Want to see my sausage? My Wattbike analysis
by charlieelise Mar 13th 2012
This was fun! Another good thing at the Triathlon Show was Wattbike. The guys there were doing pedal analysis and showing off their computers, gadgets and of course the bikes. I got a Trainer model, which is the same model they have in the gym. Apparently the 'pro' resistance starts higher ( about level 4 on the trainer) and as it also has 10, it goes higher as a result.
I was embarrassingly sweaty during this test actually. They warmed me up and got me to 95 rpm cadence in order to assess my pedalling. Apparently I'm quite even: the angle is good, my power was 50/50 and I even managed a borderline sausage shape, although I personally think it's quite peanutty. Tell me what you think...
Either way I'm happy as I was expecting to be awful. They did tell me to keep my heels down - I had thought this was not correct so that was good to know. I also didn't know 95 was supposed to be optimum efficiency. Another thing Ian, the nice man who monitored me and printed off my results said that spinning is considered very bad for technique, which I guess makes sense. I don't think I will give it up on that basis: I enjoy it too much and although I tend to commute and cycle most places I haven't done big rides recently, although they will be starting soon.
The Wattbike is, I guess a good replacement for a turbo and gadgets you would buy to attach to it, and although you can spend a lot on turbos at about 2k it's out of my price (and room) range. You can rent them from £60 a month apparently which I'm sure is worth it to a lot of people. I will continue hogging on the in the hypoxic and sweating profusely for now!
I never really rode a bike as a kid, and was generally very unsporty and chubby. So naturally, now I do triathlons. I try to raise some money once a year too, chuck something in the bucket here: