ZWIFT ON A BUDGET: Step by Step Setup // Indoor Cycling Explained

**ZWIFT ON A BUDGET: Step by Step Setup // Indoor Cycling Explained**



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Daily Lama EP24: Starting with an empty space, I take you through everything you need to get set up and riding, with budget in mind. Point being here is that it doesn’t take an expensive smart trainer and power meter just to get rolling. Remember to hit *SUBSCRIBE* to support this YouTube channel:

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So today I'm going to be going through converting
a blank space into my Zwift session. So I'm running through all of the components
I'm going to use. I'll go the budget option, so if you're looking
for the cheapest way to get on board this will be very handy. So let's go for a ride. Bike's already sorted, good to go. Next thing we need is the indoor trainer. I've chosen the Cycleops Fluid II today. Standard Fluid trainer supported by Zwift,
pretty basic trainer. Quite cheap, two hundred dollars online second
hand. Maybe a little more if you buy new, but a
good budget option to start out with. And to match that we put down a yoga mat as
well. OK bike's set up ready to go. One slight modification I always use is to
raise the front wheel just a little bit indoors I feel a little bit more comfortable with
it raised up. Best solution for that that I've found and
the cheapest solution the yellow pages. So the next thing to do now is to hook up
the speed sensor for the rear wheel so that it can communicate with the Zwift session
so I've got myself a cheap Garman one that I had laying around the house picked one up
for thirty dollars maybe a lot cheaper second hand I put this on the rear wheel so it can then
transmit the rear wheel speed via Ant plus. The speed sensor has now been installed on
the rear wheel. It's transmitting Ant plus rear wheel speed. Next thing we need is a computer now I've
got a laptop, just a Macbook Pro I'll be setting it in front of me on the barrels there. We're almost there. So you can see the distance between the computer
and the Ant plus speed sensor down here. Ant plus can get a little confused in a noisy
environment if you've got your microwave oven on, you've got wifi signals, you've got other
devices in the 2.4 spectrum. It get's a little technical, don't worry about
any of that. The best advice I can give is to get a USB
extension cable it just brings the Ant key a little closer to there. So the ant key, very small, very easy to lose. So it's very handy to have that on the end
of a long rope. So to speak. So Ant key installed I put that on the computer
and run it down through the back of that. These things are set and forget. Once they're in place no need to worry. We're really close now. So we have the bike on the trainer. We have the speed sensor on the rear wheel. We've got the computer set up over here. And the Ant Stick is as close as we can get
it to make sure that there's maximum signal strength. A few bonus options here. Indoor fans got to keep cool. These are the best one's I've found. Little Sunair turbo. High velocity turbo fans 30 cm. They're
very quiet for what they are. Highly recommended. Let's get that set up in front of me. Another tip with installing the fan don't
put it directly in front of you where you're the smallest, put it just off to the side
so it can get a lot more body surface area keep you nice and cool. Cooling is very important. We'll cover a whole other video on cooling. So setup is almost done now the extra bonus. I use a quad lock bike mount for my iPhone. So though I'm Zwifting, I can use the phone,
text, Facebook, and most importantly the mobile link to get a few ride ons. And for those really long Zwift sessions. We need some light reading so got a few magazines
I'll study up on the tour. But there we go. Setup complete from zero to Zwift station. All in one. Again in summery, we've got the bike, we have
the rear wheel speed sensor installed, on cycleops II fluid trainer, floor mat, Ant
plus stick with the extension cable so it can talk to the computer, a fan, and the Mac
computer running Zwift. Easy as that. Taking you through a blank space to a Zwift
station, also a little side table here. That's a conductor's stand. Picked up for about fifty dollars. Again any side table works. Basic setup. Z power. Let's get some kilometers in. Just before we get stuck into this session. I'll run you through exactly the config I've
got setup in Zwift to make all of this work with Z Power. OK we have to spin the rear wheel we're using
ant plus to hook up our sensors today. We have no power source but we have a classic
speed sensor here. So I'll click on search as you can tell this
house has a few ant plus sensors here the bottom one is what we're after the speed and
cadence sensor. From here we select our compatible trainer. That would be the Cycleops Fluid II. OK I have no cadence sensor at the moment
so I'll actually unpair that. I have a heart rate monitor on there we go. Seventy-one beats per minute. No cadence sensor, no power source. Connected by Ant plus. Click OK. Few of my friends online. I know the workout I'm going to do so let's
get stuck into it straight away. So there we go. Training session done for the day, using Z
Power and a budget setup for Zwift. Didn't cost a lot, didn't take long to setup
at all. So laptop, fluid trainer, Ant stick, away
you go. Alright thanks for the ride, we'll see you
next time.

38 thoughts on “**ZWIFT ON A BUDGET: Step by Step Setup // Indoor Cycling Explained**

  1. Nick C

    Anyone know if you can use any trainer you want? Even if it's not on the list? Thinking about picking up a random cheap one off amazon.

