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Has anyone tried Zwift? If so, how was it?

Old 03-08-15, 08:09 PM
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Has anyone tried Zwift? If so, how was it?

Do people actually play that game? Or will i pretty much be riding solo since its on beta right now?
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Old 03-08-15, 08:16 PM
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Thousands are on the beta. I think I can guarantee that you won't be riding alone.
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Old 03-08-15, 10:08 PM
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got it, love it...lots of improvements needed before it gets out of beta (like more courses), but the beta is pretty slick. racing against others virtually in real time is pretty good motivation.
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It's pretty cool. Lots of variation in rider capability. As mentioned, you won't be alone, I've sen anywhere from 30 to 80 riders at any one time. If you have an account, the android app will let you see who's logged in.

I agree, it does need some improvements to be prime time. It's also nice if you don't have a power meter and have an approved trainer to be able to use their virtual power to train with.

Here's a clip if you want to see what it's like. (Not my clip and the transparent blue guys are program AI riders)


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I signed up and was notified that I will be #10 ,001 on the list. they send me updates every now and then.
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Old 03-09-15, 12:52 PM
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I have been a tester since late Jan. I have a dumb trainer but a power meter. As long as you base you efforts on the speed on the screen versus the bike computer your ok. Now there are enough testers that there is always someone to ride with or against. The AI riders are also present. Zwift Island is just like your favorite test loop. Much better than watching TV or spin videos while on the trainer.
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Old 03-09-15, 12:58 PM
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Watching that video, I feel like wild animals should be jumping out from the bushes and trying to eat you. Other than that....well, if a trainer is your thing, more power to you. I'll see you outside
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Old 03-09-15, 03:03 PM
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I would rather ride outside than ride the trainer, but weather conditions and scheduling prevents one from attending that group ride. Zwift is a much better than option when you have to ride the trainer.
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I'm in SoCal and have really enjoyed Zwift. With my limited riding time, I can get more out of my time by riding indoors so will continue to use trainerroad and Zwift. Will be able to do both simultaniously once I buy a second ant+ usb stick.
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Old 03-14-15, 09:18 AM
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I'm in SoCal and have really enjoyed Zwift. With my limited riding time, I can get more out of my time by riding indoors so will continue to use trainerroad and Zwift. Will be able to do both simultaniously once I buy a second ant+ usb stick.
Hey now there's a thought! I use both, and was thinking about superimposing a TR workout with the interactive parts of Zwift. I happen to have two sticks since I had to get a USB2 for Zwift. Thanks for the idea!
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I love it, but I prefer to ride outdoors unless there is ice and snow. For indoor workouts though, it's hard to beat. The fact that there are other people, real people, in there with you is very motivating. It's very videogame-like, with points and unlocks and such, and those also serve to make it a bit more interesting. I will keep using it, and I will probably pay for whatever premium version they come out with next winter.
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duplicate post, sorry
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This is very cool. I had an idea once of something like this but where you might get mugged, attacked by a dog or animal, or chased by an angry driver or biker and would have to sprint to avoid getting caught.
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I've used it, and loved it. I had a one hour trainer ride planned but stretched it to two because I was having so much fun with the program. Some of the pro's like it, too...

Lawson Craddock on how to ride 100 miles inside - VeloNews.com
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have only tried it a few mins on my GF's trainer and it seems like a fun distraction (need to get me and ANT+ thing for mine) she has done a bunch more riding than she would have because of it. said she added 20mins chasing an upgrade. still in search of the squirrel.

Jens is on there a bunch too.
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Old 03-14-15, 04:18 PM
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I'm the main developer on it so if you've got questions feel free to ask. I've been on this forum since before I purchased my first bike, so in a way the software was sort of grew up on here. Haven't quite snuck in a 41 joke into the game yet, but you never know.

Anyway, check out this dudes video he made this week....crazy sprint at the end with a leadout.
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Is there digital EPO for zwift? It's bad enough getting passed by everybody and his dog outside, wouldn't this be adding insult to injury?

It does look cool though, if only I had a trainer.
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digital EPO = "zdoping" = lower your weight until you are competitive (i am down to 43 lbs and finally hanging on with the fast guys)
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Motorthings... As a beta member on Zwift, that is too funny!!
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digital EPO = "zdoping" = lower your weight until you are competitive (i am down to 43 lbs and finally hanging on with the fast guys)
Oh man that is horrible. If I can manage to get the polka dot jersey every time I get on and keep it the whole time, I find it hard to believe people feel the need to game the system like that.
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Originally Posted by K.Katso View Post
Oh man that is horrible. If I can manage to get the polka dot jersey every time I get on and keep it the whole time, I find it hard to believe people feel the need to game the system like that.
Don't worry, the game won't let you be 43lbs. People can still cheat of course, but they can't cheat that badly. I suspect and hope he was joking.
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Check out the guy's eyeball at 6:22 in.

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It's pretty cool....
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That looks cool. Can you play it with a dumb trainer (or rollers) and no power?
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Don't worry, the game won't let you be 43lbs. People can still cheat of course, but they can't cheat that badly. I suspect and hope he was joking.
sorry, i meant 430.
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
That looks cool. Can you play it with a dumb trainer (or rollers) and no power?
You can use a dumb trainer or rollers but you need a power meter. My Tacx smart trainer isn't supported yet so I have to use a dumb trainer and just crank up the resistance manually.
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