- Wahoo RFLKT Bike Computer
- Wahoo TICKR Heart Rate Monitor
- Wahoo Blue SC Speed/Cadence Sensor
- iFitness/Fitletic Running Belt
Every time we test our applications, we test with the following products. We highly recommend them all. If you purchase through these links, we make affiliate revenue, for which we are grateful.
We recommend products from Wahoo Fitness. Here’s why:
- Wahoo Fitness wrote the software that we use within our app to connect to Bluetooth sensors. They also helped define the standards that lots of other manufacturers are using.
- We’ve spent a lot of time with their founders and engineers. They’re good people who share our passion for product excellence.
- We’ve heard the story about how they completely rewrote the programming of the Blue HR because it wasn’t giving enough accuracy. That’s a tradeoff we appreciate.
- We enjoyed working with them during the development of the RFLKT Bike Computer. There’s a lot of innovation there, and we appreciate all the tradeoffs they made.
You can get directly to their site with the following link: abvio.com/wahoo
RFLKT Bike Computer, by Wahoo Fitness
Once you use our app with the RFLKT (“Reflect”), you’ll wonder how you ever rode without it. Stow your iPhone away safely in a pocket, belt, or toolbag. Then push a button on the RFLKT, and start or stop our app. Push another button to record a lap or interval, with all the statistics tallied up to that point, and storing your location on the map. Push the previous and next buttons to see as many pages as can fit into the RFLKT. Choose from any 17 page templates that can show any of 148 different statistics items. Or roll your own. It only weighs 2 ounces, and operates for up to a year on a single coin cell battery. Rumor has it that it also prevents saddle rash.
TICKR, by Wahoo Fitness
Heart rate is an important training measurement. When our apps know your heart rate, our calorie calculations are more accurate. If you enter your age in a heart rate zone setting, you know what your theoretical training maximum should be. (Great if you like exercising on the edge.) You can see your heart rate zone performance in our online workouts (example) or within the app.
- We like the way one side snaps off the strap, which disconnects the battery.
- The strap is soft and comfortable, and not too tight.
- Most importantly, we use it often, and it’s very reliable.
Blue SC Speed / Cadence Sensor, by Wahoo Fitness
We put a lot of effort into supporting speed and cadence sensors. When GPS is used to determine speed, you will often find that your speed lags, because it takes time and distance to overcome inherent GPS error. But with a speed / cadence sensor, your speed is updated nearly instantaneously. This not only leads to more satisfying real-time information, it also helps our stop detection algorithms to be as accurate as they can be. Distance can also be recorded more accurately than with GPS.
We love the Blue SC for all the same reasons we love the Blue HR. Besides, the folks at Wahoo Fitness call themselves Wahooligans.
PROTKT Bike Case, by Wahoo Fitness
The folks at Wahoo Fitness care about their iPhones as much as we do. They’ve created an extra-tough case that keep your precious from harm, so you can pay more attention to avoiding road rash and utility poles.
Running Belt, by Fitletic/iFitness
One of the most useful things you can buy when using our apps is a running belt, whether you’re a runner, cyclist, or walker. We’ve been using iFitness running belts for more than four years now. Here’s what we like about them:
- You can wear them underneath your shirt or jersey, so you don’t look like a tourist or a techie.
- If you are cycling, you can wear them with the iPhone to the back so your body doesn’t block the iPhone from GPS satellites. Safer than keeping in your jersey pocket, and you can string the earphone up inside the jersey.
- The neoprene adds some protection to your iPhone.
- The belt doesn’t bounce up and down when you’re running.
- It can also store emergency cab fare or a credit card.
- This one has a running race number holder. No more safety pins.