing, and every thing seem to work fine.
- everything works fine with Systm: Different HRMs, Kickr, ANT or Bluetooth
- Using RGP and Bluetooth - Kickr works fine but HRMs drop out (and yes, fresh batteries)
- Using RGP and ANT+ - HRMs work fine but Kickr suffers massive response delays.
Seems a bit silly I should have to use ANT for the HRM but bluetooth for the Kickr?