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Bkool Smart Bike Manual

2019-01-11

Bkool Smart Bike Manual

Thank you for purchasing a Bkool Smart Bike. We want your experience with it to be perfect and for you to be part of the extensive Bkool community.

Opening the box

The Bkool Smart Bike box is designed to be easy to open.

Follow the steps shown in the image below.

Components

Inside you will find the following components

01. Stand 02. Stabilizer bars
03. Seat and seat post 04. Handlebar stem
05. Handlebar 06. Smartphone stand
07. Pedals 08. 15 Bkool wrench (19316)
09. 5 Hex key (19315) 10. 4 Hex key (19314)
11. M8x20 screw (19019) 12. M5x6 Allen bolt (13974)
13. AC adaptor 14. USB ANT+ antenna
15. Simulator coupon * 16. Adjustable feet

*For purchases from authorized distributors. If you purchased it at bkool.com, it will be automatically activated.

Attention!

Make sure all the components listed are included.

If any component is missing, please let us know immediately.
Please contact us at info@bkool.com.

Setting up the Smart Bike

Setting up the Smart Bike is simple. Follow the steps below.

1.

Screw each stabilizer bar to either end of the base. Use four of the M8x20 screws (19019) for each bar and tighten with the hex key (19315).

Note: The wheels must go in the back for easy transportation.

 

2.

Thread the pedals onto the spindles. Use the fixed wrench (19316) for this.

Attention!

Make sure you attach the L pedal on the left and the R pedal on the right (these markings are shown on the inner side of the pedal) facing forward.
Tighten them keeping the direction of rotation in mind.

 

3.

Insert the seat post in the stand.

You can adjust the seat height by raising or lowering the post. Use the knob on the stand to lock it in place.
You can also move the seat forward or back using a no. 14 wrench (not included).

Note: You don’t have to adjust the bike now. We’ll do that once the bike is set up, in the section on Adjusting the Smart Bike.

 

4.

Insert the handlebar stem in the stand.

You can adjust the handlebar height by raising or lowering the stem. Use the knob on the stand to lock it in place. Use the handlebar knob to lock it in place.

Insert the handlebar in the horizontal part of the handlebar stem. You can move the handlebar forward or backward.

Lastly, tighten screw 13975, shown in Figure 4.5

Note: You don’t have to adjust the bike now. We’ll do that once the bike is set up, in the section on Adjusting the Smart Bike.

 

5.

Tilt the bike up on its wheels so you can move it to wherever you are going to use it.

 

6.

Plug the AC transformer into the connector located at the right rear of the central bar on the stand.

 

7.

Place the smartphone stand wherever you like on the handlebar.

Note: You can move around in the simulator and change gears with your smartphone using the Bkool Remote App.

Adjusting the Smart Bike

The adjustments described here are general and suitable for the vast majority of people. For a more personalized adjustment, you will have to go to a fitting specialist.

If you have a bike, the easiest thing to do is to duplicate its measurements, which you will be used to.

Make an initial adjustment of all the dimensions and change them as needed after a couple of rides.

Seat height

First, make sure that the seat is completely parallel to the ground.

You an adjust or move the seat forward or backward using a number 14 wrench (not included).

Attention!

The seat height should only be adjusted when off the bike.

Never adjust it while riding.

You can adjust the seat height by raising or lowering the post. Use the knob on the stand to lock it in place.

One rule of thumb for seat height is that it should be adjusted so that if you’re standing next to the bike, it’s at the same height as the top of the hip bone (iliac crest).

Another option is to sit and with the pedal at the lowest part, place the heel such that your leg is completely straight.

 

You can also measure your inseam length and multiply it by 0.88.

The resulting length should be the same as from the center of the bottom bearing bracket to the top center of the seat, as shown in the figure.

 

After adjusting the height, get on the bike with the shoes you’re going to use, resting the ball of your foot on the pedal at its lowest position.

Your leg should be slightly bent at an angle of between 5 and 15º.

 

Height and position of handlebar

You can adjust the handlebar height by raising or lowering the stem. Use the knob on the stand to lock it in place.

You can place it at the same height as the seat or just above it. We recommend a neutral back position. The important thing is to feel comfortable while pedaling.

Use the adjustment knob to move the handlebar forward or backward as desired. As a rule of thumb, if you put your elbow at the front tip of the seat, your fingers should just touch the handlebar.

 

Your arms should be slightly bent when you rest your hands on the handlebar.

Pedals

The Bkool Smart Bike has a fixed gear system. Whenever the flywheel is moving, so will the pedals.

