Re: Zwift Meet Up FFBC Shelter Ride Series

Randy Fewel

Wow. Thanks everyone for all the thoughtful information. REI website, here I come. 

On May 15, 2020, at 7:38 PM, Abhishek Ratna <abhishekratna@...> wrote:

I Zwift with my iPad too. Does the REI clearance apply to new bikes as well?

On May 15, 2020, at 2:33 PM, rulersakura@... wrote:

Or you can just use an old yoga mat like me. Pic below is my set up. iPad on Zwift. iPhone on Zwift companion app. And wahoo kickr core. Rising desk I found on amazon.  


On May 15, 2020, at 1:20 PM, Abhishek Ratna <abhishekratna@...> wrote:

Happy owner of a wahoo KOM bundle and the incline simulation rocks. I did read that the elito drive (on the dcrainmaker link shared earlier) is the most accurate for Zwift but the power accuracy on the top end trainers are so close that it won't make a difference.

My advice
1. Wahoos are extremely popular for a reason, things work smoothly out of the box and they run much quieter. I liked that my Kickr came with a 11sp cassette so I didn't have to shop for extras. Also their support is helpful and knowledgeable.
2. You can save quite a bit by not buying the mat, desk, and fan from wahoo. I bought a Blackburn cycling mat for half the cost, an adjustable standing laptop desk from home depot for a sixth of the price and a regular cyclone fan. Savings to the tune of $600. Better to invest that on the Kickr climb IMO

On Fri, May 15, 2020, 1:14 PM Cinnamon Miras <loscanelos3@...> wrote:
Second the Wahoo kicker, easy to put my bike on and off my trainer, ease of use makes the tire wear worth it to me. I also bought mine from REI last year with 15%.


On Fri, May 15, 2020, 12:41 PM Robert Tashjian <rob@...> wrote:

Ask and ye shall receive:^) This is a very good article on smart trainers


If you want to ride with any of the online virtual trainers/mmorpg’s (zwift, sufferfest, trainerroad, rouvy, rgt, etc), you will need a ‘smart’ trainer. This puts you up into the $400+ category. The next decision is wheel-on or direct-drive. Wheel-on uses your rear wheel (and wears the rear tire)  - or you have an extra wheel & tire and swap them on you bike. Direct-drive removes the rear wheel, but you have to add (read: buy) an extra cassette to put on the direct-drive trainer. Direct-drive is generally preferable, but adds they start around $800-$900. They are also larger, heavier, and not as easy to store as a wheel-on trainer.


I got a wheel-on Wahoo Kickr Snap, which I like a lot, because I didn’t know if I would use it enough to justify the additional $500 for a direct drive and it’s easier to store.


REI is having a 20% off one thing sale next week (starting today) and it applies to trainers. I got mine from them.


Finally, plan on getting a mat, sweat net, fan, and stack of towels; You will sweat buckets!




Robert Tashjian



From: <> On Behalf Of Randy Fewel
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2020 12:18 PM
To: Jennifer Reungchai <rulersakura@...>
Cc: Vinh Hoang <vinh4959@...>; Group FFBC <>
Subject: Re: [public info] Zwift Meet Up FFBC Shelter Ride Series


Hey Jennifer,

I think I’ll spend my stimulus check on an indoor trainer. I have no idea what to buy. Got any suggestions?


On May 14, 2020, at 9:39 PM, Jennifer Reungchai <rulersakura@...> wrote:

Hi Vinh,


This is a ride that will be ridden on an App called Zwift. You will need to download the app and make an account. Then you have a little character that rides in the world as you ride your bike on an indoor trainer. I can invite people so that our characters ride together. Do you have an indoor trainer? Please let me know if you have any questions.


Best regards,



On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 9:04 PM Vinh Hoang <vinh4959@...> wrote:

Hi Jennifer,

I am new to Zwift rides.  Is this a virtual ride that we each do on our own?  Do I need to download this software and route in order to ride virtually?


On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 7:46 PM Jennifer Reungchai <rulersakura@...> wrote:

Hi Everyone!


I think Zwift rides are great way for everyone to ride safely together. Let's explore the world of Watopia and climb the volcano together! I will have stick together mode so that no one is left behind. Is anyone available tomorrow at 10AM for an 1 hour ride? If not, please let me know a few times that works. I am also available after 1 pm tomorrow. Please email me your Zwift name so I can add you to the list. Thanks!


Ride duration: 1 hour

Location: Watopia Volcano Climb



Vinh Hoang

C: 510-366-8506

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