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Bkool Indoor - Cycling Simulator

 

1. DOWNLOAD AND INSTALLATION

If you have a PC (Windows) or a Mac (OSX)

You can download the Bkool Simulator from here. here.

If you have a tablet (Android)

Find the Bkool Simulator app on Google Play.

If you have an iPad (IOS)

Find the Bkool Simulator app on the Apple Store.

2. OPENING THE SIMULATOR

To run the Simulator, you need an internet connection and the email and password that you used to register on Bkool.com.

If you are not registered, you can do so on our website, or through the Simulator itself by completing the form.

If you check the option "Remember me", the next time you run the Simulator you will just have to click on "Enter".

The Simulator can manage several users.

Remember to have ANT+ or Bluetooth connected.

3. HOME SCREEN

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Scroll down to see all the sessions currently available.

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Remember that you can schedule the ones you want to ride from the website.

3.1. FICHA SESIÓN

A session is represented by a card containing the information on it. If there are cyclists riding already riding in a session, the card will show the number of riders, the time elapsed or what phase the session is in.

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You can ride any session just by clicking on it or, if it's a "Live" session, join as a spectator. You will find both options at the bottom.

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At the top you there are three tabs: "About the session", "Cyclists" and "Settings".

About the session. Shows all the information on the session and its profile.
You can see the map by clicking on the icon.

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Cyclists. Shows the number of riders, as well as their levels and the average level of the session.

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Settings. You can adjust different options such as entering a password, activating the wind, reducing the gradient, etc.

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3.2 Search for sessions

You will find the search option in the upper left, between "Home" and "Settings", as shown in the following image:

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After clicking on "Search" you can search for Routes, Workouts, Velodromes and create FTP tests.

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For each option, you can apply filters based on criteria that you specify. To do so, click on "Filter".

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You can search on the following criteria:

- Part of the session

- Distance

- Difficulty

- Views

- Username (Nick)

- Route name

Clicking on "Filter" will display the sessions that meet the parameters you specify.

This way you can find your friends by looking for them by their name if they are doing a session at that moment, or select the session that best suits what you’re looking for.

There is also a direct link to the search engine from the buttons at the bottom of the home screen:

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4. PAIRING DEVICES
Bluetooth Smart vs ANT+

PC

ANT+ (Recommended). Using the ANT+ antenna that comes with trainers and the bike, connected to a USB port on the PC.

Bluetooth Smart 4.0. Windows 10 or higher is required.

MAC

ANT+ Using the ANT+ antenna that comes with trainers and the bike. You will need to have a USB - USB-C cable

Bluetooth Smart 4.0 (Recommended).

IOS (Ipad)

Bluetooth Smart 4.0. (Recommended)

Android tablet

ANT+ Some table models include an ANT+ antenna (check the technical specifications of the device). If not, you can use the ANT+ antenna that comes with the trainer and bike and connect it to a USB port with an OTG cable (not included).

Bluetooth Smart 4.0. (Recommended)

Pairing process

Once registered, you have to pair your device (trainer, bike, heart rate monitor, etc.) to the Simulator. To do so, the first time you open the Simulator, the following screen will be shown, with the two communication technologies that you can use, ANT + and Bluetooth, shown as activated or deactivated in the upper left.

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Once you select the brand of trainer you are going to pair, you are taken to the next screen.

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In the upper left corner, you will see the two communication technologies you can use to pair your device. The rotating arrow around them means that the Simulator is scanning for devices through them. It is perfectly normal for the Simulator to try to find trainers via Bluetooth and ANT+ at the same time.

When the Simulator finds your trainer, select it by clicking on the circle next to its name on the right.

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Once your trainer is paired, you are taken to the final pairing screen. If you pedal, you will see how the values of power, cadence, speed, etc., change. That indicates that the trainer is properly paired. Click on "All Done". You can now choose the session you want to ride.

TRAINERS FROM OTHER BRANDS

You can use the Bkool Simulator with trainers from other brands and on stationary bicycles.

The pairing is the same as described above, just select your trainer brand.

You can find compatible trainers at the following link. > Go

We recommend you try pairing your trainer with the Simulator. We add new models periodically, so yours may not be listed.

