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Started 3 years, 6 months ago by Roy TrentLatest reply from Roy Trent 2 years, 7 months ago
Is anyone using Zwift (or similar app) for training?
I ride under the tag R Trent Col OH
Nope, I go ride outside.
I’m with you, but sometimes weather and time do not permit. I prefer outside as well.
Madison, WI winters can be a bit rough,so I’ll use it a bit when it’s cold. Once it’s over 30, I’m outdoors.
I use it for a couple of reasons. Weather and convenience are two of the primary ones. Streets here are still a mess with snow and ice.
Ride under my name.
I like it because it’s convenient for getting in a quick workout with minimal prep. It also means I don’t need to deal with several miles of traffic before riding in earnest. Winter riding offers some interesting challenges as well, such as unpredictable traction and cars that are even less likely to be expecting you as they are in good weather. Finally, I like having a built-in coach to guide me in targeted training when I’m not just doing a “fun ride”.
Oh – and there’s no need to clean my bike after a Zwift ride!
I ride under the name “Lance Bangstrong Hasher”
I don’t use Zwift but I log my miles using Strava! Looking to connect with people too and see if there are similar trainings available on those apps! This is my first time going to ragbrai :0)
I used zwift when it first came out and liked it. Seems like quite a few people are using trainer road now too. Both sync with strava.
A question for those currently using Zwift. What smart trainers are you using? It seems like the Wahoo Kickr is the most popular. The late Spring here has me thinking of getting a smart trainer and using Zwift starting in the fall.
You don’t need a smart trainer to use zwift. I use a fluid 2 but the smart trainers definitely seem like they would be way better.
I have a cyclops fluid2 and pro, and the cyclops Magnus. By far I enjoy the Magnus (smart Training) the most with Zwift. I just ride and it takes care of the resistance. I actually react closer to natural bike riding, where as the “Dumb” trainers I would just spin.
I have a Kinetic Rock and Roll smart. I’ve used dumb trainers on Zwift, it’s no big deal. On the smart trainer you get the work load changes. With the Rock and Roll I can move the bike below me. If you use Zwift don’t forget to check out the workouts.
A friend of mine has the Wahoo Kicker and I use the Cycleops Hammer. I just rode the Zwift Richmond race course tonight. I have ridden part of that actual course before as part of a century ride from Richmond to Williamsburg and back and I think Zwift did a good job with the feel. The smart trainer and the auto resistance is what makes it work. Otherwise you have to shift to a higher gear to make the inclines tougher.
Roy, I just friended you on Companion. Level 7? You better get Zwifting.
It has really helped me get the 1000 hours saddle time for RAGBRAI. I’m riding a Cyclops Fluid 2.
I have not done any Zwifting since the weather got suitable in March but I will get back on it this winter. I think it is a great tool for bad weather. I assume the Companion is part of the Zwift app, I have not friended anyone on Zwift yet. I do not even know what Zwift level I am. We will keep an eye open for you in a few weeks.
And, if you add in inride to your old kinetic ($50) you can get real power numbers into zwift. It’s a really cool little upgrade I’m older model kinetics
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