Could Zwift's turbo trainer patent make indoor cycling cheaper and easier?

Patent looks to remove barriers for beginners, experienced riders with multiple bikes, and households sharing one trainer

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Zwift has filed a patent for a single-speed device to be used in conjunction with direct drive turbo trainers. The device is designed to eliminate common issues associated with many of today’s trainers - namely compatibility and cost.

Indoor training app Zwift addresses these issues directly in the rationale found in the pending application, stating that using a matching cassette on a direct drive trainer "creates a problem for both beginners and expert riders."

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.