5. SETTINGS

You will find the settings option in the upper left, next to "Search".

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5.1 Connect my devices

See point 4. Pairing devices..

5.2 MY PROFILE

Set up your personal info.

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5.3 Avatar

Set up your avatar in 3D view to your liking.

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You can spend your credits in the store.

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5.3 General

From here you can select your language, change the video or 3D quality, and adjust other Simulator options.

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5.4 About the App

Simulator version and information about your subscription and devices.

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You can also send us a report if you have a technical problem. This way we will have the data that will help us identify the cause.

6. TYPES OF SESSIONS
Route:

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Road routes, grand tour stages, circuits from well-known triathlons... You can find it all here. You can ride all of them in 2D, and most in 3D and real video as well.


Workout:

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Workouts by power zone. The Simulator will adjust the resistance of your trainer to keep your power output constant. For the best experience, it is important to have first done an FTP test.


Velodrome:

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Experience the sensation of riding on an indoor track. The Simulator offers different velodrome events such as Keirin, elimination and pursuit races. You can also choose two classic velodrome tests: the kilometer test and the hour record.


FTP Test:

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This test will determine your fitness level. You can choose between a short, 5-minute test and a longer 20-minute test. It is very important that you do this test periodically, since the Simulator will adjust your training zones depending on the result of the test.

7. VIEWS

Depending on the type of session, different views will be available. You can switch between them with the left and right arrow keys (or by swiping if you use a tablet).

7.1.1. 3D WORLD

In 3D view, pressing the V key will change the view angle.

THIRD-PERSON VIEW

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FIRST-PERSON VIEW

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AUTOMATIC VIEW

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7.1.2. VIDEO

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7.1.3 PROFILE

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7.2. WORKOUTS

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The workouts indicate the target zone. You should stay in the specified range to meet the goals. Watts will be shown in red if you exit the assigned range.

The ERG system automatically adjusts the trainer's resistance, regardless of your pace, so you can ride at the specified watts. Deactivate it using theP key.


7.3 VELODROME

The velodrome sessions offer three views.

GLOBAL

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3D

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VIDEO

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7.4. MAP

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8. SESSION SCREEN

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1Classification.

2Settings.

3Time elapsed and distance.

4Time and distance left

5Profile.

6Zone

7Current gradient percentage.

8Distance to next gradient change.

9Next gradient percentage.

10Stats

8.1 SETTINGS DURING THE SESSION

During the session you can adjust certain options by clicking on the icon in the upper right corner, the Esc key or back icon. You can also see all the information on the session, who else is riding and the keys or gestures for different options.

8.1.1 Settings

Different options for the session.

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8.1.2 Cyclists

See who is riding and their level

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8.1.3 Controls

How you can activate different options during the session.

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8.1.4 About the route

Information about the session you are doing.

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8.2 DATA VIEW

Ride data is shown in the lower bar. During a session you can choose three ways to display the data. To change from one mode to another press the down or up key, or swipe in that direction if using a tablet.

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You also have the option to collapse the data display completely, leaving just a button to show it again.

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8.3 END OF THE SESSION. DATA SUMMARY SCREEN

At the end of the session a data summary will be displayed, which you can expand later on the website if you save it.

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9. WARMING UP AND COOLING DOWN

Sessions include 10 minutes of warm-up at the beginning. To shorten it, stop pedaling. This will commence the countdown to start the session.

At the end of the session you can cool down for a few minutes. To stop the cool-down, stop pedaling.

10. SAVING OR DELETING A SESSION

At the end of a session, you can save it or delete it. If you save it, you can analyze the session data in the "History" section of Bkool.com. If you delete it, no data will be saved.

 

12. SEND REPORT TO BKOOL

From the simulator settings, in "About the App", you can send a report to Bkool. This way, Bkool will have all the data on your device and the simulator's process register, which we can use to help you solve certain technical problems.

12. SPECTATOR MODE

This mode allows you to look in on a session. You can follow the riders (the humans, not the bots) and send them messages of encouragement. Bkool isn't just about sweating; you can also enjoy watching your friends ride :)

You can access spectator mode for any of the sessions that are taking place at that moment. Just click on the session, and then on "Join as a spectator".

