Tacx flow 1680 trainer

Wulz
Wulz Posts: 100
edited August 2011 in Road beginners
Hi Folks,

Im looking for some info on the Tacx flow 1680 trainer.

I have been offered one for a good price (i think!) but im not sure if all the parts are there.

I have already identified that the original QR for the back wheel is missing and the cadence magnet also. The part im not sure about is the HR monitoring. The Tacx website lists HR as one of the params but there does not appear to be a strap or any other kind of HR sensor there. So question is do they all have HR monitoring or is it an option? if it should be there i cant see it as a spare on the Tacx web site.

Any info/opinions on this unit would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Willie

Comments

  • jma001
    jma001 Posts: 11
    Hi,


    I am not 100% on this but i dont think the tacx 1680 comes supplied with a HRM strap. I think it is compatable with a polar HRM which you will need to buy.


    regards

    jma
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,860
    ^^^this

    polar non-coded hrm strap should be compatible
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Yup, Flow doesn't come with a HR strap but any uncoded HRM strap will do - I use a Ciclosport because the batteries are user-replaceable (unlike Polar). Any normal bike computer wheel magnet taped to the crank will suffice for cadence. Something to be aware of with the Flow is that the head unit doesn't like damp / cold - I store mine indoors and it works fine - leave it outside for a bit in an unheated shed and the LCD doesn't work.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Wulz
    Wulz Posts: 100
    Thanks for that, sounds like what i was looking for. The added bonus is that i might have a polar HRM strap knocking about from my good ladies polar RS100/

    Nice to know about the moisture issue also.

    Im able to pick up the trainer for £100 at about a year old, my look around told me this was a decent price, what do you think?

    Thanks again

    Willie
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    £100 is good price make surechead unit works as they're £100 to replace
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Wulz
    Wulz Posts: 100
    No worries monty, already had the head unit up and running. All seems good so far with speed and power readings. the seller is a good pal so he`s not looking for cash untill we have established that it works fully. He has recently inherited it from his brother and has no use for it not being a cyclist.

    only thing i need to do now is go through the cal process as i was unable to change the resistance from the head unit the other day. Im hoping that post cal it all starts to make sense. The pdf manual i have looks pretty clear so ill give the cal a go.

    First trainer for me so lots to learn.

    Cheers

    Willie