Ideas for Zwift

October 17 2017

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To use Zwift, you put your bike on a turbo trainer, you link up your turbo trainer (or ANT+ devices on your bike such as a speed/cadence sensor or a power meter) to your computer, and you ride online courses – against other people if you like.

What is Zwift?

Zwift is a turbo trainer game that enables you to link you turbo trainer up your computer, your iPad and iPhone, letting you ride with other cyclists in a virtual environment, therefore helping to alleviate some of the boredom associated with indoor riding.

What are the computer requirements for Zwift?

Of course apart from the turbo trainer you’re going to need a computer on which to play the game. The minimum computer requirements for Zwift are as follows:

  • OS: Windows 7 x64 bit, OSX 10.7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Graphics: 1GB dedicated GPU, or embedded Intel HD 4000/AMD R5
  • Hard Drive: 4GB of free space

However it’s important to note that those are the minimum requirements, and Zwift would recommend that you have 8GB of memory and a 2GB dedicated GPU if you want to play the game and see the virtual worlds in all their glory.

iOS version

In September 2016 Zwift launched its iOS beta version available for iPad and iPhone, while the app will fully launch by the end of the year.

What equipment do I need?

First, you need a computer (or an iOS device) and an internet connection, and you obviously need your bike and a turbo trainer.

 

 

You can use any turbo trainer if you have a power meter on your bike. If you don’t have a power meter, you need a speed sensor on your bike that transmits using the ANT+ protocol.

Gear Guide

  • BASIC : Classic Turbo Trainer & Speed Sensor

The Basic set-up is the most cost effective option making it perfect for the rider who is new to cycling  or on a budget. 

  • FLEXIBLE : Classic Turbo Trainer & Power Meter

The Flexible set-up is ideal for the rider who already owns a power meter for out door rides but doesn't have an indoor trainer

  • PREMIUM : Smart Turbo Trainer 

This set-up changes your resistance in real time based on road gradient and is ideal for the riders that wants the most immersive experience. 

Once you’ve worked your way through the different types of turbo trainers to establish what gear you need, examples of products are below:

 

 

1.  A laptop, computer or tablet devices compatible with USB

2. An ANT+USB dongle

 

3.  The Zwift software available from Zwift.com

4.  A bike (yes, really!)

                    



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