When using the Stages Dash M50, L50, M200, or L200 with a smart bike or trainer, there are several settings you can adjust to improve your indoor riding experience. For the best experience, create a ride profile specifically for indoor riding so that you can retain these settings for all your indoor training needs.
To ride using Trainer Control, simply add your trainer as a sensor on your Dash under Connections > Manage sensors > Add sensors. You can also add any other sensors you are using to train, including a power meter, speed or cadence sensor, or HR sensor.
Once you are ready with your profile pages set up and sensors paired, head to Settings > Data Handling to set up your Dash for indoor riding.
- Recording: We recommend selecting Cont with GPS off for all indoor riding. This stops any GPS positions from being recorded in your file, which can throw off your data on sites like Strava that will base your ride time on GPS movement.
- Activity type: We recommend selecting Indoor for all indoor riding. This setting will help keep your data consistent with the activity you are performing. Along with this, some third-party apps will specifically track indoor riding separately from outdoor riding while tracking specific metrics.
- Cadence source: If you are also riding with a connected power meter, choose Power here to record the cadence from your power meter. Though most smart trainers/bikes send cadence, it is often estimated and will be more accurate coming from your crank- or pedal-based power meter. If you are not using a power meter, you can also select Speed/Cadence to record from a cadence or speed/cadence combo sensor.
- Power source: If you are also riding with a connected power meter, select Power here to record the power readings from your power meter instead of the trainer. This will help keep your data consistent with your outdoor training by recording all your power from one source.
- Movement source: Select Trainer here to log speed and distance from your trainer.
- Display mode: If you are riding the trainer in a basement, garage, or other low light areas, select Dark mode to use a dark background on all of your profile pages during a ride. This will help reduce eye strain when following along with training metrics on the Dash. Display mode is listed under the Settings menu.