Select the rider you want to follow in the list of positions. You can write messages on the road or text the cyclist.

If you don't want to be disturbed by messages during your sessions, you can turn on Individual Mode in the Simulator settings. You must do so before starting the session.

The method for changing views is the same as when riding a session, as are the rest of the options.

13. ERG MODE

ERG mode lets you control the desired power at all times, since the resistance applied by the trainer will adjust automatically, regardless of your speed, cadence or gear, to keep the power at the specified value.

This lets you do controlled workouts as the trainer will adapt the power to whatever you specify.

Note: The trainer's braking system needs a minimum speed in order to offer certain resistances. If this speed is not reached, the trainer will not be able to offer the specified power. In this case the speed must be increased.

ERG mode is activated automatically when you are doing a workout or class. Also, if you entered Goals when setting up a session on the website.

To activate ERG mode manually in any session, press the P key, or by touching the power value on tablets. After a few seconds, ERG mode will be turned on at the current power value.

Use the + or - keys to increase or decrease power by 5 watts.

To deactivate it, press the P key again, or by touching the power value on tablets. The trainer will again respond based on the gradient of the profile.

The Simulator indicates that you are in ERG mode by displaying the power value in orange.

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In addition, in 3D view, an indication above your avatar shows that you are in ERG mode.

In Workouts, this indication is shown in the central panel.

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14. WORKOUT

When you click on a workout, you will see an outline profile of it 4, and the time in each Zone 5. Shown under the name are the total time 1 and difficulty of session 2, as well as the IF (Intensity Factor) and TSS (Training Stress Score) values 3 of the workout.

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The workouts indicate the target zone. You should stay in the specified range to meet the goals. Watts will be shown in red if you exit the assigned range.

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The time remaining in the current block is shown in the center of the screen 3. A notice will appear before each block change.

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The ERG 5 system automatically adjusts the trainer's resistance, regardless of your pace, so you can ride at the specified watts.

Deactivate it using the P key, in which case you will have to adjust your speed/cadence and the gears on your bike to stay in the Zone. If you press the P key again, ERG mode will keep you at the watts you have at that exact moment.

If a specific cadence range is assigned for your current block, this value will be displayed 4.

Next to your name you can see the points received so far 1. The more you stay in the planned workout zones, the more points you receive. The compliance (%) is shown just below 2.

At the end of the workout, you will see the compliance (%), normalized power, average HR and effort (IF).

Click on "Training Diary" to write down any comments. You can also do this later on the website. Remember to save it to upload it to your history.

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Click on "Analysis" to see a graph of the activity and the recorded data.

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15. VELODROME

One of the easiest and fastest ways to have everything under control and only worry about pedaling is to ride sessions in the velodrome.

There, it is you who decides the training intensity, whether you want to ride hard, warm up or go for the hour record.

Tip:

Activate ERG mode in the velodrome (P key) to control the watts you want to generate. Use the + and - keys to increase or decrease the intensity.

You can ride velodrome sessions in the Simulator by going into Search > Velodrome > Create your session

You can choose between the Galapagar velodrome in Madrid and the Luis Puig velodrome in Valencia.

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Set up your session by selecting the number of laps to ride. .

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If you prefer to limit your session by time, you can do so on our website Sessions > Velodrome

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15.1 Views in the velodrome

Velodrome sessions offer three views: Global, 3D and video.

You can see them in point 7 Views.

15.2 Velodrome events

Además en el simulador encontrarás diferentes juegos de velódromo, en los que competirás, y te divertirás, con otros Bkoolers.

Keirin:
The Japanese classic. Don’t overtake the motorcycle rider and finish first in an 8-lap race.

Elimination race:
Win the most sprints without getting knocked out.

Individual pursuit
Catch up with your rival, who will start on the other straight. 125 meters separate you!

Team pursuit
The riders in the “chase” position rule. The winner is the one to catch up to the opposite team’s chase rider or to complete 16 laps in the fastest time.

 

You can find more information on each event below:

Keirin

Goal: Sprint for victory following a speed-controlled start behind a pacer bot. The pacer leaves the track at a random point in the 6th lap, marking the start of the sprint.

