Hi everyone,

I get a lot of email asking about the Wahoo cadence and speed sensors that I mentioned in my earlier “Peloton on a Budget” blog post so I thought I would write a post dedicated to all things Wahoo.

When taking a Peloton class, knowing your cadence number is a must.  While riding, Peloton instructors shout out how fast you should be pedaling – this is what is known as your “cadence.”    The actual Peloton bike and other bikes like the Keiser M3i  display  your cadence.  For everyone out there using the Peloton App with a budget friendly bike (like me), you need to get a cadence sensor.  But with so many on the market, its difficult to know what to buy.

Peloton Wahoo CadenceAfter a ton of research, we bought a Wahoo cadence sensor and a Wahoo speed sensor.  We simply attached the cadence sensor to the left pedal of our wonderful Sunny bike,  the speed sensor to the front wheel and downloaded the free Wahoo Fitness app to our phones. The Wahoo sensors transmit your cadence and speed via Bluetooth to your phone and the Wahoo app displays your cadence, speed, heart rate calories, workout time, miles biked, etc.   It also keeps a record of your workouts.

A recent upgrade to the Peloton app allows riders to display their cadence and heart rate directly to the  tablet  instead of needing to use the Wahoo app. (I’ve included pictures below).  This is great but if you are streaming classes from the tablet to a TV like me the cadence and heart rate do not display on the TV.  So, long story short, the upgrade doesn’t change our set up -we continue to use the Wahoo app.  We bought a MaxMiles mobile phone holder and attached it to the bike’s handlebars for ease of visibility.

You may have noticed that I said cadence is essential.  I do not feel the same way about the speed sensor.   I would categorize it as a “nice to have” so that you can measure your distance and so that all the fields are showing in the Wahoo app (there is no “N/A” displayed under Speed).  So if you want to save a few bucks, you can buy just the Wahoo cadence sensor without the speed sensor for a little bit cheaper.

Here is what the Wahoo app and sensors look like:My Peloton Bike Alternative; A Great Money Saving Hack 21

And here is the MaxMiles mobile phone holderMy Peloton Bike Alternative; A Great Money Saving Hack 5Here is the Wahoo App in our MaxMiles phone holder attached to our Sunny bike.  So that you can get a feel for it, here is what it is showing: Cadence 57, Heart Rate 114, Speed 15.6 mph; Workout Time 48.01 and Workout Distance 16.62.

Wahoo app on iPhone holder-on spin bike

Metrics Displayed on Screen  

Now here is a picture of what the heart rate and cadence look like if you are mirroring from your device to take the classes.  This is awesome and I just wish that when you stream to the TV that it would also show on the TV.

Peloton mirrorWe also bought a Wahoo heart rate monitor.  This is needed to measure how many calories you are burning (and to monitor your heart rate, of course…).  It has worked just fine although a few months ago we had an issue with the monitor not activating until a few minutes into the workout.  Super annoying.  We reached out to Wahoo and they told us to spit on it.  Well, not exactly – here was their response:

“I’m sorry for the troubles. We see irregular data or erratic readings like this most often due to dry skin or wearing a dry-fit/tech t-shirt. These shirts can cause additional static electricity which results in odd readings. You can use an antistatic agent or what might be simpler would be to test this without one of these shirts on to see if you’re getting these odd readings.  

Also, you’ll want to make sure the strap is wet as this will help the connection and prevent odd readings. Saliva or an electrode gel typically work best, so please make sure you get the strap wet before putting it on.”

Here is a picture of the cadence sensor on the pedal of the bike (look closely).Wahoo Candence buy on AmazonHere is a picture of the speed sensor on the wheel.

Wahoo Speed & Cadence Sensor

Overall, we are very happy with all of the Wahoo devices – the cadence and speed sensors, the heart rate monitor and their app.  Easy to set up, easy to use.

Leave a comment or send me an email if you have any questions.

Happy Spinning!

Beth

P.S. I just bought this sound activated disco ball and its fantastic!

Peloton App with Wahoo

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Catherine
March 18, 2019 10:37 pm

Hi!
Thank you for all this great info !
I am debating if I should by a wahoo heart rate monitor AND cadence sensor separately or simply buy the TICKR X which is supposed to have both metrics but I cannot find any info on people using the TICKR X with the peloton app to display both metrics …
thank you in advance

Josh P
February 14, 2020 12:21 pm

Thanks for the great info! To clarify…you can pair multiple Wahoo sensors with a single iPhone or iPad? I thought you could only pair to a single Bluetooth sensor at a time.