Attention!

Never take your feet out of the pedals while they are moving.

Adjusting the pedals

Always insert your foot securely into the pedal.

If your pedals have toecages with straps, insert your foot and tighten the strap. Make sure your foot is securely in place but not so tight that it is uncomfortable.

Tighten the strap to keep your feet from coming out.


Cleated pedals

If you have cleated pedals, be sure you clip in correctly before you start to pedal..

Braking

To brake, gradually slow your cadence until you stop.

Attention!

Do not stop pedaling suddenly or you could be injured due to the flywheel.

If you need to stop quickly, use the red lever under the handlebar.
Just press it down and hold it there to activate the brake.

Simulator, Bkool Remote app and Bkool fitness
Register

If you are not registered at bkool.com, do so now. You will need to use the same registration email and password to log into the Bkool simulator.

 

Activate your coupon

If you have a discount coupon for Bkool Premium, activate it now at activation.bkool.com

 

Bkool Simulator

Download the Bkool Simulator. For PC / Mac you can get it from bkool.com. On your tablet and smartphone, from the App Store or Google Play.

 

Bkool Remote

Download the Bkool Remote app on your smartphone from the Apple Store or Google Play.

App Bkool fitness

Download the Bkool fitness on your smartphone from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Pair the Smart Bike to the Bkool Simulator

ANT+

Connect the USB ANT+ antenna to your PC or tablet.

If using an Android tablet, you will need an additional adapter (OTG cable, not included).

The USB ANT+ antenna included is not compatible with the iPad.

Bluetooth:

In Windows, pair the Smart Bike to your PC (not needed for Mac, iPad or Android tablets).

Note: The Smart Bike can only be connected to one Bluetooth device at a time.

Make sure you have a connection to internet in the area where the Smart Bike is located.

Plug the Smart Bike into the outlet.

Log into the Bkool simulator with the email and password you used to register.

Open the Bkool Remote app on your phone, it will pair itself with the simulator.

The Bkool simulator will automatically detect the Smart Bike.

If not, go to “Settings > Pair my devices”.

Look for the Smart Bike on the list of devices detected.

Press the + icon on the right of the screen to select the Bkool Smart Bike.

Heart rate monitor

The Bkool simulator is compatible with any ANT+ or Bluetooth heart rate monitor (not included with the Bkool unit; you can get one in our Store).

Keep the heart rate monitor activated and near your computer or tablet.

The process for pairing it to the simulator is the same as for the Smart Bike.

Take the 5-min FTP test

You have to take an FTP test in order to establish your workout zones so you can take classes appropriate for your current fitness level.

You can find it in the simulator by going to “Search > Create FTP Test”.

During the test you will use the Bkool Remote app to adjust the resistance.

 

Structure of the test

Warm-up

Test: 5’ at maximum sustainable power (80-90 rpm)

Cool-down

Warm-up

It’s important to warm up properly before the test. We recommend the following:

Start out by pedaling gently, with a smooth cadence of about 80-90 RPM. You can see the cadence on the simulator 1. Try to keep the watts, 2, between 70-100W. Keep up this pace for 4 minutes.

After the 4 minutes, do three 1-minute reps at 100 RPMs. Rest for one minute at 80-90 RPMs before starting the next rep.


Test

After the warm-up and activation, you should try to keep the power as high as possible for 5 minutes.

Use the Remote app to raise or lower the gears on the Smart Bike and find your pace.

Tips

It’s normal to start out too strong and have to reduce your effort later. If you start out too hard, you’ll have to lower your output later, which will yield a score that’s lower than your true potential. Try not to start out too strong. Increase your power gradually until you reach a constant pace you can maintain until the end. Keep in mind that the test is very short. Don’t hold back too much.

Remember how you rode the test as a reference in future attempts. It’s normal for the first tests to be off. You’ll get better with practice.

Riding a class
Use the Bkool Fitness App

Download the Bkool fitness on your smartphone from the Apple Store or Google Play.

In the Bkool Fitness app you will find all classes. It is very easy to use

Doing a workout

With the Smart Bike you can do cycling workouts designed by professional trainers, perfect for improving your performance and fitness.

You can also create your own with the “Workout creator“.

The way the Smart Bike works is similar to that described earlier for the classes, with the bike adjusting automatically.

 

The Help section on our website contains more information on: Workouts

Riding a route

In addition to classes and workouts, with the Smart Bike you can ride anywhere in the world thanks to 3D World and Real Weather.

