Author: eschlange

TeamSpeak and Zwift: speak with others while you ride

Currently Zwift’s only built-in communication tool is the text chat, which allows you to send a text message from the mobile app which is sent to everyone online, or just to a particular person. This feature is better than nothing, but it tends to lag–I’ve seen messages be delayed 10 seconds or more. Plus it’s not always easy to type a message while riding hard! Enter TeamSpeak: a mature voice chat app used by gamers for years. This is the “de facto” tool used by Zwifters in group rides and races, although I’m surprised by how few people actually use it. Hopefully articles like this will help spread the word, because doing a group ride with folks on TeamSpeak makes it much more interactive. Why TeamSpeak Rocks Impressive Sound Quality: voices are crystal clear, and multiple people can speak at the same time (so it’s like a phone, and not a walkie-talkie) Hands-free: I just wear my iPhone earbuds (which have a built-in mic) and I can hear everyone in my channel, and talk whenever I want to. No hands. Allows for multiple channels, and even private channels: you don’t have to share one channel with all Zwifters–you can have a dedicated channel for a particular ride, or even a password-protected channel for your team. Affordable: cost is $4.99 on iPhone, $1.99 on Android. Getting Set Up Here’s a very thorough article...

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Zwift Facebook Groups

With so many members and a straightforward interface, Facebook provides an easy way for people to form groups around particular interests. Here are some Zwift groups you may want to join on Facebook. Zwift Riders: this is the big group Zwift Racers: for race-related discussion Zwift Workouts: for sharing and discussing Zwift workouts Zwift Coders: for the computer nerds in the Zwift community. Analytics, code samples, integration projects, etc. Zwift Venting Area: want to whine about Zwift issues–or (more commonly) poke fun at those whining about Zwift issues? Do it here. Zwift Sub 2w/kg: for folks who want to do slower rides Zwift Ladies: just for the girls. Zwift Over 50’s: for the older crowd Zwift Oz: a large group of Australian Zwifters Zwift UK: a large group of UK-based Zwifters Zwift West Oz (ZWOZ) Zwift ODZ Know of other groups? Let me know by posting them in the comments...

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“The Rules” – Zwift Style

Most of us are probably familiar with “The Rules.” (In fact, rule #9 may shame you quite often now that you’re loving Zwift so much.) I was thinking–what are some “rules” for Zwifters? Here are some I came up with, as well as some others from the Zwift Riders FB group: Learn and live the #RideOn philosophy. Use a fan. Or fans. Otherwise you’ll sweat so much you’ll be forced to stop riding. And nobody wants that. Weather has no bearing on whether or not you will Zwift today. Only ISP or computer problems may veto your chances of Zwift joy. No...

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Looking for a sweet deal on a Zwift computer? $305 for Alienware Alpha here!

Slickdeals.net has a nice deal on an Alienware Alpha Compact Desktop. This is the same computer as the $499 machine Alienware sells on their Zwift page, except with the Slickdeals coupon code knocking off $200, plus a $45 mail-in rebate, your total cost (including shipping) comes to $305! See details/buy now > It really works–a local friend of mine bought one last night. Note: I haven’t personally tested this machine, but it should be able to run Zwift in ultra mode just fine. Again, this is the same machine Alienware recommends on their Zwift...

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