Hey @TM1! Regardless of which Wahoo Kickr you decide to invest in, there are a few accessories that I would recommend picking up to get the most out of your smart trainer. I’ve trained on several different generations of Kickr’s since 2014 and have learned a lot along the way. I’m happy to share my knowledge!
A fan is a must have to keep the air flowing. A small table fan or box fan will do the trick, but has some drawbacks compared to a training specific fan such as the Wahoo Kickr Headwind. The Headwind can be controlled via Bluetooth, which means you can turn the unit on and off, adjust fan speed, and decide whether or not you want airflow to be controlled by heart rate or by simulated bike speed, all from the comfort of your saddle via your smartphone or tablet. The headwind is also small, quiet, and delivers airflow at a precise angle. The Headwind is a game changer!
A training mat such as the Wahoo Kickr Bike Trainer Floor Mat or Saris Training Mat is a great accessory and serves several purposes. Not only will it help protect your floors from friction and sweat, it also absorbs vibration caused by the trainer to make for an even quieter ride. Additionally, it keeps the sweat off of your floor and can be hand washed to help minimize odor.
Regardless of whether or not you use a heart rate monitor when riding outdoors, consider one for indoor training. A heart rate monitor can be beneficial as another data source to help gauge your workout effort. Utilizing heart rate in conjunction with power and cadence will give you tons of data to get the most out of your workout.
Depending on what kind of device you are connecting your Kickr to the Wahoo ANT+ USB Dongle might be a must-have. It allows non ANT+ compatible devices to receive ANT+ signals from your sensors.
A friendly-on-your-wallet must-have accessory is an old towel to keep the sweat off your bike. When you’re cranking up Alpe du Zwift on your new Kickr you’re going to be dumping sweat! The moisture and salt tends to seep into your stem bolts, headset, frame, braze-ons, and just about everywhere else on your bike. Not only can this cause rust, seize up parts, or inflict damage, it also means you have to spend more time cleaning your bike and less time riding.
Pro tip --> Use electrical tape to cover up braze-on bolt holes or other critical areas to keep the sweat out.
Enjoy your new Wahoo Kickr!!! Tailwinds!