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Old 10-20-22, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
Ok. I just bought a trainer and am going to give Zwift a try based on this thread. Might I be able to ask the group for help (if needed) as this a all new stuff for me?
There is an indoor cycling forum here too, but yeah I would go here for anything first. Its c&v- the people are a wealth of knowledge, even on modern tech(though they dont always want to admit it).
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Old 10-20-22, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
Ok. I just bought a trainer and am going to give Zwift a try based on this thread. Might I be able to ask the group for help (if needed) as this a all new stuff for me?
So a couple of things I learned from using Zwift and a smart trainer a fair amount last winter:

--If your smart trainer is really "smart," you'll only need one gear, i.e., no need to shift. At first, I spent a fair amount of time shifting gears until I realized that the trainer itself would provide resistance on "climbs" or when I needed to up the effort.
--I like following Zwift training plans rather than "just ride" or participating in group rides. The structure and interval training really makes time go so much more quickly than just spinning away. I might try more group rides this year or even races, but essentially I'm not particularly interested in the social aspects of the product (and they push the social bits quite strongly).
--At first, I used a crappy saddle that I had around, mostly because I wanted to keep the good saddles for bikes I ride outside. Big mistake! It was fine for 30-minute rides, but anything longer was very painful. I'm now running a Brooks C15 with cutout, my favorite saddle these days.
--I'm also running flattish pedals and toe clips as you can see in the pic above--it's my only bike with toe clips! I'm likely to switch to SPDs this year as that's what I run outside and toe clips will give me hot spots on longer (e.g., an hour or more) training rides.
--You will sweat--a lot! As others have pointed out, the use of fans, towels, sweat mats, etc., is essential (as is having a filled water bottle at all times).
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Old 10-20-22, 08:31 AM
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My old setup (with rollers on a platform providing motion):


My current setup (Elite Direto XR, stationary):

Both setups ran/run Zwift on a computer that sent the images to an overhead projector using the far wall as a ~11' diagonal screen.​​​​​​​
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Old 10-20-22, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
So a couple of things I learned from using Zwift and a smart trainer a fair amount last winter:

--If your smart trainer is really "smart," you'll only need one gear, i.e., no need to shift. At first, I spent a fair amount of time shifting gears until I realized that the trainer itself would provide resistance on "climbs" or when I needed to up the effort.
--I like following Zwift training plans rather than "just ride" or participating in group rides. The structure and interval training really makes time go so much more quickly than just spinning away. I might try more group rides this year or even races, but essentially I'm not particularly interested in the social aspects of the product (and they push the social bits quite strongly).
--At first, I used a crappy saddle that I had around, mostly because I wanted to keep the good saddles for bikes I ride outside. Big mistake! It was fine for 30-minute rides, but anything longer was very painful. I'm now running a Brooks C15 with cutout, my favorite saddle these days.
--I'm also running flattish pedals and toe clips as you can see in the pic above--it's my only bike with toe clips! I'm likely to switch to SPDs this year as that's what I run outside and toe clips will give me hot spots on longer (e.g., an hour or more) training rides.
--You will sweat--a lot! As others have pointed out, the use of fans, towels, sweat mats, etc., is essential (as is having a filled water bottle at all times).
Thanks for this. The trainer is a "smart one" so this info is really helpful.
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Old 10-20-22, 09:09 AM
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If you have a smart trainer, I like setting the trainer difficulty (should actually be called trainer realism) to roughly 30-ish%. That way I can still feel the difference on hills and things but I still get resistance to pedal against on downhills and can keep into a few gears as well (generally 54x14, going down to 13 or 12 on hard efforts in races or up to 15 or 17 on hills) but do most of my power modulation through how hard I push on the pedals or my cadence. Some people prefer to set the difficulty at 100% to match outside and do a lot more shifting than I do, but I like to not have to worry about that so much.
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Old 10-20-22, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
If you have a smart trainer, I like setting the trainer difficulty (should actually be called trainer realism) to roughly 30-ish%. That way I can still feel the difference on hills and things but I still get resistance to pedal against on downhills and can keep into a few gears as well (generally 54x14, going down to 13 or 12 on hard efforts in races or up to 15 or 17 on hills) but do most of my power modulation through how hard I push on the pedals or my cadence. Some people prefer to set the difficulty at 100% to match outside and do a lot more shifting than I do, but I like to not have to worry about that so much.
Along these lines, I definitely recommend doing an FTP (functional threshold power) test for your first ride or so. That’ll set the resistance mark for your smart trainer. You can always adjust it up or down, but I’m good with where mine is set.

Btw, I did the workout called “the wringer” just a bit ago. Very intense and highly recommended!
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Old 10-20-22, 11:15 AM
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Is there still any cadence in setting up a bike forums C&V Zwift group ride as mentioned way above? I get best inspired riding in the group rides or races then just riding by myself or doing the training plans. The only training plans I enjoyed was when they did them in a group! ha ha

I've been Zwifting since 2017 and though I still enjoy it as an alternative to riding for real, come February I'm searching for inspiration so maybe riding with a group on a regular basis might be fun.
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Old 10-20-22, 11:27 PM
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I've put quite a few miles on Zwift since I've been using it as recovery for the various surgeries I've gone through. Unfortunately, I've had major connection issues since their last update, so I haven't used it much lately.
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Old 10-21-22, 05:00 AM
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Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
Ok. I just bought a trainer and am going to give Zwift a try based on this thread. Might I be able to ask the group for help (if needed) as this a all new stuff for me?
There's an indoor biking section, also a good place for answers.
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Old 10-21-22, 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Maohaus View Post
"Bike Forums Classic and Vintage" in Zwift.
OK, I'll look for the club.
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Old 10-21-22, 06:14 AM
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I started Zwifting last winter and love the environment and people. I've joined a club/team and have participated in the WTRL race league, making friends from around the world along the way. It's awesome.
I bought a used Kickr from a friend and use it with an AppleTV, first version, and the companion app. I seldom have a problem but I live in an area with good internet wifi and a low population so good bandwidth and no interference.
The cost is modest for the benefits imo.
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Old 10-21-22, 08:13 AM
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My old Cannondale from 1987 is permanently mounted on the trainer.
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Old 10-31-22, 06:02 PM
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Ok. I am set up and have done a couple of rides. I think I am figuring it out......



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Old 11-01-22, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by embankmentlb View Post

My old Cannondale from 1987 is permanently mounted on the trainer.
Train in the bathroom- wherever there is space!
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Train in the bathroom- wherever there is space!
I like it, straight off the bike and into the shower. Save some time! ha ha

Not sure my wife would agree with that though
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Train in the bathroom- wherever there is space!
Minimalist lifestyle.

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