Zwift Spin Bike Low Cost Set Up

How to set up a spin bike with a speed and cadence sensor to ride on Zwift.

NOTE: using a speed and cadence sensor on a spin bike is not the best method for Zwift, it is not accurate, it is just a low cost option.
The best method for a spin bike set up is to use Power Meter pedals.
FAVERO Assioma Power Meter Pedals
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Sunny Health Spin Bike
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FAVERO Assioma UNO Side Pedal Based Power Meter
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MOOFIT Speed & Cadence Sensor
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34 Comments

  1. lim vk on March 14, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing.. I’m using wahoo speed and cadence sensor.. But the top limit only 400. Any good idea to improve the speed race on zwift. Thanks

  2. CiccioM on March 14, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Hello, thanks for the helpful video. Just a question, next week I’ll get a spin bike, when I pair a speed sensor should I leave default tire size?

  3. sburke757 on March 14, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    really good information here I bought my joroto and I got it at a really good price I also did a review on it https://youtu.be/WuBvt3rWw78
    will definitely have to check out some of these apps you mentioned

  4. AfxTwn on March 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    It would be interesting to see how this setup would work with the new HR2VP app which uses a hart rate sensor to measure your power output for Zwift. Maybe a combination of all three (speed and cadence sensors with a HRM and HR2VP) would achieve more accurate results.

  5. Michael Scott Ledoux on March 15, 2021 at 12:01 am

    I really like the way you take your time to explain things. I am 500 miles in today and I used your advice to set up my Spinner NXT. I have had the Spinner for years and had their version of a cycle computer without heart rate. I bought Wahoo speed and cadence sensors. I am having problems with my apple watch pairing too… I actually use the app on apple and do indoor cycle in conjunction with running my Zwift app and it seems to properly log. I am going to try to connect with you on Zwift… Great videos sir!

  6. Alba Adventures on March 15, 2021 at 12:02 am

    The wheel size is not 700c though so your speed and calculated power is going to be off.

  7. Özgür on March 15, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Hi , as we know the spin bike is not smart so how do you increase the resistance when you come to a hill in zwift.

  8. Jamie Hines on March 15, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Got a question I got a spin bike from ProForm with a magnetic wheel how would I make that work

  9. Mariano Pedraza on March 15, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Thanks. Can I sincronice with Garmin too?

  10. Joe Santos on March 15, 2021 at 12:10 am

    thank you

  11. Scott DeLeeuw on March 15, 2021 at 12:12 am

    A question though, and this is not to poo poo on your video, but a spin bike is fixed gear right? So Zwift’s guessed "power" is going to be dependant solely on how fast you are pedalling? You could take resistance completely off, spin to 110rpm and it will show you that you are at 400W when in reality it’s 30W? The speed and cadence wasn’t meant for a spin bike.

  12. Aaron Major on March 15, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Thanks for this, new to spin bikes and was looking for a simple way to join zwift without spending loads!

  13. peter taylor on March 15, 2021 at 12:15 am

    I setup my 20 y/o Spinner bike in a similar fashion last winter and i have used it fairly flawlessly and recommend it for anyone with basic requirements. You mentioned the watts were off. I noticed I was getting dropped by every one so I played around with the setup. I think you lose something if you don’t choose a preset config. Instead of using not listed for your speed sensor I chose a setup for a Nashbar legacy fluid trainer I was familiar with that I know has manual resistance. Works great, I can keep up now though the serious Zwifters still blow past.

  14. Tty Tty on March 15, 2021 at 12:16 am

    The sad part of selecting unlisted roller or trainer…. is the watts limit is 400 maximum no matter how hard you pedal…. I’ll use power pedal if I have money , plus it give more accurate watts or select any classic trainer so there is no limit on the watts

  15. Marisol Solis on March 15, 2021 at 12:20 am

    For a hr you recomend a smartwatch?

  16. BOOBA on March 15, 2021 at 12:21 am

    thank you for the video I found it really helpful .

  17. Al Almario on March 15, 2021 at 12:22 am

    What model is this spin bike?

  18. Laura Anca on March 15, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Thanks for the video, very helpful! What’s the Bluetooth dongle you recommend?

  19. Alfonso Lizarazo on March 15, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience. My tacx smart trainer just broke down, I am considering a set up like this.

