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

Peloton App with Wahoo

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Catherine

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

Ike

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

vick

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

Is there a way to change mph to rpm??

Julie

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

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!

Daniel

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

Thanks for sharing this information!

Michelle

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

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

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

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

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?

Sian

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

Michelle Miranda

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

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

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!

Nicole Soltis

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

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

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 »

Paul

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

Storm

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.

Jessica Trueblood

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

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?

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