Ike
April 24, 2019 5:40 am

Hi, Is the speed sensor needed to gain the distance readout? Ty

Ike
April 25, 2019 10:47 pm

Thanks i just bought all this arrives today hoping to add to my beachbody type workouts but mostly to lose weight without running as it kills my lower back thank you

vick
July 19, 2019 10:46 am

Silly question. the instructions with the speed sensor say to put it on the hub…but you put it out on the wheel. How did you make that work and calibrate it?

Danielle
July 22, 2019 9:53 am

Is there a way to change mph to rpm??

Julie
July 23, 2019 12:56 pm

Great info!!! So helpful. I’m thinking if you mirror play an Ipad or iphone thru AppleTV to your TV then it would show up. This may get me to pull the trigger on another Apple TV unit for our homegym TV

Vanessa
September 13, 2019 9:50 pm

I use the peloton app on my phone, from what I’m reading if I buy the wahoo cadence sensor I won’t be able to view both the cycle class and the wahoo app at the same time? Is this correct? I would have to stream peloton app to tv and then view speed and cadence on phone? Thank you!

Rob
September 18, 2019 5:49 am

Does it show the speed within the peloton app or is that just on Wahoo?

Rob
September 18, 2019 6:48 am

Does the peloton app show speed or is that just the wahoo app that does that?

Daniel
September 24, 2019 1:56 am

Thanks for the info on integrating the Wahoo Sensor to the Peloton App.

I have the most recent version of the Peloton app but I don’t see the cadence anywhere. I checked “Settings” to see if there was something I had to activate. When will cadence show up? During a ride?

Thanks!

Janki
November 8, 2019 3:11 pm

Thanks for sharing this information!

Rob
December 18, 2019 9:02 am

Hi Beth,

Thank you for the post! I have a similar setup but instead of streaming to to the TV I use the HDMI dongle. Both cadence and HR show up on the screen.

You could then use the Wahoo app for speed/distance.

Rob
December 19, 2019 3:26 am

Hi Beth,

Sounds great! The speed through then Wahoo app would need to be done separately on iphone/iPad whichever is not connected to TV through HDMI dongle.

Michelle
December 30, 2019 10:22 am

Great screenshots here for how to connect the cadence sensor to the peloton app – https://support.onepeloton.com/hc/en-us/articles/360026787151-Connecting-a-Cadence-Sensor-to-Peloton-Digital-for-iOS

TIM
January 30, 2020 8:17 am

Just FYI, you may have already figured this out already but while on your phone and in the video your watching, rather than clicking on the little apple icon to send to tv, turn the phone sideways and pull down your iphones menu for “screen mirroring”, then it will beam exactly whats on your phone to the tv rather then going to the different view of the app and you will see your speed and cadence.

Dale Sheller
February 4, 2020 1:11 pm

Great information on this blog! I am curious on how the wahoo speed sensor mounts to the spin bike fly wheel. Is it a strong magnet or did you all use an adhesive? Thanks!

lindaloo
February 15, 2020 4:51 am

Under the subtitle “Metrics Displayed on Screen” I see Cadence = 61 but where does heart rate display?

March 7, 2020 3:02 am

Hi Beth,
Sorry to be a little slow (AKA old) but … am I right in thinking that I should be able to use the Wahoo cadence and speed gadgets and see the info on my tablet using the wahoo app? If so, these can all be paired via Bluetooth?

March 7, 2020 5:11 am

Thanks for such a quick response and the comments. My plan is to use my road bike with a trainer to get the cadence – if that makes sense.

Cheers,
Richard

Sian
April 5, 2020 12:23 am

This may sound silly, but what do you measure to find the circumference of the front wheel where you placed your sensor?

Michelle Miranda
April 7, 2020 11:44 pm

Hi Beth, I am SO GRATEFUL to have found your blog post and just finished my first workout using the Pelaton app with my Wahoo cadence sensor (I opted for the Horizon ic7.9 bike so it can hold the phone or iPad….it’s nice I guess but seat is painful lol.) Anyway, I cant find the answer to my question anywhere and am hoping you know…..is it possible to climb the leaderboard with this setup? It just doesn’t show up at all for me but when I e used the Pelaton bikes before (while traveling) that was the best part! Any… Read more »

Andrew Smith
April 9, 2020 3:58 am

HI. If I only want the cadence and not fussed about the speed, can i just buy the cadence monitor? I dont HAVE to buy both, correct?