  20. marco lopez on March 15, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Is there a spin bike where you don’t have to lean forward like bikers do? Can I adjust handles so I can seat in a more upright position when biking? I have 2 buldging disk in my back so I would like to be able to adjust seat and hundles where I can keep back straight and with good posture while spinning.
    Looks uncomfortable to use bike leaning forward with head almost touching handles like I have seen people do and also arching back while placing hands on handles??
    also does bottom gets very sore and painfully after spinning workout, specially doing it every day or every other day for 30-40 min??
    I been trying to decide between this and echo rogue airdyne bike to use at home for hitt and maybe long biking workouts…
    Bike looks pretty cool and I know it will give me a good workout, however I don’t know if Iam gonna a like just seating there pedaling for 30- 40 min..
    I lift 3x a week and every other day 2x a week I do 30 min hitt workouts..
    Battle rope, kettle bell, punching bag, ply box, airdyne etc, etc…
    I always do 40sec on 20 off with a variety of exercises for 30-35 min..
    Don’t know if the spinn bike will fit in my workouts or if I really need it? Maybe if I don’t feel like doing hitt I can jump on the spin bike and do a peloton workout or something like that.
    Do you think spin bike is for people that don’t like doing hit workouts or people that don’t have any other equipment or maybe they just like biking?? Sorry for all the questions..just trying to decide between spinn bike and airdyne bike..
    Thank u

  21. thin10lizzy on March 15, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Recently set up my spin bike with zwift with wahoo cadence sensor and speed sensor. I am no expert on power and wattage etc but my wattage seemed way too high. After a sprint the watts seem to be stuck on 400w even when I’m hardly turning the pedals with no resistance. Any advice would be great. Thanks

  22. Shelby on March 15, 2021 at 12:27 am

    This method will not work unless the gear ratio of your spin bike is close to that of your road bike. In other words the "cadence to speed ratio" of your spin bike is close to the "cadence to speed ratio" of a road bike (when using the same cadence and same power output). Note, the cadence sensor only records each time the crank makes a full rotation. The speed sensor only records each time the wheel makes a full rotation.

    On my road bike the 27" diameter rear wheel makes 1/2 rotation (for a distance of 43") for each pedal stroke. This equates to 30 kph at about 120 watts.

    On my spin bike the 16" wheel makes 8.5 rotations (for a distance of 427") for each pedal stroke. On my spin bike the speed goes off the chart before I get to 40 watts.

  23. Mxk Mxk on March 15, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Does your bike have belt or chain? Does it matter for zwift and power metering?

  24. jappygamer on March 15, 2021 at 12:27 am

    thaks mate, best vid about low cost equipment, very appretiated!
    Cheers and have a nice year!

  25. Leonel F. Torres on March 15, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Hi. nice video.. What tire size you used?

  26. Hans 68 on March 15, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Thanks a lot for this video 👍

  27. Jinguel Bel on March 15, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Hi, Powerkarma. Te quería preguntar lo siguiente: según puedo ver tienes los pedales Favero y un sensor de cadencia en biela.
    Hace falta poner el sensor de cadencia si ya tienes éstos pedales de potencia?
    Tengo una bicicleta ciclo indoor TS2, con conectividad bluetooth y la verdad que no la puedo utilizar a nivel manual como me gustaría.
    Merecen la pena comprar esos pedales y asi trabajar como te he explicado?
    Muchas gracias y muy buen video!!

  28. Chris Jones on March 15, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Great video mate.
    The bike I have has casing on the wheel so it’s tricky to get the sensor too close to the middle. I realize it’s best to be as close as possible, will it really make a difference?

  29. Cikgu Joe Sekolah Asli on March 15, 2021 at 12:33 am

    I have a problem … I have installed the speed sensor, when I do the fastest cycling, I can only get 2-15 mph

  30. Daniel Sayers on March 15, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Any chance you compared the data between your power pedals and the new speed and cadence units you added?

  31. Matt on March 15, 2021 at 12:34 am

    what about the tyre size ? thanks

  32. Almir Beslija on March 15, 2021 at 12:39 am

    i Googled powertap p2 meter pedals and bro wtf they are 800 dollars, thats more then my bike

  33. Philippe Dassonval on March 15, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Hello…Question for you. I have this Spin Bike Bike Cycle GX …. I don’t have any space the put the speed sensor on the wheel ..Any solution ???? So I could use the App Zwift please.

  34. Gerard regan on March 15, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Great video , especially for us beginners. Thanks man .

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