My focus in the winter months is on training and preparation for the next season. Most of my training is highly structured workouts on the turbo, however, I do get out and do some real world riding occasionally, and this is the bike I am using at the moment ……
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The standard method is to measure height from the ground and off-set of the saddle nose from the centre line of the bottom bracket. This works well on a single bike but is not ideal when trying to replicate the back-end geometry between different bikes. Here’s an alternative method that I use …..
Now available without the need to email …. … and if you are wondering what the illustration is, one of the bar end plugs is a dummy and the other is a toggle switch for my eTap rear mech., both cables are in the same extension, therefore no need for an exposed cable to the blip box.
Having done extensive “Open Area Testing” at multiple venues, and cross-calibrated them, I’ve always wanted to validate my field-testing results directly with results from a wind tunnel session. The Wind Tunnel at the Boardman Performance Centre has made this more affordable, so I booked a session.
If you go to an event and observe the riders on time trial machines you will see a wide range of front end positions. Getting the most efficient position for both aero performance and power production is the Holy Grail. In this post I attempt to give some structure to the process of finding that position ….
I book a three hour slot at Newport Velodrome once or twice a year, and use the data to validate my “open field” test results and to refine options. In this session I was benchmarking a 54 P3 with a new configuration of bars and wheels. In parallel I tested some shoe and helmet combinations.
If you are doing high end intervals ERG mode isn’t always what you need. There is a way to disable ERG mode in Zwift without having Zwift change the turbo resistance if the terrain changes e.g. the incline changes or you ride over a bit of “feature landscape” like a wooden bridge section. It does mean manually creating a .zwo …
Those that have read the Aerolab User Guide will have noted the requirements to set the air density, or Rho, as it is termed, and also set the Coefficient of Rolling Resistance, or Crr.
I have been asked the question, how accurate are the results from Aerolab? It’s not a straight forward answer as there are margins of error in multiple aspects of the process.
I find it quite useful to have some idea of what my wind tunnel numbers might be. One way to do this is to cross-calibrate test venues with a trace back to a wind tunnel result.