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Ride faster, further & feel fitter in time for spring sounds good but keeping motivated to ride an indoor trainer can be a challenge for many cyclists. We have had more and more requests from customers to learn the basics about trainers and online cycling programs for winter fitness.

The available online cycling trainer platforms like Zwift can drastically improve your fitness and help keep your focus for the coming spring season, whether you are getting ready to ride in support for a charity like "Ride for Heart" or just want to ride at the next level with your friends.

If you are a novice rider take note these training methods are not just for professionals anymore & local racers also have much to gain from the online riding experience. You will need a few items to make your rides happen and some extra items to enhance the enjoyment of your riding sessions, so lets review.

Zwift Basic concept and benefits:

  • Workout with your own schedule 24/7.
  • Workout with friends, with groups of riders or go solo.
  • Workout while you race with online races.
  • Included is a host of training workout plans with reminders emailed to you if you choose.
  • If a smart trainer is being used the resistance will be effected directly by the virtual terrain.
  • If a terrain is steep you will need to work harder to virtually climb it.
  • When riding in a group or behind someone you will be able to draft; work less at the same speed.
  • Think of Zwift as a cycling video game that will make you workout beyond your expectations. 
  • Multiple courses available.
  • 1 week free trial to check it out

What you will need:

  1. A Bicycle: Most trainers can accommodate 24 inch up to 29 inch (aka. 700cc).
  2. Trainer: Choose one;
    • Smart trainer
      • Bluetooth Smart trainer  (uses bluetooth to connect to your interface).
    • Basic trainer Magnetic resistance or Fluid trainers (will need a bluetooth or ANT+ speed sensor on your bicycle or a power meter.) choose one;
      • Bluetooth speed sensor for a basic trainer.
      • If your speed sensor only has ANT+ You will require a ANT+ Dongle to your computer.
      • On bicycle power meter (pedal based, wheel based or crank based)
      • Wheel based trainers use the rear wheel against a roller which can heat up & de-laminate a regular tire, so a trainer tire can withstand the heat build up and is suggested (trainer tire should not be ridden on the road, read manufactures suggestions) .
    • Indoor rollers choose one;
      • Speed sensor to connect to your interface.
      • On bicycle power meter (pedal based, wheel based or crank based)
  3. Connect Interface: Choose one;
    • Computer (Wifi or Ethernet) with bluetooth capability using the A) computer screen or B) with HDMI cord to TV.
    • iPad with bluetooth & Wifi capability.
    • Mobile phone with bluetooth & Wifi capability.
    • AppleTV with bluetooth capability.
  4. Extras: To enhance the experience more.
    • Bluetooth Heart rate monitor.
    • Trainer floormat to protect your floor from sweat.
    • A fan to cool you down.
    • Power meter, If your trainer does not use power to communicate your speed.
    • Cadence sensor lets you know the speed that you pedal.
    • Front tire riser block lets you raise the front wheel to accommodate a feeling that your climbing.
    • A stand for your interface device, or on bike device holder, so you can have easy reach to your connected device; computer, Tablet or mobile phone.

If you have any questions? Shoot us an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you would like to try Zwift in our store call us to make an appointment.

Come spring time you'll be FLYING! 

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