Our fun summer weather is behind us so now is the time to take to the trainer and keep the fun and fitness going. To that end I will be co-ordinating Zwift rides for any members who would like to join us. The plan is to set up two rides per week, one on Wednesday nights at 7:30pm and one on Sunday at 11am. Most rides will be less than an hour but we may occasionally do shorter or longer rides. The rides will be posted just like the on road ones but you will have to sign up for them in Zwift to participate. That will require you to have joined the WCC in Zwift.
To join us you will have to be signed up and able to ride through Zwift. For those new to Zwifting, they have all the details of setup and configuration on their website (Zwift.com ).
At a minimum, you will need a wheel on trainer, something to run the Zwift app on (computer/tablet) and a bluetooth capable speed sensor on your rear wheel. If you have a bike computer setup on your bike now, you can usually use the existing sensors (speed, cadence, heart rate, power meter). The other things you’ll need you likely have around the house already:
- something to prop your computer or tablet on
- a fan to cool you down
- a towel handy
- summer riding kit
You can spend lots to setup an indoor Zwift space but you don’t have to. I bought an inexpensive mat to go under my bike/trainer and a simple fluid trainer, (magnetic ones are a bit cheaper but don’t increase the load progressively as you ride - a fluid trainer feels more ‘real’ than a magnetic one). All the other pieces I already had. The picture is from last year and, although my wife has moved me to a different part of the basement this year, the setup is the same.