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Old 01-18-18, 04:49 PM
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Zwift - general thread - comments, questions, tips and achievements.

Thought it would be helpful to have a general Zwift thread as commenting under the level 10 post is only understood as Zwift related by those doing Zwift already. There could be some who have questions and such. Plus this could provide a central spot for Zwift related chat.
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Great idea!
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Tho stuff like the c/a Zwift race series should still be in their own thread.
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I am 9 meters away from the Everest achievement and I'm too lazy to finish it off tonight. Of course, there's another 42,000 meters to go to get that damn Tron bike after that so I'm not too fussed about it.
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I am 9 meters away from the Everest achievement and I'm too lazy to finish it off tonight. Of course, there's another 42,000 meters to go to get that damn Tron bike after that so I'm not too fussed about it.
Congrats! I am just about to polish off the ca challenge then off to climbing myself. Tron bike is so awesome!
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Great idea ... saw that you got a rocker plate. Will be interested to know your thoughts on it.

I want to make one, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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looks like I'm really getting into this zwift thing...not riding great distance, but at least I'm riding every time I can.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
I am 9 meters away from the Everest achievement and I'm too lazy to finish it off tonight. Of course, there's another 42,000 meters to go to get that damn Tron bike after that so I'm not too fussed about it.

I am working on the California challenge. About 63% there now I think. Then I will slowly work on earning the Emonda. Not sure if I will ever try for the Tron.


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Great idea ... saw that you got a rocker plate. Will be interested to know your thoughts on it.

I want to make one, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Since I'm not handy and don't have tools to make one....I had to spend the money. Since I had a dropout fail on a bike (last year) I am concerned about using on the trainer to a certain degree. Hence feeling like a rocker could be beneficial. Shipping was about 25% of the cost. But dang that shipping was FAST. Shipped from Netherlands on Monday 1/15 and was delivered to my house in So Cal on Wednesday 1/17. It is still in the box and awaits me assembling it.


My Emonda is currently on the trainer and the drivetrain is audibly clunky right now if I roll it backwards. Not sure what is going on but seems like bottom bracket or crank maybe. Going to take to LBS to diagnose. Might leave it for a tune up since I have had it for 10 months now. Only has 555 miles on it tho so not sure what is up with the noise and the clunky feel. Domane just got tuned but has no bar tape on it at moment. I could have ordered from Amazon and had it wrapped by now but I wanted to support my friend Lisa's shop so I asked her to order for me. It may arrive tomorrow but maybe not til next week.


I'm cleared to ride outside but one bike has no bar tape and would feel odd riding w/o tho I know I can. The other bike is sounding awful plus I put the awful Kickr cassette on it's wheel for time being (have new cassette at my friends shop waiting on the long cage derailleur which is still not here). Emonda has carbon wheels and thus brake pads for Carbon wheels. So I cant use the wheel for Domane which is a normal wheel but has the 11-28 cassette that the Emonda "had" prior to stealing to put on Kickr.
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Emonda has carbon wheels and thus brake pads for Carbon wheels. So I cant use the wheel for Domane which is a normal wheel but has the 11-28 cassette that the Emonda "had" prior to stealing to put on Kickr.
What if I told you... you can easily swap out the brake pads without even touching the pad carriers!

I used to swap wheels all the time. I may still.
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I've been creating custom ERG workouts to work on specific items and I note I get many more bonus points that just shot me through level 22. I don't really think about it as the prizes just don't mean much to me after getting my steel bike with Zipp 202's. Ti would sure be nice!

Mixing ERG workouts with 85% sim mode rides has catapulted me to a new fitness level. My 58th summer will be the best one of my life.

I have learned that my two bikes must be setup in their own style. They are quite different and I have learned how to feel when all is set correctly. You cannot do that on normal outdoor rides (well, I couldn't... too many variables).

Chains will be absolutely have to be replaced. I now know what a stretched chain feels like. It is a price you pay for fitness on a bike.