Costa
April 16, 2020 9:56 am

Hi Beth,

Great post!

Just to clarify, are you able to connect both Wahoo sensors (HRM and Cadence) to the Peloton app and the Wahoo app at the same time?

Thanks!

Costa
April 16, 2020 11:39 am

Thank you. That’s also been my experience over the past couple of weeks and was curious what you may be doing differently. Also, it may help your future readers if you included that clarification somewhere within the below: “Here is the Wahoo App in our MaxMiles phone holder attached to our Sunny bike. So that you can get a feel for it, here is what it is showing: Cadence 57, Heart Rate 114, Speed 15.6 mph; Workout Time 48.01 and Workout Distance 16.62. Now here is a picture of what the heart rate and cadence look like if you are… Read more »

Maria
June 5, 2020 11:14 pm

Hi! Dumb question – I have the Wahoo cadence & speed sensors & use the app on my phone. I have been able to connect the cadence sensor & it displays in the app, but am getting tripped up on finding the speed data (to figure out the distance). Is this not possible & should I use my phone and the ipad instead do you guys know? Thanks so much for all the help!

Nicole Soltis
April 22, 2020 12:31 am

Question- what’s the difference in Wahoo Blue Sc sensor that tracks speed and cadence versus the two sensors that you have? Do they do the same thing?

Willie Johnson
April 23, 2020 12:24 am

I am sorry to ask so many questions. Feel free to not include my reply in the visible comments. All is set up, I am using the PTON app thru Google Play on a TV. The cadence does not appear on the screen as described. There is no option for it. Do I have to do it on the phone app and then stream it to the TV? I dont like that idea. It defeats the purpose of the app on the TV. But I guess I will take what I can get.

Madhu
May 1, 2020 10:33 am

Hi! I am using a Sunny Health and Fitness bike SF-B1002 and am trying to find the most economical way to get all the metrics while using the Peloton app. I understand cadence is a must to measure how fast you are pedaling, speed is a nice to have to measure distance. Is a heart rate monitor essential if I want to know calories burnt? I am looking at the Wahoo Tickr x( $79.99 vs. $39.99 for cadence + $49.99 for HR) that can track cadence and heart rate, also looked at Wahoo Blue SC ($59.99 vs. $80 on a… Read more »

Madhu
May 11, 2020 10:14 am

Thank you for your response! I bought the cadence sensor and it shows in the Peloton app. However, when I cast it to my TV, the cadence doesn’t show. My TV doesn’t support mirroring so I can’t do that as of now. Do you happen to have any suggestions? Also, would HR from a fitness tracker such as Fitbit show in the app if I connect it via bluetooth? I figured I’d rather purchase a tracker vs. just a HR monitor if I am buying something new. Thanks in advance!

Madhumita Iyengar
May 12, 2020 4:30 am

Thanks, Beth! I think my display question is clear, but still wondering about the HR question – whether I can connect the Peloton app to a tracker such as Fitbit and display HR on the app directly. Thanks!

Paul
May 11, 2020 6:25 pm

Hi BethJane, just wondering if you have looked at any watt meter devices as an addition? Thanks

Storm
May 20, 2020 11:07 am

Wow this post is amazing, as I’ve just purchased a non pealoton bike and am planning on hacking my way to a summer bod. I’ve also purchased the Wahoo Cadence monitor.

My question is, can I use HR that’s built into my smartwatch instead of having to buy another HR monitor? I have a Nokia/Withings Steel HR which connects to it’s own Health Mate app, which syncs with Apple Health in my iPhone. I believe I can sync the Pelaton App with Apple Health, so I’m hoping my HR from my watch can somehow talk to Peloton?

Thanks.

Kirsten
October 4, 2020 2:40 pm
Reply to  Storm

Hi Storm amd thank you Beth for the very informative post!
Storm – I’m just embarking on the same path as you mentioned here: smartwatch for heart rate and wahoo sensors for cadence. Hoping they will both show in the peloton app on my phone and then on my smart tv. Have you had any luck?
Thanks!

Jessica Trueblood
May 20, 2020 9:41 pm

Hi!