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  2. joaquin ph

    Good day mate just quick question can I use my cateye smart padrone plus instead of Garmin?
    It has also have cadence and hrm just like Garmin computer……more power to your channel and hope to hear from u soon..

    Reply
  3. Fidasaind

    3 years later and I still often share this video with people in cycling groups when it comes to setting up Zwift with a budget setup. Such a useful video STILL, Shane!

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  4. Peter V

    Oh wow, I have all of that stuff! I thought I had to have a smart trainer or power meter to use Zwift. Thanks for the video!

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  5. Melvin Lai

    Hi Shane thats a very usefull video. I found a $50 second hand trainer and a $250 Road Bike n i hope to use these with a cheap Garmi Speed Sensor paired to my Fenix 3.

    Will this setup work for Zwift?

    I am currently using Zwift only for my daily treadmill runs and hope to add indoor spins to my workouts.

    And is Zwift cycling free to use or is it subscription based? I know the running app is free. Tks heaps

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  6. Aurora Piercing Boutique

    This is a great video, but I do have to say I love its a budget set up with an S Works and a Macbook! 🙂

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  7. dylanfly

    2 questions. I saw that you used a "Zwift approved trainer" (a CycleOps). (1) Could I use a no-name trainer instead, so long as I have the cadence/speed monitor? (2) Could I use a stationary spin bike?

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  8. Tall-NH

    Question…
    I follow the setup, and I see the computer is displaying the ride…
    But your phone's display is showing something called 'Dashboard'.
    So is your phone picking up the sensor signal on the Garmin, and working independently from the computer?
    I notice some Youtube videos have a direct connect cable from iphone to TV (using HDMI cable).

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  9. Neal M

    I have a question for Zwifters using a non smart trainer that is supported by Zwift.
    I am using the CycleOps Fluid 2, and it has a dial that clicks when the right tension is applied, so that is easy, but what about when I shift gears? Does it give me credit for riding a harder gear? I have no idea how Zwift would know what gear I am in… My setup is with speed and cadence sensors and the Garmin ant stick etc. No power meter on bike) Any help would be appreciated. I just signed up for Zwift today, and was the slowest guy on the road. lol!!!

    PS thanks for the great setup video Shane. It was very helpful for this old dog trying to learn some new tricks.

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  10. Judith Cahill

    Just showed a friend this yesterday. He is keen to get started but will probably buy either a direct drive or wheel on smart trainer. He has so much to learn and wants me to help but I said youryou tune channel is the place to be or rainmakers channel but you have more j structional clips.

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  11. D Sherbank

    it totally killed me that he's gonna watch it on that dinky monitor! now days he could get a smart big screen TV on a budget and just get an adapter to cast the laptop on the TV.

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  12. Alex Socci

    Im confused as to how you change the resistance level on the trainer to coordinate with changing grades in the zwift world. If you could elaborate on this id apprecite it!

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  13. Jeffrey Waller

    im using 100$ – (new) trainer, with ant, 17 year old scattante, yoga mat, free wood for front wheel, and a 20cm fan
    mine is super budget, minus my computer…. I use it to stream. but if you want super budget mine is like 200$

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  14. New England Bike Rides

    quick note: that is a combination speed and cadence sensor. You only needed to stick a magnet to the left crank and you would have had cadence as well.

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  15. New England Bike Rides

    I've been riding this very trainer on Zwift pretty much since it first appeared. It has helped me through a broken wrist, winter months and busy work days limiting my time. I do a lot of riding outside as well, and I am particularly fond of climbing. My biggest gripe with Zwift and a not-so-smart trainer like this one is the fake elevation data. I would be fine with it if I could eliminate this particular data point on strava, but I can not. Regardless of this issue I still love the combination. 

    The fluid trainer resembles the feel of the road, IMHO, in a way that no mag trainer can match. Something to keep in mind: I ride in an unfinished basement. in the summer the fluid warms quickly and slows to a crawl pretty quickly, and any real hard effort is penalized with extreme resistance for a prolonged period. In the winter I feel like an olympian for the first 15 minutes or so while the fluid is cold, and even when it is warmed up it cools rather quickly after a good effort, so it is much more fun to use off season. Obviously this also means the data is always suspect. If you want accurate data, use it with a power meter. This will eliminate the guessing that Zwift is doing. 

    Even with a smart trainer that both adjusts resistance and includes variable incline I don't think I would be happy with the climbing aspect. steep hills require shifting the bike back and forth and using the whole body. Therefore I would prefer to keep trainer time to cardio and sprinting, and leave the climbing for real hills. I stick to the volcano circuit on watopia to minimize the elevation data, but it still adds up. apologies for the novel.

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  16. fkrtna

    If I don't have speed sensor, will pedal based power meter calculate speed as well as power? I just knew not all trainer work with Zwift! Y!?

    Reply

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