Hello All! New user here. Thought I would post some thoughts on getting my “systm” up and running.
First a bit about me and where I am coming from. I am a retired System Admin, primarily MS Windows. I grew to hate Windows and still do. In my personal life, I run Mac and Linux. As I got closer to retirement, I became an application administrator in order to get away from the data center, modern hardware (boring) and Windows Server.
If you want to skip my rant about getting things working in Windows, skip to End Rant
As I thought through how I wanted to get Systm onto a big screen, it occurred to me that the easiest way might be to put Windows on a spare PC. (I don’t have any extra Apple stuff lying about and System doesn’t run on Linux).
More about my setup. I have a Kickr, Climb, and Headwind and run Systm on Windows 10. First workout went OK. ERG mode is strange at first, but did some more reading and found shifting not necessary for most part. Seems I just hit the RPM marks and let the system do the rest. I found cadence lagging, so I decided to throw a spare wahoo cadence sensor in the mix. (Did I mention I was also running my Elemnt head unit also?). More on why, later.
On workout two, the kickr, cadence and HRM all came up, but I could not get sound to work, but after troubleshooting windows, I decided to look around in the app and the darn music slider was off. Not sure if I inadvertently did that or not, but after that, the HRM and cadence would not work. They were connected to the Elemnt though.
Needless to say, I was frustrated at this point, so I just said F#%& it and did the workout. Planned on using the head unit to upload file with all my metrics to Strava, RideWithGPS and Dropbox as normal, but when I finished the ride, I realized in my frustration I forgot to press START on the head unit.
I uploaded the file that Systm emailed me to Strava, RWGPS and Dropbox. Then decided to have it send directly to Strava also to see how that works. Direct upload to Strava looks cool, kinda like those Zw*$@ people. I have decided to leave that and just upload to RWGPS and Dropbox manually and hope Systm decides to match what is in the Elemnt as far as connected apps at some point. I won’t bother with the Elemnt anymore. I think that was just too many connections for everything to deal with.
Today, since I had anticipated all this angst with Bluetooth, I received my ANT+ dongle. I stuck it in the Windows box, it dinged, showed it recognized what it was, but Systm did not show ANT+ ON. Troubleshooting step number 1, I stuck the ANT+ dongle in my macbook and it worked perfectly and immediately. I put it back in the Windows box and after fumbling around finally found the original Device Manager applet that has been around since Win2k. No driver. Not only that, but it couldn’t find one. Typical. More fumbling and got Windows Update to download one which I had to manually install. Did the perfunctory Windows reboot just to be sure and voila. Something that took 2 seconds on my mac only took 45 minutes on windows. OK, rant over. I think workout 3 will be better!
As far as Systm, kickr, climb and headwind, all I have to say is WOW! Since I have not done either Half Monty or Full Frontal yet, the resistance is low, but wow, it makes up for that in cadence! I typical ride at 85 - 90 rpm. Riding faster and slower on purpose is gonna be interesting. The trainer just works. Nice to not have to worry about tire pressure anymore. Quiet too!
The climb unit adds a nice element, although I forgot it was there on the first workout and about crapped my chamois when it pitched over on the first downhill!
The surprise piece of hardware is the Headwind unit. OMG! I paired it with my HRM and there is literally no pile of sweat on the floor after my workout! I am not freezing at the start either. A really nice budget setup would be the Headwind combined with a decent smart trainer and an HRM.
As far as Systm, I really like it. It keeps me engaged. It makes me work outside my comfort zone. It makes it fun! Looking forward to more. I wish it paired with and automatically uploaded to RWGPS and Dropbox like the Elemnt. I really like that feature. Also, like has been posted on wish list thread, I wish I could see my workout calendar in my personal calendar. Someday.
I am just looking forward to getting more fit and have been really enjoying reading through the forum so far. Lots of good information here. Hope this was not too long, but I think I have things worked out. We shall find out tomorrow night!