What is Simulator?

Simulator is a serious game that lets you see the following on your computer screen during your indoor sessions (or on a TV screen connected to your computer):

  • The data corresponding to the different variables measured by Bkool (time, distance, heart rate, power, speed, cadence and calories).
  • Either a representation of the route profile you are completing or a real video.
  • Your position on the route, that of any “virtual competitor” (bot) if you created one and that of any other users completing the session with you (multiplayer mode).

Simulator also lets you download up to 10 sessions created on bkool.com to your PC. This means you can complete the sessions even when not connected to the Internet.

If you do not have Simulator downloaded on your PC, you will not be able to complete indoor sessions

How do I access BSim?

  1. In order to use your BKOOL Pack, you will need to have the serious game (BSim) installed on your PC. For that, you will need to download the software.
  2. Find the link in the web site footer ("Help" area) > Download BSim, or simply click here.
  3. A window will open showing that the BSim has started to be downloaded to your PC. The download process is the same as for any other software: a series of screens will appear requiring you to take certain actions before moving on to the next.
  4. To download BSim, you will also need to download DirectX (if you do not already have it installed on your PC). Another screen will open to begin this download process.
  5. To download BSim, you will also need to download DirectX (if you do not already have it installed on your PC). Another screen will open to begin this download process.

What is DirectX? Why do I need to download it?

DirectX is a piece of Microsoft software used for graphical on-screen representation. Downloading DirectX also follows the standard software download procedure. A screen will open to begin the download process. Remember, you must click OK in this window to continue.

How long will it take to download BSim?

That will depend on your Internet connection speed. With an ADSL connection (3Mb download), it will take approximately 45 seconds. DirectX will take approximately 2 minutes to download at that same speed.

Nothing happens when I click on the BSim download link contained in the e-mail confirming my order.

Copy the address of the link and paste it into the address bar of your web browser (at the top of your screen). Press Enter. Your browser may ask you to confirm the download. If so, click OK and the BSim download will begin.

Where will BSim be installed on my PC?

A screen will appear during the installation process informing you that, unless you choose otherwise, a folder called BKOOL is being created and its location (this will vary according to the operating system you use). Remember that you do not need to find this folder to access BSim: you can open the program directly from the icon displayed in the task bar (the icons shown in the lower right corner of the screen) or from Start>Programs>BKOOL>BSim.

The BSim icon in the task bar moves sometimes. Why? What does that mean?

When the word BKOOL scrolls across the icon, it means that BSim is connecting to the Internet in order to search for new BSim or BCycling updates, new sessions or to send sessions you have already completed.

I have a Mac. Can I install BSim?

For now, BSim has only been designed to operate in a Windows environment and does not support the Mac environment. Certain Windows emulators that can be installed on a Mac can probably be used to install BSim without any problems but we cannot guarantee this. Another option is to utilise a dual start-up system on your computer with both operating systems.

What are the minimum PC requirements for BSim to run properly?

These are the minimum requirements:

  • Operating system : Windows XP / XP64 / Vista / Vista64 / 7 / 8 (with the latest Service Packs installed)
  • Minimum processor : Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce FX, ATI Radeon TM 9500 or Intel Graphics with a minimum of 256 MB dedicated memory and DirectX 9 compatible.
  • Available memory: 500 MB
  • Internet connection (not needed for single 2D sessions)
  • Real Video sessions (2Mbps download rate connection recommended)

How do I know which graphics card and PC configuration I have?

  1. Click on Start > Run.
  2. A black screen will open. Type dxdiag and press Enter. A “DirectX Diagnostics Tool” screen will appear.
  3. A Windows screen will open and you will see a progress bar in the lower left corner.
  4. When it finishes, click on Save Information. The file you save contains the information about your graphics card and PC configuration.

How can I uninstall BSim from my PC?

It is very simply:

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Click on All programs.
  3. Click on BKOOL.
  4. Click on Uninstall..
  5. That’s it; the uninstall process will take about 40 seconds (depending on your PC).

If two different users are using the same PC, do they only need to have BSim downloaded once?

One BSim is capable of managing both users perfectly. All you need to do is configure the accounts of each user within BSim.

How do I know when a new version of BSim is available? How do I update the version on my PC?

If BSim is running in the task bar, it will automatically download any new versions of BSim when they become available. You will be informed and be shown the steps to take for the update. The previous version will automatically be deleted. If BSim is not running in the task bar, the update will appear as soon as you launch it (Start>Programs>BKOOL>BSim).

What does ‘pairing devices’ mean? How do you do it?

Pairing devices means identifying which specific sensors you want BSim to detect for recording the data they generate.

The following sensors can be paired:

  • ANT+ Heart rate chest strap.
  • ANT+ cadence sensor.
  • ANT+ speedometer.
  • ANT+ Speedometer and Cadence combos.

Device pairing is performed from within BSim.

You will need to have BCycling plugged in to the power and the sensors you want to pair in the vicinity.

To pair devices follow these steps:

  1. Launch BSim from the icon located in the task bar.
  2. Enter your e-mail address and password (the same as for logging in to bkool.com) on the BSim screen. You will only need to do this if you have not previously selected the “Remember me” option.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Click on Indoor Devices Pairing and activate them (put on your heart rate chest strap, start pedalling to activate the cadence sensor, etc.).
  5. All the devices detected by the ANT+ stick will be displayed.
  6. Select the devices you want to use by clicking on 'Pair' (once pressed, the button will be displayed in a darker colour).
  7. When you have finished, click 'Back' and the configuration will be saved.

BSim does not contain a certain indoor session that I created on bkool.com.Why not?What should I do?

BSim (which is installed on your PC) connects to bkool.com and not on your PC) every 5 minutes. It detects the sessions created on bkool.com and downloads them for you to complete. If your BSim application does not contain a certain session you created on bkool.com, that will be because you turned your PC off too soon after creating it and BSim was unable to connect to bkool.com and download the session.

What should you do? Very simply:

  1. Click on the BSim icon in the task bar of your PC.
  2. You will see three options. Click on Status.
  3. Make sure the selected user is your own (it will be shown in a combo just below the connections diagram).
  4. Click on the Update button and you’ll see BSim update itself.
  5. Then click on Launch BSim.
  6. Log in using your username and the newly-created session should appear among your sessions.

The data in the BSim screen are not displayed correctly when I start an indoor session.

Check the available resolutions on your PC. BSim is designed to support two resolution settings:

  • 1280x720 (widescreen mode)
  • 1024x768 (4:3)

If you cannot adjust your PC to these available resolutions, it is normal for the data to be displayed as you see them.

BSim says that BCycling is not updated. How do I update BCycling?

To update BCycling correctly you have to follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have internet connetion from your PC.
  2. Look for a USB-Host cable or printer cable (you will use it to connect the home trainer to the computer) . Enter BSim and log in, clicking "remember password". Log out.
  3. Connect BCycling to the electrical grid using the power adapter. Make sure Bsim icon is in the taskbar.
  4. Wait for a 1 minute.
  5. Connect BCycling to the computer with the USB-Host cable and wait for the update message.
  6. If nothing happens, click on BSim icon > Status. If BSim is detecting BCycling by cable, and there is no update message, it means BCycling already has the latest version.