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Old 11-09-18, 01:48 PM
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Watt bike

Hi Guys,
Iíve been doing some additional sessions on the watt bike to get fit in preparation for my first session on the velodrome tomorrow (accreditation)
Ive stuck to more fitness end and lower heart rate initially but decided to have a test on the 6 second test. Based on my weight (200IBS) it set the difficulty setting to 10 and 5 and I managed 1200 watts and 193 rpm. I just wanted to understand more about what the numbers mean and is it any good? Itís early days for me, just trying to understand more about the data and whether that shows what type of track event might suit me better. Thanks Chris
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Old 11-09-18, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by ChrisRob01 View Post
Hi Guys,
Iíve been doing some additional sessions on the watt bike to get fit in preparation for my first session on the velodrome tomorrow (accreditation)
Ive stuck to more fitness end and lower heart rate initially but decided to have a test on the 6 second test. Based on my weight (200IBS) it set the difficulty setting to 10 and 5 and I managed 1200 watts and 193 rpm. I just wanted to understand more about what the numbers mean and is it any good? Itís early days for me, just trying to understand more about the data and whether that shows what type of track event might suit me better. Thanks Chris
that really isnít enough data to make a determination on the event that would be best for you.
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Old 11-09-18, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post


that really isnít enough data to make a determination on the event that would be best for you.
No problem, perhaps try a longer test to establish more?
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Go to the track. Race anything and everything. That's the best (and most fun) test.
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Originally Posted by gl98115 View Post
Go to the track. Race anything and everything. That's the best (and most fun) test.
+1 to this.
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Old 11-09-18, 11:45 PM
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Like the above posts state, go racing; You will find out fairly quickly where your talents are.
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Here is a paper from the Aussies trying to answer the question of characteristics of track cyclists. You may find it interesting. http://www.ridethetrack.com/pdf/character_of_track.pdf
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The Wattbike team has the two best individual pursuit times of all time, so it can't be all bad.

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Originally Posted by ilanpi View Post
The Wattbike team has the two best individual pursuit times of all time, so it can't be all bad.

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Hi. Welcome to the forum.

Those athletes probably didn't become what they are by training on Wattbikes for years. Wattbike pays those athletes to promote Wattbike.

The Wattbike is probably a good product, but bear in mind that a lot of companies that make bad products sponsor great athletes
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Originally Posted by ilanpi View Post
The Wattbike team has the two best individual pursuit times of all time, so it can't be all bad.

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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
Hi. Welcome to the forum.

Those athletes probably didn't become what they are by training on Wattbikes for years. Wattbike pays those athletes to promote Wattbike.

The Wattbike is probably a good product, but bear in mind that a lot of companies that make bad products sponsor great athletes
^^ Yep. It's a good, stiff erg. But so is my LeMond + old alloy road frame with some stiff bars and stem on it... it's what you do with it that counts. Really At the track here our elite team has a collection of LeMond ergs (mostly for the pursuiters to warm up on, I gather), BT ergs, a Wattbike or two, and a customised contrabulous fantraption involving an old adjustable ergometer, a very big gear, and some stiff Alpina sprint bars. I don't think this is giving away too many state secrets...
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Originally Posted by gl98115 View Post
go to the track. Race anything and everything. That's the best (and most fun) test.
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+1 to this.
+2
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No problem, perhaps try a longer test to establish more?
really, the answer is "collect a few years' worth of data."

i remember the first time i borrowed a power meter, collected data from a crit, and sent it to a power guy and said, "tell me what this says about me please." and he basically told me nothing, because one file says nearly nothing.

the more data, the better - because you can draw conclusions about change over time. a test of a relatively untrained or inexperienced person can tell you very little. it can tell you your baseline, but your baseline doesn't say much about what will develop fast based on stimulus. it doesn't say if your aerobic engine or your sprint will improve by leaps and bounds with some training. and unless you're one of the very few gifted people, your baseline will be really low, all around - just like the rest of us.

so if you spend a few years trying to get better in a few different areas, and then you test and see where you really improved (and you reflect on what you really focused on) then testing will say a lot more.
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I was looking over my videos and found these. Both videos are taken of Nate K who recently retired from 6 day track sprint racing.

On the Watt Bike - brutal.


On the track - flying 150

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