 

You will also find video routes.

 

You can find them in our simulator or on the website Sessions>Routes, just like the classes.

The Remote app lets you raise or lower the gear on the Smart Bike to adjust your pace, just like you would on a regular bike.


A higher gear means a longer distance traveled per pedal stroke, but it will require more effort. Use high gears on flats and downhills.

When you lower the gear, you simulate a shorter gear distance. You’ll need a higher cadence to move the same distance, but less effort. Use low gears when going uphill or when you want to take it easy.

Keep in mind that the Smart Bike has a fixed gear system with a flywheel. The feel is somewhat different from a conventional bike with a freewheel, but either way you’ll be able to enjoy the thousands of routes available with Bkool.

What to do if...

The simulator doesn’t detect the bike.
Make sure the bike is plugged in. If using Windows, the bike must be connected to your computer via Bluetooth before it can be synced with the simulator. Make sure it is properly connected. If using an ANT+ connection, the USB ANT+ must be connected to the computer or tablet.

A device isn’t detected.
Make sure the device is active. To detect a heart rate monitor the strap must be firmly around the chest. To detect a cadence sensor, the pedals must be turning. The USB ANT+ must be connected to the computer or tablet.

You can’t log into the simulator.
Make sure you’ve entered the same email and password you used to register at bkool.com. Make sure you have internet access and that your antivirus or firewall aren’t preventing the simulator from connecting to the internet.

Safety warnings

Smart Bike

Make sure that all of the components described in the assembly section are securely attached to the bicycle. If they are not, the user could fall of the bicycle.

Electrical connection.
Properly plug the transformer into the outlet and to the connection on the bike. Your electrical installation must conform to the standards or regulations in effect in the country where the bike is being used. The connection to the mains must be easily accessible..

Use original spare parts.
If the transformer is damaged, it must be replaced with another supplied by Bkool or by its after-sales service.

Cleaning.
To clean the bike, use a cloth dipped in water or a mild cleaning solution. Be sure to unplug it before cleaning it. Do not allow any cleaning products to enter the resistance unit.

Users

Users Users who can use the bicycle.
The bicycle is intended for use only by people who have the physical, sensory and mental abilities needed to make the effort required by any exercise routine. We recommend asking your doctor if you are fit enough to engage in the physical activity required to use the bike. Even if you meet the above requirements, you must have sufficient experience or knowledge, or have received adequate training, to use this exercise equipment.

Users who can NOT use the bicycle.
Under no circumstances should the bike be used by individuals with diminished physical, sensory or mental capacities. It is also not intended for children. The bicycle must be kept out of the reach of these individuals.

Health recommendations.
If you do not feel well while exercising, or if you feel weak, discomfort, pain or tightness of the chest, or if you are short of breath or have an irregular heartbeat, stop using the bicycle.

We recommend checking with your doctor.

Warranty

BKOOL S.L. OFFERS A LIMITED TWO-YEAR WARRANTY FROM THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE DATE. DURING THIS PERIOD, BKOOL S.L. GUARANTEES THAT THE BICYCLE WILL BE FREE FROM MATERIAL AND MANUFACTURING DEFECTS. BKOOL S.L. SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGE RESULTING FROM IMPROPER USE OF THIS PRODUCT.

Applicability.
This warranty is offered only to the original owner for bicycles purchased through the Bkool website, or its authorized distributors and stores.

Limitations and Voiding of the Warranty.
The warranty does not cover any causes not attributable to the manufacturer. The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear of the bicycle. It also does not cover any damage caused by accidents, improper use, improper care or negligence.

Warranty limitation and cancellation.
Causes not attributable to the manufacturer are excluded from the warranty. The warranty does not cover parts are worn out by the trainer’s normal use. Neither does it cover damage caused by accidents, abuse, misuse, or neglect. The warranty is voided when: (1) the trainer is used in any way different from that for which it was designed, (2) the assembly and maintenance instructions are not followed (3) the trainer has undergone repairs or attempted repairs not performed by the official technical service.

Under the aforementioned circumstances Bkool S.L. declines any responsibility for damages arisingindirectly or directly as a result.

Technical Assistance.
On bkool.com you will find information on how to get personalized technical assistance. You can also contact us via email at info@bkool.com. You may be asked to provide proof of purchase (including the date), so please keep your receipt.

CONTACT
Bkool, S.L. CIF: B 98125024.
Address: San Joaquín 3 , 28231 Las Rozas - Madrid.
SPAIN.

info@bkool.com

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