Author: eschlange

Smart Trainer vs Dumb Trainer – What’s the Difference?

Trainers can be organized into many different categories, but when it comes to Zwift, you’re either on a “smart” trainer or a “dumb” one. A smart trainer’s resistance is controlled by Zwift. When the incline of the Zwift course changes, your resistance changes. You “feel” the hills. Additionally, a smart trainer will broadcast your power (and usually cadence) via ANT+ and Bluetooth.       A dumb trainer is not controlled by Zwift. You may be riding up and down hills on the Zwift course, but you’ll feel no difference in the resistance because your Zwift has no way of talking to...

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Links Every Zwifter Must Have

Zwift.com: it may seem silly to list this first, but this is the place to log in and edit your profile, link up your Strava and other accounts, and more. Zwift Ride Calendar: want to join in a group ride or race? Here’s the official calendar from ZwiftHQ. Zwift User Manual: the unofficial guide to Zwift, maintained by James Gill. A huge, living document covering Zwift basics, hardware, levels, and more. Zwift Riders Facebook Group: an active group of 32,000+ discussing all things Zwift. Honorable Mention (Helpful Links, but Not Required Reading) ZwiftPower.com: the place to go for race results (including live results during a...

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Zwift Ride Calendars

UPDATE: Zwift HQ now manages the Zwift events calendar, which can be found online at zwift.com/events and also via the mobile link app. The Teamup calendar explained below is used much less, and only for events not listed on the official calendar. Zwift doesn’t yet have a built-in calendar tool, so the community has developed their own methods for organizing group rides. The Teamup calendar is the most used tool, while the Zwift Riders Facebook group is used by some organized who want additional exposure. Teamup Calendar zwiftcalendar.com Pros: Anyone can see and edit events (not just Facebook users) It’s easy to add this calendar’s data to your tool of choice (for instance, your iPhone) via the iCal feed Repeating events are supported Events are color-coded by ride type (Race, Group Ride, etc) Cons Many Zwifters don’t realize it exists Zwift Riders Group (Facebook) facebook.com/groups/zwiftriders/events/ Pros Organizers can brand their event with a snazzy masthead Riders can RSVP so organizers have an idea who is showing up Events are be easily shared with the Zwift Riders group Comments/discussion can be posted for each event Cons No repeating events, so each ride must be entered separately No iCal feed, so you can’t feed the events into the device/interface of your choice The Verdict For me, the Teamup approach wins. But when I post my Pacific Wakeup Ride (PWR) it goes on both calendars for maximum exposure. Until...

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Why I built this site

I built this site because I couldn’t help myself. (This is a common theme when it comes to Zwift.) The platform, the community, the fitness gains… these things create fanatics. There are avid Zwifters all over the world, and this community is constantly creating. We have people writing unofficial Zwift manuals, organizing rides, performing free tech support… all in the name of Zwift. This site was built as a repository of Zwift-related news and information. When I find something useful, I’ll post it here… and attempt to keep it all organized. It will be an ongoing work in progress (like everything else in the Zwift universe), but if I can help some Zwifters along the way it’ll be worth it. Ride...

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