Description: The first rider crossing the finish line at the end of the 8th lap wins the round. The one with the most points wins the race.

Scores: 40 points for the winner, 30 points for the runner-up, 25 for the third and 16 points for the rest, with a bonus for not finishing last.

Miss and out

Goal: Beat the highest number of sprints

Description: Every 2 laps a sprint start notice is given. Each sprint lasts one lap. Elimination: with each sprint, the last rider to cross the finish line is eliminated (and will remain in the rest area until the next round begins). Round winner: the rider who is not eliminated. Event winner: the one with the highest points.

Scores: Two points for each lap without being eliminated. What's more, the first three finishers in each round receive additional points (100% of the points obtained for the laps for the first, 50% for the second and 20% for the third). The more users who take part in the event, the more points are up for grabs!

Individual pursuit

Goal: Catch up to the rival who starts at the opposite finish line, 125 meters away.

Description: The event lasts 16 laps. Winner: the rider who reaches their rival. If neither rider has caught the other at the end of the 16 laps, the winner will be the one with the lowest time.

Scores: 50 points for the winner and 20 points for the runner-up.

Team pursuit

Goal: The rider in the "chase" position on a team has to catch the rider in the "chase" position on the opposing team.

Description: The event lasts 16 laps. Winner: the team whose chaser catches the chaser on the opposing team. If after 16 laps neither chaser has caught the other, the team whose rider in the "chase" position has taken the least time to complete the distance wins.

Scores: 50 points for the members of the winning team, 20 points for the rest.

16.3 CLASSIC EVENTS

You can also ride two classic velodrome events.

Kilometer ride

A classic event in which you have to complete four laps of the velodrome as fast as possible.

Récord de la hora

60 minutes to ride as many kilometers as you can in the velodrome.

Many cyclists have tried it, but only a few have managed to go down in history. Will you be among them?

16. WHAT TO DO IF...
16.1 THE SIMULATOR TELLS ME I NEED USB ANT+

- Make sure you've connected it to your device.

- It's connected but it doesn't detect the ANT+.

- Are you using Garmin Express or Agent (or any other software that uses ANT+ technology, such as Adidas MyCoach, etc.) on your device? Close Garmin Express (it's incompatible with the Bkool Simulator) and turn off all other Garmin programs and processes on your device. (Windows: Task Manager >> Applications/Processes // MAC: Activity Monitor). Also, make sure you're not using Garmin's USB ANT+. To use Bkool Indoor, the Garmin Agent must be off; otherwise, the two programs may conflict with each other.


- - The ANT+ libraries may not be up-to-date on your computer..

Try installing the VC redist program from the following link.

Make sure that the file name is VC_redist.x64 and install it.

Important: restart the computer once installed. .

Open the Simulator. It should detect the USB ANT+ and the ANT+ icon should be highlighted in white when you go into the "Pair the simulator" menu. After a few seconds, the trainer will be detected via ANT+.


- If the above doesn't work, there could be a conflict in your computer's COM ports. Use another USB port or go into the Device Manager and look for the USB ANT+ Stick 2 in LibUSB. Right click and select Uninstall. Take out and reinsert the USB to install USB ANT+ again. You can also try restarting the computer after uninstalling USB ANT+.

16.2 SESSIONS ARE NOT UPLOADING TO MY HISTORY

The firewall or antivirus on your computer could be hampering communications between the Simulator and the server. Try adding an exception in both tools for our program (BSim3.exe), or temporarily disable them. If the antivirus is free, you can simply uninstall it and install a different one later.

16.3 I CAN'T LOG INTO THE SIMULATOR
  • Go over point 16.2, regarding the firewall or antivirus.
  • >An internet connection is required to log into the Simulator and start a session. If the connection is lost during a session, it may be possible to finish it, but a session can't be started without a connection.
16.4 THE SIMULATOR LAGS OR FREEZES DURING A SESSION

The high-definition display depends on the characteristics of the device. If the Simulator slows down or freezes during sessions, lower the quality or disable video and 3D from the settings.

You can check the Simulator requirements for your system here.

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