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How to Pair Your Devices

To pair a device, open the TrainerRoad app and navigate to the "Devices" section. Ensure your device is powered on and "awake" and that you see either Bluetooth or ANT+ as "On".

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Once your device is visible and ready to pair, it will appear in the device list. Click on the device and wait until it is highlighted green. (A green line will blink above the device tile while pairing and will become a solid green border once the device is paired.)

Jump to the following sections below for quick tips on pairing your specific setup:

How to Pair Devices on Desktop (Mac and Windows)

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How to Pair Devices on Mobile (iOS and Android)

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Pairing a Smart Trainer

To pair your smart trainer, ensure the trainer is plugged in and "awake". Select the corresponding tile on the "Devices" screen to pair your trainer.

Once your trainer is paired, a "Best Practices" screen will appear. Take note of the information shown on this screen (calibration details, firmware information, and general best practices with ERG mode). After initially pairing your trainer, the device will automatically pair to TrainerRoad without displaying the "Best Practices" screen (but it can still be accessed in the future by selecting the trainer tile — see below for more information on accessing Device Details).

The default setting for your smart trainer is ERG mode — otherwise known as electronic resistance control — where TrainerRoad controls the resistance of your trainer to make sure you're hitting the power targets of the workout. Select the recommended gearing (small front chainring and third to largest cog in the cassette) and focus on maintaining a consistent cadence (85-95 RPM) during training.

Note: if you have Bluetooth and ANT+ enabled and see two tiles corresponding to your trainer, pair to the Bluetooth version only.

Pairing a Smart Trainer + Power Meter (PowerMatch)

To pair your smart trainer, ensure the trainer is plugged in and "awake". Make sure the power meter has batteries installed, and wake the device by spinning the cranks. Select the corresponding tiles on the "Devices" screen to pair the smart trainer and the power meter.

Once your trainer is paired, a "Best Practices" screen will appear. Take note of the information shown on this screen (calibration details, firmware information, and general best practices with ERG mode).

Similarly, once the power meter is paired, a "Best Practices" screen will appear. Take note of the information shown on this screen (calibration details, firmware information, and tips on pedaling technique).

After initially pairing your trainer, the devices will automatically pair to TrainerRoad without displaying the "Best Practices" screens (but they can still be accessed in the future by selecting the corresponding tile — see below for more information on accessing Device Details).

The default setting for your smart trainer is ERG mode — otherwise known as electronic resistance control — where TrainerRoad controls the resistance of your trainer to make sure you're hitting the power targets of the workout. There is an additional default setting when training with a smart trainer and power meter: PowerMatch. PowerMatch uses the readings from the power meter to control the resistance of your smart trainer to account for any power difference between the trainer and the power meter.

Note: if you have Bluetooth and ANT+ enabled and see two tiles corresponding to your trainer, pair to the Bluetooth version only.

Pairing a Mechanical Trainer + Speed Sensor (VirtualPower)

With a mechanical trainer and a speed sensor, you'll use a feature known as VirtualPower. VirtualPower is a power calculation that’s based on your speed readings and the unique make and model of the trainer you’re using.

To pair your speed sensor, confirm the device has batteries installed and that it's properly placed on your bike. Wake the sensor by spinning the cranks, and select the corresponding tile that appears within the "Devices" screen of the app.

If your speed sensor uses a magnet to trigger a rotation, verify the magnet is positioned to pass by the sensor arm properly.

Pairing a Mechanical Trainer + Power Meter

To pair your power meter, make sure the power meter has batteries installed, and wake the device by spinning the cranks. Select the corresponding tiles on the "Devices" screen to pair the power meter.

Adjusting Device Settings

From the Device Settings, you can adjust your devices' name, access mode settings, and perform a calibration.

Note: Smart trainers are set to ERG Mode by default. If you have a power meter and a smart trainer, PowerMatch is enabled by default.

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