Technology for the Virtual Cyclist: Voice and Music

Technology for the Virtual Cyclist: Voice and Music

When I started virtually working out with The Fix Studio in 2020, one of the things I missed from my former life as a 'Spinner', was music.  I never listen to music when I am riding outside, but inside I want to listen to it ~ sometimes loud.

äventyr bicycle bags blog post Technology for the Virtual Cyclist: Voice and Music

I was once a Spinning Instructor.  I always say you can take the instructor out of the classroom, but you can't take the music out of the instructor.

äventyr bicycle bags blog post Technology for the Virtual Cyclist: Voice and Music

Like many of my classmates, and I am sure you as well, my virtual set up has been an ongoing process.  Most of us have found that working too many bluetooth's into the mix doesn't work.

äventyr bicycle bags blog post Technology for the Virtual Cyclist: Voice and Music

I ride virtually with my Fix Classmates on TrainerRoad.  It is like Zoom, but for cyclists.  We can hear each other [with the usual technology issues (talking over each other, echoing, not able to hear someone at all, etc.), but most of the time we can hear each other just fine], which is important and nice.  This is all I did at first because you can't pipe music into trainer road.  But the silence during certain intervals got a bit too ~ silent.

äventyr bicycle bags blog post Technology for the Virtual Cyclist: Voice and Music

When I got new earbuds so I could both hear my classmates better, and they could hear me; I learned quickly that one bluetooth source (my earbuds into my computer), was the only thing that was going to work.  I usually turn off the bluetooth on my phone so there is no confusion for my earbud connection.

For the 2020/21 indoor riding season I then evolved to using my earbuds with my laptop, and blue-toothing my phone to my Megaboom Speaker.  Kurt and I could listen to the same music when we were riding together, and that was super fun, but if I ever unmuted myself in TrainerRoad the bluetooth got confused and the delicate balance of my technology went askew.  It was either, listen/talk to my classmates OR listen to music.

äventyr bicycle bags blog post Technology for the Virtual Cyclist: Voice and Music

But this year that all changed for me when I got a new laptop (MacBook Pro) that could handle all the technology I now use better ~ with a bonus. 

And because sometimes you get a rainy day in the Summer, sometimes you need a bonus workout inside in the Summer, and because before we know it...  it will be winter again, I thought I would share this fun bonus and how I am finally able to both listen to my classmates AND music AT THE SAME TIME!  Yes, my mind was blown too when I accidentally discovered it!

Below I will walk you through how I listen to both my Fix Classmates on TrainerRoad AND Music at the same time through my earbuds.

  1. Open TrainerRoad
  2. Open Apple Music
  3. Find Playlist to listen to and start playing.
  4. Click back to TrainerRoad.  If you are signed into a group workout, you will be able to hear your classmates and your music.

äventyr bicycle bags blog post Technology for the Virtual Cyclist: Voice and Music

If you would like to listen to our current playlist, you can click on the above image.

 

See Also:  Indoor Cycling Apart Together

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