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Are there any kits or products available for an exercise bike to connect to a PC so that you can get speed, calories, etc. tracked on a small application running in a PC (or Mac)?

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Nearly all of the much more expensive exercise bikes have the ability to do this, or something similar.

I have seen everything from stores a file on a USB stick so that you can connect it to a pc and load in a special application, down to ones that save to a web based portal

For example - Life Fitness - 95R (£6495)

Workout Tracking - Utilize the USB connectivity to create, plan and track workouts for free at the Life Fitness Virtual Trainer web site.

However, there are many many different manufacturers and I have no idea what is even available to you where you are... For something like this, you should really go to a specialist store (negotiate with prices you find online) and get help from someone experienced.

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"You Save £8.25" ... now HOW cool is that? :D – Molly7244 Dec 28 '09 at 23:56
ahahaha! I think is something like 6495 times cooler than my bike! – dag729 Dec 29 '09 at 0:52
Ouch! I was looking for something simple that could...I don't know, take data from sensors on a flywheel and/or resistance and use it to graph information in a small real-time application while viewing a video or web browsing, not necessarily reading to a web site or a fullscreen "virtual biking tour". Something more like redirecting what is normally on the bike's LCD/LED panel to a computer readout. Probably sounds like a homebrew thing instead :-( – Bart Silverstrim Dec 29 '09 at 13:35

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