How to Row on Zwift

How to Row on Zwift

        In our pain cave we also have a Concept 2 rower. I have heard that you can row on Zwift with a concept 2. I have done it a few times myself just to see what it is like, and it works pretty well, the only issue is when your activity uploads to strava it will upload as a ride not Row, and if you switch it to a Row, the pace will be messed up. To row on Zwift you will need one of the two apps, Rowedbiker(Link to google play version:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.charlotteip.rowedbiker&hl=en_US&gl=US) or Painsled(link to google play version:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.rower.rowcycler&hl=en_US&gl=US), both work pretty well but I prefer to use Rowedbiker. All you have to do is download the app, hit the menu button on your concept 2 rower (Note: This is only compatible with the pm3 and newer.) Once you are in the main menu, hit connect. Then you should be able to pair your rower to zwift. You will need one device running Rowedbiker and one running Zwift. You can also use this as an ant+ Heart Rate Monitor bridge. It is a painful process to bridge the Heart Rate Monitor, but if you really need to use a Heart Rate Monitor(HRM), then this is a way to do it. You can pair a HRM to the rower, pair it to the rowedbiker app, and then it will pair to Zwift as the name of the device you are using(ex; iPad 7th Gen 128428). Let me know if you have any questions! It would be great to see rowing on Zwift eventually but I think we will have to wait a bit longer to see this implemented. Thanks for reading and I hope you found this article helpful!

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[…] This is most riders/runners issue. I did not know going into it that most Garmin HRM do not have bluetooth. The only 2 HRM’s made by Garmin that have Bluetooth are the HRM Dual, and the HRM Pro. If you are riding on a computer and have access to Ant+, this should not be an issue. Note: The use of Ant+ requires an Ant+ dongle which can cost up to $50 depending on the one you choose. If you do not have access to Ant+, you could get an Ant+ to Bluetooth bridge. The only one that I know of that works well is the NPE Ant+ to Bluetooth Bridge. It is just about $50, which is almost the same cost as a new HRM, which is why I did not end up getting the bridge. If you have multiple Ant+ only devices, this could be a very useful purchase. If not, I would recommend getting a HRM like the Polar H9, or a Wahoo Tickr. If you are also a rider who rides or runs outside, most watches/bike computers can pair to Ant+ HRM, so you could always have one for indoor riding, and one for outdoor. If you don’t want/need 2, you can also sell it on ebay or other places like that. Here is a link to the bridge: https://store.npe-inc.com/cable-connect-ant-to-ble/. The newer Garmin watches can also broadcast Heart Rate from the wrist Heart Rate or an external device. For a tutorial on that, head over to this article by Dcrainmaker: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2020/04/quick-how-to-garmin-wearable-heart-rate-broadcasting-to-apps.html. One random/unexpected work around that I found was that you can use a concept 2 rower to bridge Ant+ and Bluetooth. I explain the whole process in this article: https://pursuitcyclingforkids.com/2021/08/17/how-to-row-on-zwift/. […]

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