If you're coming across to FulGaz from Rouvy, welcome! Get ready to enjoy training and cycling on some of the most beautiful roads in the world, all in stunning 4K video quality.
While many aspects of the ride experience will be familiar - riding on real roads rather than an animated simulation - there are some key differences to the rides, on-screen display and setup. Below you'll find some useful information and key tips to help you get the most out of FulGaz.
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 though 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 free trial. If you have a promo code, you can enter it when registering or in FulGaz settings -> promo code.
Your 14-day free trial starts as soon as you register.
If you're having trouble registering your account, please click here for more detailed instructions or get in touch via support.
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 that a 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.
Challenge mode is the same, but enables you to choose a challenger's time (either the original rider, another FulGaz rider, or your previous time) to pace or race against!
More information of ride modes can be found here.
Adjusting your settings
FulGaz gives you complete control over your settings. Before your first ride, it's important to set your weight and also your bike's weight. This is usually enough to give the most realistic ride.
Where Rouvy gives you the option to choose from two virtual bikes (road bike or time trial bike) with both offering different aerodynamic properties, in FulGaz you can tailor the aerodynamic properties of your "virtual ride" using the Advanced Performance Settings. These can be found under Performance Settings in the main menu.
Aerodynamic Drag: The default setting of 0.33 represents a modern road cyclist with a good position. If you find your FulGaz rides are either faster or slower than your outdoor rides, this is the first place to make changes. A more upright cyclist or mountain biker may be around 0.45, whereas a time trialist could get down to 0.25 or less.
Rolling Resistance: The default value of 0.0033 represents a fast rolling tyre on a smooth surface. It's best to keep this default unless you know the value for your tyre. More information about rolling resistance, plus a multitude of test results can be found at bicyclerollingresistance.com
You can also adjust the "feel" of the ride in FulGaz. Scroll down to Difficulty Settings below for more information on fine tuning your ride!
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.
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.
To tailor the ride feel, FulGaz has three independent settings you can adjust. These are Slope Scaling Uphill, Slope Scaling Downhill and Slope Limit. To access these within the app, click on the “cog” icon in the upper right corner of the main screen, select Trainer Settings, then Advanced Trainer Settings.
Slope Scaling Uphill: This setting adjusts the resistance level that FulGaz sends to your trainer on a climb and is the most useful setting. The default 100% setting means an 8% incline on screen will feel like an 8% incline through your trainer! Reducing this setting will reduce the resistance level.
This will NOT affect your speed, it merely simulates a shallower gradient. Think of it like switching out your 25T largest rear cog for a 32T cog. You can now spin up that climb rather than grind! The speed that you get up the climb is always dependant on power output.
Slope Scaling Downhill: The same as above, but for the descents! At 100% you may find that you spin out (run out of gears) and have to “coast” down steeper descents, just like on the road. To reduce the chances of spinning out, reduce this setting. It's like putting a virtual 54T chainring on the front!
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. If you find your rear wheel slipping on the roller, or the steeper climbs clamp down too hard, start by reducing this setting to 15% and experiment from there.
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.