Do I need all three sensors (cadence, speed, and HR) in order to get my output/power? I am loving my budget bike with the Peloton app, but would really love to know my output.

Also, does output/power show on the screen during a workout or are you only able to view it after a workout with the wahoo sensors.

Kristine Diamonti
May 27, 2020 10:20 am

I saw you mentioned you cannot join the leaderboard with the wahoo cadence sensor. however I have a friend that has a Bowflex bike and does join in peloton workouts with other friends that have the peloton bikes and they can high five and compete against each other. Are you able to connect with others in the same way with the wahoo cadence devices are is it just to follow the cadence of the instructors are using instead of guessing?

Kristine Diamonti
May 27, 2020 9:35 pm

Okay good to know so it sounds like I may at least be able to work out with the others. I have a Fitbit that keeps track of my heart rate am I able to just use that and the cadence sensor from wahoo or do I need the heart rate sensor as well in order to use the peloton app correctly? My bike also has a speed on there so I can see my RPMs with that I won’t need the speed detector right? thank you so much for your help really appreciate it that was suppose a great… Read more »

Andrea
June 18, 2020 12:17 pm

I am so excited to have found your blog! So much great information!! You pretty much describe my set up in your post…I ride with the Peloton app on a Sunny spinner. I want to add the cadence monitor from Wahoo but I am confused. Sometimes I Google Chromecast my classes to my big screen. My Android runs the Peloton app. Sometimes I do pre-recorded Peloton classes directly from my phone. With that being said, how do I monitor cadence with the Wahoo app while taking a pre-recorded class via the Peloton app at the same time? So grateful for… Read more »

Andrea Sauvageot
June 19, 2020 11:21 am

Thanks so much for your response! You may have mentioned this elsewhere – but do you use an Android or iPhone? My Wahoo Cadence monitor arrives tomorrow night. Hoping it works! Thanks again!

Travis
June 24, 2020 9:52 pm

I am using android phone and I cant seen to get pelton app and wahoo cadence showing at same time. I seen this note under pelaton support.

Note that cadence is not displayed on Android, or when using Airplay through the Peloton Digital app to an Apple TV.

Andrea Sauvageot
June 25, 2020 10:04 pm

Hi Beth and Travis – I wanted to share what I figured out thanks to Beth’s post and a lot of Googling. I use a Samsung S10, the Peloton Digital App, and the free Wahoo app with the cadence sensor. You are correct, it does not pull the cadence into Peloton app on your phone OR on your tv if you are streaming (at least not if you use Google Chromecast). This is how I did it on a Samsung S10. First, you must make sure the Wahoo App is one of your recent apps used, so it appears with… Read more »

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Kevin surnear
July 1, 2020 8:47 pm

I understand you can’t join the leaderboard on peloton through this connection method, does that mean it also doesn’t give you your total workout results at the end via peloton? You know , the screenshot all my neighbors are always sharing to the group text haha. Thanks!

Jorge
July 6, 2020 9:04 am

I have the Wahoo cadence and heart monitor and they work very well. I have a question: is the resistance in the peloton equivalent to wahoo KICKR?

Tammy
July 26, 2020 8:04 am

Hi – great article. I have ordered a generic but good bike. I plan to use the Peloton app (and perhaps others) on my Roku TV. I may also use my PC as well. But my main question to you is this: If I am not concerned with my heart rate, cadence and speed but simply want to experience riding along trails and scenic bike rides, do I need the Wahoo device and if not, without that, how do you actually pair the bike to the Peloton app. I do want to train either with on demand videos or live… Read more »

Tammy
July 26, 2020 10:24 pm

Thank you. But how does my bike connect to the Peloton App? I can’t figure out how I show up to the instructor at all. The bike I ordered already has a monitor attached showing stats. Does the bike have to have some kind of bluetooth capability. I don’t think mine does. So do I need to Wahoo device to show up to the instructors? Thx

Maggie
July 31, 2020 1:45 pm

Hi,

The picture of the App shows a Power reading. Do you get the Power data in the Wahoo App when using the cadence and speed sensors?

Gareth
August 11, 2020 11:16 pm

Hi does it keep track of your rides in the peloton app like if you have the bike so your friends can see your rides and your stats from them like power out, speed distance etc

Slvrsur
October 5, 2020 6:26 am

Thanks for the infi. What kind of matt are you using for your indoor spin bike?

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