Someday, I will build a dedicated setup with permanent frame, rocker plate (though I have no need for this now), possible incline (if data is ever exported), a tactile shaker attached to the frame to add road vibrations (it is an amplifier that runs a silent shaker) and lighted gearing to see my gear selection in a dark room. Yeah, I'm into these things...
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Finally got lvl 8
completed my weekly goal as well, which seemed to have given me a good xp boost

edit: I forgot I got the 5 laps around the volcano achievement, that's the real reason for the extra xp

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Finally got lvl 8
completed my weekly goal as well, which seemed to have given me a good xp boost

edit: I forgot I got the 5 laps around the volcano achievement, that's the real reason for the extra xp




nice job...now do the 10 and 25 lapper...you will jump up to lvl 10 super fast then and get the "locked" routes.
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Not sure about the 25 laps, I don't think I'm ready to ride that much/long yet; I'm slowly getting back into it. I barely rode in 2017...
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Not sure about the 25 laps, I don't think I'm ready to ride that much/long yet; I'm slowly getting back into it. I barely rode in 2017...
I am still getting used to "longer" rides myself. I rode today, and made a couple of seat adjustments along the way, and I think it is much better than it was before. We will see the next time I ride how I like it. And I just (by a hair) made level 8 myself today.

I was thinking that I wouldn't attempt the 5 laps until I can do the 10 laps. The last time I tried doing volcano laps I got bored after one lap and instead rode to the top of the volcano, so doing this will take some mental preparation as well . I can't quite fathom doing 25.
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Doing 25 is a bit of a slog. But it was the fast way to level 10. 2000 xp for 10, 25 Laps plus 500 for metric century. Throw in xp for each mile or each km...
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Couple of days ago was 12 laps into the 25 of volcano circuit (trying to go from 7 to 10 in one go) when my internet went down. Everything froze up and the ride wasn’t t saved or uploaded to Strava (known issuen on AppleTV 4K). Ugh. Luckily the xp points did stick. A few rides later and am about halfway through level 9. I think I can smell the Mayan Jungle.
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Couple of days ago was 12 laps into the 25 of volcano circuit (trying to go from 7 to 10 in one go) when my internet went down. Everything froze up and the ride wasn’t t saved or uploaded to Strava (known issuen on AppleTV 4K). Ugh. Luckily the xp points did stick. A few rides later and am about halfway through level 9. I think I can smell the Mayan Jungle.
That’s a *****. I have not had that sort of issue and I have ATV 4K. I rode for 5 hours on Christmas Day to do the 25 Laps. I have only had issues with ZML connecting and staying connected
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Rocker plate arrived this week and I set it up today. No ride yet but will ride tomorrow.
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You apparently only need a wifi connection when you start zwift and when you save your ride (on a PC at least). The rest of the time you can ride solo if you want.

I got that blasted emonda bike... in richmond tonight. Nyuk.
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I rode outside Saturday (first time since surgery) and dang it....doesn’t count toward California challenge
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I rode outside Saturday (first time since surgery) and dang it....doesn’t count toward California challenge
I got in a 40 mile ride with the local Potomac Pedalers club and not once did anyone say "Ride On" - very disappointed...

Last winter was my first using Zwift and doing a lot of indoor riding over the winter, and I remember in March when I got back outside that (A) I was in much better shape in March than any previous years; and (2) it felt strange to use the brakes, look behind me for traffic; and (III) real hills are very different than Zwift hills.
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Some discussion about the "trainer difficulty" setting.

This jumped out at me:

Move the slider right and climbs feel tougher. In fact, set the slider to “Max” and your Zwift climbs feel as challenging as outdoor climbs of the same steepness. Remember that downhills get steeper, too. You can find yourself going so fast that spinning the pedals adds little more speed.
Hmmmm
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Well, Sunday was good day in Zwift land for me. I reached level 10, and more importantly(?) I found out that the wireless remote temperature probe for my smoker has enough range to reach the bike trainer. In true Clyde fashion, I was multi tasking burning calories and cooking them at the same time. Smoked a turkey, some brats, and some potatoes(just filling space with them). There's not many rest stops that smell that delicious.
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I was contemplating the 25-laps around the volcano either this weekend or next, and starting to think about what I needed to have on hand ahead of time (gel, granola bar, banana, that sort of thing).

When I woke up this morning I had a sore throat .
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Well, Sunday was good day in Zwift land for me. I reached level 10, and more importantly(?) I found out that the wireless remote temperature probe for my smoker has enough range to reach the bike trainer. In true Clyde fashion, I was multi tasking burning calories and cooking them at the same time. Smoked a turkey, some brats, and some potatoes(just filling space with them). There's not many rest stops that smell that delicious.
That's fantastic!

I'm an avid meat smoker as well, though I don't do much of it during the winter.
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