Many of us have fallen victim to this one on various platforms. You're 5 minutes away from starting that important Zwift activity.
- Air in the tires? Check!
- Batteries in the HRM and power meter? Check!
- Full bidons and nutrition within arm's reach? Check!
- Towel, fan, shoes, phone, TV remote control? Check, check, check!
Then you fire up Zwift to log in... boom, there's a new Zwift update you didn't plan on, or even worse, Windows or macOS decide NOW is when you need to have that new series of operating system patches and fixes installed. Not later, but NOW!
There's been a lot of discussion over the years about how to sync weight to Zwift, to make sure the data generated by your fitness devices and sensors is accurate.
Because this information is entered by hand by a human, and is used by Zwift to calculate performance, this data has been intentionally manipulated thousands of times in the past to "weight dope" and win podium placement, because it's entered by the user directly in their profile, as shown here:
This comes up from time to time in communities where data analytics, screenshot sharing or when using multiple devices to Zwift with, for example using an iPad on your treadmill but a full-size PC connected to a 4k display in your living room.
You might Zwift on one machine or device, but you want to look at your data on another. How do you get your data into multiple places without copying everything around by hand?
For those of us who like to do longer, multi-hour rides, it's sometimes necessary to be able to consume other content in addition to Zwift, as well as consume our necessary nutrients on the bike/treadmill.
This content can come in the form of music through Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music or a dedicated music player, but it can also take the form of video content from Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and other platforms. I personally consume a mountain of technology training materials while I'm on the bike, in addition to catching up on my favorite movies and TV series'. I find it a great way to force myself to stay distraction-free while I fill my brain with new material.
For many of us with larger displays we use with Zwift, including a projector or large-screen, 4k display, running Zwift in a windowed session alongside your favorite movie, YouTube video, Tour de France replay, Google Meet/Zoom meeting or other content can help the sessions go by faster, as we multitask during our rides.
On Windows 10, there are very few good tools to do this, most of them are non-free. With the current pandemic and many people out of work, it's harder and harder to justify spending on small desktop utilities. But you don't have to!
Note: If you're running macOS, there are several alternatives for that platform. I'll write a separate article and create a HOWTO video describing how I use each of these:
This is one we don't have to write, as Zwift Support have done all the hard work for you! Read the following Support Article on the Zwift Support site for the full details:
If that doesn't solve your issues, reply back here or on the Facebook group and we'll make sure to update this KB or notify Zwift Support to update their article.
The short answer: You can't.
Richmond is a one-way course and although it does double-back on itself at certain points, there is no way to turn around on Richmond.
If you want, you can point a mirror at the screen to "ride Richmond backwards", or you can wait until it's a Watopia Island day to ride a different and changeable set of routes where you can turn around, or you can try a few other methods to ride the other course.
Lastly, if that doesn't work, you can just ride solo, with nobody else on the course.
Enjoy the ride!
Zwift runs equally well on Apple OS X Mac machines as well as Windows, if you configure it properly.
Zwift can be a very graphically intensive experience especially when there are a lot of simultaneous riders on the screen at the same time.
This is most apparent during a "ZTR" style racing event, or one of the public events such as the "World Bicycle Relief" event in early December 2015.
On OS X there are fewer settings to tweak than their Windows counterpart but there are ways to improve and in some cases double your FPS, or "frames per second" while playing, er "riding" Zwfit.
This HOWTO will help provide some solutions that can help you get the most out of your Apple Mac OS X machine running Zwift. #ReadOn!