- Record your Wattbike session on to a USB stick
- Install the Wattbike Expert Software and import the session from the USB stick
- Select “Analyse” / “Export analysis modules” to export a DAT file
- Go to wattbike2garmin to convert your DAT file to a TCX
- Import the TCX into Garmin Connect / Strava etc
You can plug a USB stick into a Wattbike and get some WSE files with loads of information about your workout, however those files are not recognised by Garmin or Strava etc. Garmin/Strava require TCX files. In order to convert the WSE files to TCX we need to import the WSE files into the “Wattbike Expert Software”, which allows us to export to a DAT file. We can then use a web-site to convert the DAT files to TCX – then we can upload the workout to Garmin/ Strava.
This blog post explains how to do this…
Recording your workout
Before you start your training session on the wattbike, simply plug a USB stick into the bike – The USB port is on the back of the computer/display at the front of the bike. Note: Make sure there is nothing on the USB stick that you want to keep because the Wattbike will first format the USB stick.
Select ‘Just ride’ and complete your work-out as normal. Pressing ESC at the end of the session will display a status bar showing ‘transferring files to USB’. This may scroll through a couple of times but will eventually complete. You may then take the USB stick out.
Wattbike Exert Software
Once back at home you’ll need to install the Wattbike Expert Software – Go to Wattbike and click on the “Expert Software” download button.
This will download the installer executable which you’ll need to run to install the software.
Once installed and running you should have a screen like below…
Plug your USB stick into the computer and click on “Device” / “Transfer Data from Logger”. Then click on the ‘USB Stick’ option when the below screen is presented.
Select the appropriate drive. (There will probably be just one shown).
You are then presented with the following screen…
You probably want to click on “Import all sessions”, or you can select “Session Details” and pick individual sessions to import.
If you do decide to import just some sessions then they are listed with the most recent first. (Note: The date and time is taken from the Wattbike, so if it is wrong on the Wattbike then it’ll be wrong on the screen below).
You’ll next be prompted to create a user. You’ll need to populate the names, height, weight and birth-year in order to proceed. (In future this screen will show your existing user at the bottom of the screen thus meaning you won’t need to enter your details again.)
You are then taken back to the initial ‘transfer sessions from USB’ screen. Just wait – It might take a few seconds – but eventually you’ll be presented with the following screen.
At this point I selected the ‘open file’ option and the software locked up! So, I killed the process via task manager, re-opened the application, clicked on Exit on the splash screen and selected “File” / “Open personal file from database”. I selected myself on the below screen…
Once I’d clicked on myself then the list of sessions were displayed. From here you can export each session. Simply double click on the session and wait for it to load up. You’ll be presented with a screen something like below…
At this point we can select the “Analyse” menu and then select “Export analysis modules”.
I left everything ticked as it was and just pressed the “Export” button. You’ll be prompted for a location to save the file and then it will export the data for you. (Note: You will hopefully see some feedback in the bar to the left of the ‘Export’ button to show that it has exported, however if your computer is quick and/or the session is short then you might not see this!)
At this point we have the DAT file.
Converting the DAT file to a TCX file
We must now convert this to a TCX to upload to Garmin. This is the easy bit! Browse to wattbike2garmin and select the “Choose File” button. Select the DAT file you just exported, fill in the date and time and then select “Convert File Now”.
The conversion is pretty quick and you should receive a TCX file in no time at all.
You should now be able to connect to Garmin, Strava or wherever and select to manually upload the TCX file, whereupon you’ll see your speed, power and cadence (and heart rate if you paired a heart rate monitor with the Wattbike).
If you find that the Wattbike Expert software does not recognise your USB stick then it may be that the Wattbike did not format the USB stick properly and thus all the files are in the wrong location.
The correct file structure is as below, with a single folder in the root called “WATTBIKE Expert”. Under that there will be a “SessionFiles” folder with an “UnknownUser” folder and then all the WSE files (one for each work out).
However, I have seen one instance (Rob’s comment below) where it appears that the Wattbike did not format the USB stick correctly and we ended up with a structure like below…
You can see that instead of there being a “WATTBIKE Expert” folder, there is a file with that name! Then all the WSE files are in the root. Trying to import these into the Wattbike Expert Software won’t work – the USB stick won’t be listed. If this happens to you then you’ll need to manually create the correct structure (right-click, new-folder etc) and then move all the XML files into the “WATTBIKE Expert\XMLFiles\UnknownUser” folder and move all the WSE files into the “WATTBIKE Expert\SessionFiles\UnknownUser”. You should then be able to import the data into the Wattbike Expert Software application.
It will be interesting to see, now that the folder/file structure is correct, whether future workouts transfer to the correct location on the USB stick.