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Road Zwift, who is on it?

Discussion in 'Cycling Department Forum' started by norbs, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. norbs

    norbs Member

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    It is winter here in Australia, so i am getting a lot of use out of my new Kickr Snap.

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    Anyone else using Zwift? This from last nights Aussie HDR. 249 riders.

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  2. Petra

    Petra Well-Known Member

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    @norbs : I'm not on Zwift, looks cool! 249 riders, crowded ;)

    I was intriged by the SUFFER banner on the side though. :p I looked up the website (thesufferfest.com)...do you use this website for training?
     
  3. norbs

    norbs Member

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    The Sufferfest is an awesome training aid. I have reviewed quite a few of the videos.

    http://www.nonprocycling.com/sufferfest-video-reviews-2/

    Highly recommended. If you sign up, tell them norbs sent you. ;)
     
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  4. Bram

    Bram Senior Member

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    I have a premium subscription on Strava. Does that mean I have access to Zwift as well? What kind of device would I need to get this running?

    Looks like a fabulous solution for the winter @norbs!
     
  5. Frederic Schornstein

    Frederic Schornstein Active Member

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    I saw it a few times as well. Does it work well with more basic trainers? These smart trainers are a bit to expensive. For the next 5 I will enjoy the weather outside, but maybe in January/February it would be good.
     
  6. Ricoow

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    That looks oddly satisfying :eek: If only I had the moneys
     
  7. norbs

    norbs Member

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    Premium Strava gives you 2 months of Zwift.

    You will need a turbo trainer and an ANT+ dongle.

    Lots of info here. http://zwift.com/what-is-it/
     
  8. norbs

    norbs Member

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    List here... http://zwift.com/what-is-it/supported-trainers/
     
  9. Wayne Morgan

    Wayne Morgan Member

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    Hi @norbs I have just got my self a turbo trainer, only a basic one, not a smart one. Tacx Booster.

    I done a workout last night, one from the academy section, pre-test ride. From doing that I have a question.

    How do I know what resistance level to set when climbing?

    The section I was was quite hilly, around 9-10% for the last 4-5 miles of the ride. As I was only doing the pre-test ride I just left the resistance a level 2 and just concentrated on keeping to the watts it told me to put out.

    Should I have been adjusting the resistance even though it was only a pre-test ride?

    Is there a guide for people with manual resistance levers to know what to set when climbing?

    By the way, it was fun. Can't wait actually be in a position to do a race.
     
  10. norbs

    norbs Member

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    Sorry mate. I have a smart trainer, so not sure how to go about sorting you out.
     
  11. Wayne Morgan

    Wayne Morgan Member

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    Ah ok mate, no problems.
     
  12. Ricoow

    Ricoow Active Member

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    I am seriously considering a smart trainer for the winter, total setup cost for 500 euro's :eek:

    Does it feel like you are actually riding a bike (besides the wind)? Do you feel the muscles getting sore after a while?
     
  13. norbs

    norbs Member

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    Yep. On Zwift it is great. I did a 101km ride yesterday and i am very sore today.
     
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  14. Frederic Schornstein

    Frederic Schornstein Active Member

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    Which kind of trainer are you thinking about?
     
  15. Ricoow

    Ricoow Active Member

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    Ive seen a tecx smart trainer for 330. (Does need additional ANT+ USB Dongle for the PC, but that isnt expensive) A mat under it for 30 (euros btw) and I am good to go :p Will do so when autumn strikes holland probably
     
  16. norbs

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    One thing to keep in mind, Zwift is basically a 3D game. So a reasonable PC is needed.
     
  17. Ricoow

    Ricoow Active Member

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    Thanks, but it handles BF4 on Ultra so that shouldn't be any problem at all!

    Also have two more questions for you;
    How does your speed and distance on zwift compare to outside?
    Doesn't it get boring sitting 3 hours in front of your pc screen?
     
  18. norbs

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    Ha, well yes, your PC will be fine. Most gamers will be fine. Others that try and run it on an i3 laptop, not so much.

    Speed and distance are close. I can go faster on Zwift for sure. I averaged 33kph for the 100kms. Apparently a lot of that is because the roads in Zwift are silky smooth. Normally the country roads I ride on are terrible. I know when I go to Adelaide for Tour Down under i average higher speeds on the flat because the roads are a lot better. If you are into numbers, this is a good read... http://zwiftblog.com/tests/

    Boring, not really. I had a 2nd monitor set up and was watching episodes of Archer. ;)
     
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  19. FLOKI

    FLOKI Member

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    Hi guys and gals new here and a big lover of Zwift.
    a great training / just spinning the peddle aid. I'm time poor so with ut it i am being dropped on group rides.
    with it i can contest and sometimes win the sprints all be it c grade riders i am no spring chicken.

    I have a TACX Vortex did my research on DC Rainmaker before buying and it works well and has a good road feel.
     

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