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Two years ago, I wrote a posted titled “Why You Need a ANT+ USB Key,” which has been one of my more popular posts. If you train indoors at all, I recommend you give it a read, and see how this little gizmo will make riding inside much more effective and, dare I say, fun!

Since the time of my original post, there have been a few changes in the market, with more options now available.  The ‘standard’ is still a Garmin unit, but they now make a smaller, more compact version than they did in 2013. It’s similar to, but more readily available than the more expensive Suunto Movestick Mini I mentioned in the last post, in that it doesn’t stick out as far, and thus has a much lower chance of getting broken off or pulled out by mistake. This makes the updated Garmin my recommended buy at this point if that’s an issue to you.

Garmin USB ANT+ Stick

Garmin USB ANT+ Stick

For those not wanting to spend quite as much, there’s also a cheaper version now available on Amazon. It’s called the Docooler USB ANT+ Stick, and costs only $15! It’s the ‘larger size’ (like a USB Thumbdrive, or the older style Garmin) which means it’s more prone to getting bumped or broken, but at the price, it may be worth a shot! Reviews are limited, but mostly good, with only a couple reports of driver issues. In theory,  ANT+ should always work with ANT+ (it’s a standard), so this should work in any application where the other sticks work. I think if I break or lose my Garmin stick, I’ll be getting one of these. Why spend more? This makes the Docooler USB ANT Stick my current recommendation!

Docooler USB ANT Stick

Docooler USB ANT Stick

Comments

Pingback from DARREN COPE » Why You Need an ANT+ USB Key
Time February 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

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Comment from DCT
Time February 25, 2015 at 7:54 pm

FWIW – The Suunto is less expensive than the Garmin, and was I think when I bought it in December. They are ridiculously expensive for what they are…

Comment from David George
Time May 30, 2015 at 5:02 am

Hi Darren, I’ve tested the DCooler with my product: WattzAp and it works just like any other ANT+. The DCooler was on sale on ebay for under 10 dollars delivered last year but I can’t find anyone doing it now.

Comment from darrencope
Time June 1, 2015 at 6:54 am

Thanks David! Good to know! I also linked to WattzApp from my Cycling Software page. Nice looking app!

Comment from Mercedes
Time October 12, 2016 at 5:53 pm

Hi! does it work with the garming swim watch? thanks!

Comment from darrencope
Time October 17, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Work to do what? If the watch transmits on ANT+, then it will enable your computer to receive whatever it transmits. I also think (but cannot confirm) that some of the watches will allow you to update settings from the PC to the watch via ANT+

Comment from Todd Westley
Time January 15, 2022 at 10:26 am

I wrote software that translates the motion of Wahoo Cycling Speed [ANT+] sensor into a virtual joystick throttle axis. I use the software to play an open-source flight simulator, FlightGear. Basically, the faster I pedal the bike on a trainer, the faster the simulated plane goes. My software is slightly more complicated: For instance, the software accounts for the trainer’s resistance changing as the trainer heats up. I know little about software development; I have gotten little feedback from anyone. If you venture onto forum.flightgear.org and seach for “Wahoo Speed Sensor”, you will find details of the software. Although I attempted to translate the software from Linux to Windows, I no longer have access to a Windows computer. [I am not willing to pay money for an operating system. I think the Windows software works but never tested it. The C Sharp source code is available if you want to develop it yourself.] My software requires use on the linux console. I suspect most people prefer double clicking something; I like the console and its sparse feedback.

I want to share the challenge (physical and mental) of operating FlightGear and spinning on a bike trainer simultaneously with others.

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