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Discussion: Power

in: veinbuster; veinbuster > 2016-01-11

Jan 12, 2016 12:01 PM # 
Nice work!
Jan 12, 2016 12:46 PM # 
I've been trying to find a decent power level I can maintain without blowing my heart out of range. While I've always liked a higher cadence for climbing, there is pretty strong evidence that I can maintain higher power levels if I keep the cadence down.
Jan 12, 2016 1:53 PM # 
Jan 12, 2016 2:11 PM # 
Probably a strange question, but can you generate/maintain the same power on the 'bents as on the upright bike? I often thought that 'bents need less power for more speed, but you can crank more watts on the upright bikes.
Jan 12, 2016 6:27 PM # 
I've never had an upright bike on the power meter, but I don't think I could get any more power out of them. I am inclined to agree that when actually moving, you would need less power on a 'bent with a low profile than on a traditional bike.

I think I can get a quicker uptick in power on an upright by standing and basically jumping on the pedals. I've been surprised how steep I can get the power curve on the 'bent - but it is a few revolutions of the pedal to get ramped up rather than 1/2 a revolution on the upright.

I think my efficiency at higher power levels is much better on the 'bent, largely because my body as a whole is much quieter. I'd have to train myself to stay that still on an upright. That would be easier if I could hold an aero position.

My max power on the Bacchetta was a hair over 1000 watts. I'm not sure if I could hit that on an upright. As far as maintaining the power, I can definitely hold the higher levels on the 'bent for longer. This might not be the case for a rider with better veins.
Jan 12, 2016 9:43 PM # 
Hoo, that's a lot of watts! Thanks for the thorough answer.

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