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How to Pair Your Devices

Here are the steps to make sure you can pair your devices to TrainerRoad:

  1. Open the TrainerRoad app
  2. Navigate to the "Devices" tab
  3. Pedal for a few moments to wake up your devices.
  4. Make sure that either Bluetooth or ANT+ is "On" 
  5. Once your device is visible and ready to pair, it will appear in the device list.
  6. 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.)

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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

  • Ensure the trainer is plugged in and "awake"
  • Select the corresponding device tile on the "Devices" screen
  • 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 a smart trainer is ERG mode (electronic resistance control) where TrainerRoad controls the resistance of your trainer to make sure you're hitting the power targets.
  • Make sure to use the TrainerRoad recommended gearing (smallest cog in the front chainring and a middle cog in the cassette)
  • Focus on maintaining as consistent of a cadence as possible to ensure you have the best experience.

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)

  • Ensure the trainer is plugged in and "awake"
  • Make sure the power meter has batteries installed, and the device is awake
  • Select the corresponding device tiles on the "Devices" screen
  • 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 a smart trainer is ERG mode (electronic resistance control) where TrainerRoad controls the resistance of your trainer to make sure you're hitting the power targets.
  • 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 Non-Smart Trainer + Speed Sensor (VirtualPower)

  • With non-smart trainers and a speed sensor, you'll need to 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 device tile in the "Devices" screen.
  • 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 Non-Smart Trainer + Power Meter

  • Make sure the power meter has batteries installed
  • Wake the device by spinning the cranks.
  • Select the corresponding device tiles in the "Devices" screen.

Adjusting Device Settings

From the Device Settings, you can adjust your devices' names, access mode settings, and perform calibrations.

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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