What subscription options do you offer and how much does it cost ?
Where is the link to purchase a subscription ?
Where can I see my subscription details ?
Use My Account or 'Dashboard / Account' link in the left navigation bar.
What is a family subscription option ?
You can have up to 3 members of the same household (primary user + 2 family members) use the same subscription at no extra cost. They can use different computers and logins, but have to reside in the same household.
How do I add a family member to my subscription ?
Use This Form or 'Support / Family Subscription' link in the left navigation bar. Please make sure that a BigRing account with the email address of your family member is created before submitting a request, we can't add an account to your subscription if it does not exist.
What payment options are available to purchase a subscription ?
Major credit cards and Paypal.
What happens if I cancel the subscription early ?
No problem! You can continue to use BingRingVR until the end of your current billing period. Use My Account or 'Dashboard / Account' link in the left navigation bar to see your subscription details.
I am on monthly subscription, do I need to submit payments every month ?
No need to do that, it will be charged automatically.
Do I need to have a subscription to use BigRingVR for local rides I recorded myself ?
No, subscription is needed for streaming of web rides only.
I downloaded several of your rides, will they work without subscription ?
No, you will need a subscription to stream in real life or use downloaded rides.
Account and Trial
Do you offer a trial period, when does it start ?
Yes, try it for free for 14 days, no credit card required. Sign-up here.
Trial starts when you create a BigRingVR account. If you signed up, but did not have a chance to ride during the trial window, please send us an email so we can extend it.
I signed in the application with my Google account, but I am getting an 'invalid account' error.
Make sure you Create a BigRingVR account on the web site before you try to sign-in to the application. It only takes a couple of minutes.
I don't see the Google Sign-in button when trying to create an account.
It may be because you have cookies disabled, which is required by Google, or use Ad blockers. We don't have any ads on our web site, so temporarily disabling Ad blocker or enabling cookies should fix the problem.
Video, download and streaming
How good is your video quality ?
That depends a lot on your hardware and internet connection speed. We stream in 1080 and 720 quality, if your set up can handle higher resolution and internet stream, then you will get 1080 quality. More information can be found here. Also check out some of our demo videos with many more coming.
Should I use a 720p or 1080p video option ?
We recommend 720p for the initial test. If your computer hardware meets recommended requirements then use 1080p for the best video quality. If your video stops or starts stuttering during the ride, it is better to use 720p. Another (and better) option is to run a test to automatically determine optimal video quality setting (Preferences/User Profile/Determine Web ride settings). It will test both Internet connection speed and GPU performance and will set the best options.
Should I stream the ride live or use the 'download ride' option ?
If your internet connection is fast enough for real life streaming then there is no need to download the ride.
When should I use the 'download ride' option ?
If your internet connection is not fast enough and you are getting 'download buffer low' messages during live stream, then you should try to download the ride option. Another reason to download the ride is when you want to ride 1080 videos and your connection is only fast enough for 720, make sure to select the 1080p option before downloading.
How can I find the rides I downloaded ?
Click on checkbox 'Only show downloaded rides' in the APP top left corner.
Running the Application
Will it work with my trainer ?
Most likely, we support a wide range of trainers.
Do you support Bluetooth ?
Currently we support only ANT+, we plan to introduce Bluetooth in one of the future releases.
Where can I find TCX files of my activities?
TCX files are saved in the folder Big-Ring\Rides, under your Documents folder.
I don't have time to ride the full course, can I select only the portion of the ride?
It is very easy to create a custom course. When on the main application screen, pick the ride then click 'Create a new course' button on the right side of the screen, above the elevation profile. Select the part of the ride by dragging sliders, give your custom course a name, click Save. You will now see 'Complete course' and your custom course in the courses box. Select you custom course, click Start.
Is it possible to do BigRingVR rides while another app (eg TrainerRoad) controls the resistance on my Smart Trainer?
Yes, in preferences you can create a ANT+ configuration that uses your Trainer as a power meter, but not as a controllable smart trainer. When creating the configuration, make sure to set the smart trainer to "Don't use" and set the power meter to the power channel of the smart trainer.
What effect does changing "Trainer Difficulty" setting have on Smart Trainer ?
Setting "Trainer Difficulty" lower than 100% will decrease resistance on climbs and decrease resistance on downhills. For instance, if you set it to 50%, a grade of 10% will be communicated to the trainer as 5%. BigRingVR's speed calculations will still be done using the original grades, so it will not make you faster. You can regard it as a virtual low gears. The default setting for BigRingVR is 100%.
My ANT+ stick is properly installed, but it cannot be found by the BigRingVR application.
If you have any Garmin or Suunto applications (Garmin Express, Suunto Movescount, etc) running in the background, they may block USB port and ANT+ communication. Disabling or closing them should resolve the issue. If this does not help, remove/insert ANT+ USB stick, this will reset ANT+ channel that might be blocked by other applications.
Application says 'ANT+ stick found', but the App can't see my smart trainer or other ANT+ devices.
If it's a Cycplus dongle, then the problem is that that manufacturer has made ANT dongles that do not support the complete ANT standard. It's a hardware bug in the Cycplus stick, you can read more information on the subject here.
BKool Smart+ Trainer is not recognized in the APP.
Not all BKool trainers have ANT+ FE-C (the ANT+ smart trainer protocol) enabled by default, which is required to work with BigRingVR. You can use the BKool software to check this and enable ANT+ FE-C if necessary, follow this link to support article with more information.
I get the error "Connection refused: localhost:50823" when trying to login from application using Google account
Some Anti-virus applications may cause this error. Temporarily disabling them should resolve the issue. Google sign-in only needs to be done once, so there should be no issues for subsequent sign-ins when anti-virus is enabled.
Can I use BigRingVR for rides locally stored on my computer?
Yes, but not all. Some of the RLV publishers (e.g. TACX) encrypt their control files, so they can't be used in BigRingVR. If your RLV comes with GPX, RLV or PGMF file, then it can be used with BigRingVR. Please note that only rides with GPX files have GPS data and will show correctly on the map when uploaded to Strava, others will only show ride metrics without a map. Location of your local rides can be configured in Preferences/Videos.
Can I upload my videos and make them available to others?
Currently we are not offering this functionality. You can share your rides with others by posting your RLV on one of the Internet storage sites and allowing them to download it to their hard drive. It can then be run in BigRingVR locally.
For GPX files, please make sure that:
1. Video file and control file have the same name, except for their extension. So for example my_local_ride.mp4 and my_local_ride.gpx.
2. The GPX file contains a track and each track point contains a timestamp.
3. The gpx track and video file start at the same location, so the video and gps track are in sync.
Where can I find screenshots and how can I attach them to my Strava ride?
Screenshots are saved in the folder Big-Ring\Screenshots, under your Documents folder. Unfortunately we cannot automatically upload them to Strava, as the Strava does not offer that possibility in their public API. To add images to your Strava ride: open your ride in Strava, click 'Edit Activity', drag images to Photos section.