Spin class in-depth: 6 trackers for measuring your indoor cycling workout

We pick the best tech to track your spinning workout
​Best trackers for indoor cycling

Spinning – or indoor cycling – is one hell of a workout. Essentially High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on a bike, it's not for the faint hearted but the rewards are plentiful.

However, tracking your spinning performance is far from easy. GPS trackers are toothless indoors, and you can forget about fitness trackers altogether.

Big test: Best cycling wearables and trackers out on the road

That's why we've saddled up with a host of sports wearables, which offer differing degrees of insights into the world of spinning – and find out which is best for tracking your training sessions.

Wahoo Tickr X

The Wahoo Tickr X is a multisport chest strap that adds a tonne of excellent data and biometrics to nearly any tracked workout. However, it's the dedicated spinning mode that really catches the eye.

In-depth test: Wahoo Tickr X review

As well as on-the-money heart rate data, the Tickr X will keep an eye on your cadence and revs per minute while you spin, and you can use your paired smartphone as a screen if your bike hasn't got its own.

The graphs and data that the TickrX spits out are clear and easy to manage, although there's no power data. Chest straps aren't for everyone, either.

$99.99, wahoofitness.com | Amazon

Moov Now

Moov added cycling data to its menagerie of sports apps earlier this year, but disappointingly spinning wasn't part of the mix. We complained heavily in our Moov review, and the company listened: Moov Now, which is set for release in August, adds indoor cycling metrics.

Thanks to Moov's spot on your leg it can track all manner of spinning stats, from cadence to power, which has only been possible with specialist (and ludicrously expensive) hardware before now.

The only downside of Moov Now is that it doesn't have its own heart rate monitor, although it does offer third party support for ANT+ devices, so you can strap on your own.

Want the full verdict? Then read our Moov Now review.

$79.95, moov.cc | Amazon

Fitbit Blaze

Multisport is this Fitbit's name of the game, and the Blaze has a host of modes for tracking different exercises. While there is a bike mode, you're best off choosing a vanilla workout, which will turn off the GPS for indoor use.

In-depth test: Fitbit Blaze review

You can then track the duration and intensity of your workout, which will benefit from the Blaze's optical heart rate tech. You won't get the same specialist insights as you will from the Tickr X or Moov – but it's a simple system that will offer indoor cyclists calorie burn and insights into your heart rate.

Don't forget to monitor your resting heart rate level to see the benefits over time.

$249.99, fitbit.com | Amazon

Garmin Fenix 3

While Garmin's all-action sports has its own dedicated indoor cycling mode, out of the box it watch actually offers little more than the Fitbit Blaze in terms of data. So why plump for this insanely expensive sports watch?

In-depth: Read our full Garmin Fenix 3 review

Well the Fenix 3 is ANT+ enabled, so it will support a host of cycling accessories, which you can build up to create the ultimate indoor cycling set up. Garmin Connect is capable of adding data from power meters, footpods, cadence meters (all not included) and a heart rate strap into your workout summaries. It makes for one of world's most advanced spinning trackers – albeit at an eye-watering price.

Garmin has also recently introduced a new Fenix 3 adding heart rate and some more suit-friendly designs.

From $499.99, garmin.com | Amazon

Misfit Flash Cyclist Edition

The Flash Cyclist Edition is basically the Misfit Flash, with the same activity and sleep tracking features, plus a cadence sensor to make it more bike-friendly.

It uses the same clip holder that comes with the Flash Link so you can wear it on your shoes and works with the most popular cycling apps including Strava, MapMyRide, Wahoo and iBiker.

There's also a new Misfit Cyclist app for Android and iOS, which collects data on RPMs, distance and speed. It also harnesses your phone's GPS to store riding routes when you're cycling outdoors.

$49.99, misfit.com, Amazon

Motivo.cc

This dedicated indoor cycling app works in a similar way to the Garmin Fenix 3, by enabling you to hook up ANT+ sensors to your smartphone.

Again, you can hook up your choice of heart rate monitors, cadence sensors and power meters – although you may need to fork out even more for an ANT+ case, as the iPhone doesn't support that tech out of the box.

With cost mounting hard, it's a good time to mention that the app itself costs $10.99 per month. Hey, we never said that tracking your indoor cycling was cheap. However, you do get your own workouts built in, which is great for people who can't get down to a class.

Free, motivo.cc | iTunes

7 Comments

  • MaxM83 says:

    MOOV support has told me they're beta testing the spinning functionality for indoor cycling.

    It'll be available soon.

    • stacie says:

      Just get iCycleRPM app. Its the cheaper way to go. Only $2.99.

  • Larry says:

    I have the Moov and it does NOT offer indoor cycling as an option as of now. Everyone is waiting for this because winter has hit and many people cannot ride outdoors until spring. Please explain how you were able to review something that currently does not exist?

  • bnl says:

    As of early June 2016, the Moov Now still does not track indoor cycling. 

  • Motosumo says:

    If you want to avoid hardware, you can also simply use the free app from Motosumo: The worlds first sensorless cadence measdurement for cycling, using nothing but your smartphone and its built in sensors  It’s easy  http://www.motosumo.com

  • Motosumo says:

    ...or you can simply use the free app from Motosumo: The worls first sensorless cadence measurement for cycling, using nothing but your smartphones built in sensors  It’s easy  http://www.motosumo.com

  • PixiCycling says:

    Awesome gear! Love the high tech side of fitness. 

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