If you're one of the many riders coming across to FulGaz from Zwift, welcome! Get ready to enjoy training and cycling on some of the most beautiful roads in the world, all in stunning 4K video quality.
Registering your FulGaz account
FulGaz is available for Mac, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows 10. Once you have installed FulGaz on your chosen device, simply open the app and hit Get Started!
You can skip through connecting your devices for now, then follow the prompts to register. When you register for FulGaz, you'll automatically be set up with a 14-day trial.
Your 14-day free trial starts as soon as you register.
Pairing your trainer and sensors
Before you can ride, you'll need to pair your trainer and/or sensors. This is easily performed on the device pairing screen before you reach the main menu of rides. Any devices broadcasting in the area will be picked up and displayed on this page.
For most smart trainers, tick an option for trainer resistance control, power, and cadence. If using a heart rate monitor or separate cadence sensor, pair this here also.
NOTE: Ensure your devices are "ticked" on this screen, as there is no option to access device pairing once you have started a ride.
Having trouble connecting you devices? Click here for more information.
FulGaz has three main riding modes; steady, reactive, and challenge. For most of your riding, you'll want to be in reactive mode. In reactive mode, the ride video will speed up and slow down depending on the amount of power you are producing.
More information on ride modes can be found here.
Adjusting the "feel" of FulGaz to suit you
At first, you may find the riding experience quite different. Most people will see their virtual average speeds drop and find the climbs harder! This isn’t a fault or an issue with setup, it’s simply reality.
Let’s face it, on Zwift everything seems a little too easy. This is because by default Zwift IS easy! Firstly there's the near-constant drafting that inflates speeds, by default all uphill gradients in Zwift are halved. Using the default "Trainer Difficulty" setting in Zwift, when you see an 8% gradient on screen, your trainer is actually only simulating a 4% gradient.
FulGaz sets ALL gradients to 100% realism by default. Less virtual, more reality!
Zwift only has one difficulty slider (Trainer Difficulty) whereas FulGaz has three independent settings you can adjust. These are Slope Scaling Uphill, Slope Scaling Downhill, and Slope Limit.
To access these, click on the “cog” icon in the upper right corner of the main rides screen, scroll down and select Trainer Settings, then select Advanced Trainer Settings.
Slope Scaling Uphill: This is the “feel” of a climb that FulGaz sends to your trainer and the most useful setting. The default 100% setting means an 8% incline will feel like an 8% incline! Reducing this setting will make uphills feel easier. It will NOT affect your speed, it merely simulates a shallower gradient. Your speed is always dependent on power output.
Slope Scaling Downhill: The same as above, but for the descents! At 100% you can often spin out (run out of gears) and have to “coast” on the trainer, just like on the road. To reduce the chances of spinning out and coasting, reduce this setting.
Slope Limit: This is the maximum uphill gradient FulGaz will send to your trainer. The default is 25%, which is a STEEP climb. Some trainers may not even be able to replicate a climb this steep.
To get a similar ride feel to Zwift on FulGaz, you will need to reduce ALL settings. Start by reducing your Uphill Slope to 50% and Downhill Slope to 50%. You can also reduce the Slope Limit if you feel the higher gradients are still too tough or your rear wheel is slipping on the roller.
Understanding your display
FulGaz gives you the option of two different display styles for your on-screen ride data. The virtual bike computer is the default and most popular view, but you can also switch to the classic HUD. You can find this option in FulGaz settings -> Display Settings.
Connecting to Strava
Connecting your Strava account to FulGaz is easy and means that all your FulGaz rides will sync across to Strava after each session.
To connect Strava, log into your Member's Page, then navigate to Preferences. Under the Connect tab, click "Login" next to Strava and authorise the connection. You can also link your TrainingPeaks and Today's Plan accounts here.
NOTE: At this time, FulGaz does not have an automatic sync with Garmin Connect. This is a feature we are in discussions with Garmin about having them add for us.
Setting your FTP (Functional Threshold Power)
Before doing interval training on FulGaz, you'll need to set your FTP. You can set your FTP using one of two methods. The first and most accurate way is to ride the Kinglake FTP test! This is a short warm up, followed by a classic 20-minute effort. FulGaz calculates your FTP using this data and saves it. If you already have a good idea of your current FTP, you can enter it manually into workout settings.
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