How to increase watts on strava?

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How to increase watts on strava?

Postby Bwgan » Fri Jan 04, 2013 15:23 pm

Obviously I know it's not going to be accurate, but my 5 min power is 352w and 10 mins is 295w. I'm getting PRs very time I go out, so. I must be getting faster/fitter, but the watts never seem to go up

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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby NapoleonD » Fri Jan 04, 2013 15:26 pm

That's because the watts on Strava are miles out and worse, incredibly inconsistent.
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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby displacedaussie » Fri Jan 04, 2013 15:30 pm

The only way to really and accurately increase your watts on Strava is to get a power meter then get stronger.

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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby Bwgan » Fri Jan 04, 2013 15:31 pm

Fair enough then, knew they wouldn't be accurate, but thought they would still increase. Maybe one day I'll log on and be 600 lol

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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby Bwgan » Fri Jan 04, 2013 15:39 pm

displacedaussie wrote:The only way to really and accurately increase your watts on Strava is to get a power meter then get stronger.


Just had a look, are they really £1000? :shock:

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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby xcmad » Fri Jan 04, 2013 15:54 pm

Maybe its calculated using your weight

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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby schweiz » Fri Jan 04, 2013 15:57 pm

Bwgan wrote:
displacedaussie wrote:The only way to really and accurately increase your watts on Strava is to get a power meter then get stronger.


Just had a look, are they really £1000? :shock:


They can be but you can pick up a powertap hub for £5-600, a rim for £40 and 32 spokes for £26 which comes in at £570-£670. Oh, and you'll need either a Garmin Edge 705/500/800 or the Joule head unit too!

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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby displacedaussie » Fri Jan 04, 2013 15:58 pm

The Strava calculations do use your weight, yes. Best bet if you really want to log in and see a bigger number is to increase the weight set on your profile every day. If you "weigh" 700kg, you will get a very high power calculation from Strava. :roll:

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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby iPete » Fri Jan 04, 2013 15:58 pm

How to put them up?

Log into Strava and list your bike weight as 20kg and add another 50 or 60kg to your weight for good measure. ;)

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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby schweiz » Fri Jan 04, 2013 16:04 pm

xcmad wrote:Maybe its calculated using your weight


It will be a calculation based amongst other things on rider weight, bike weight, speed, height change, an average coefficient of friction for a road surface and an average aerodynamic drag value.

Just bump up your weight by a 1000 kg and you'll have more power than Sellafield. Your W/kg won't improve though.

Compared to my powertap it's not too far out for the average power but far enough out to be of any use for training.

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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby roger merriman » Fri Jan 04, 2013 18:15 pm

NapoleonD wrote:That's because the watts on Strava are miles out and worse, incredibly inconsistent.


Certainly on short segments I've got huge variations for same or close times.

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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby NapoleonD » Fri Jan 04, 2013 18:36 pm

As an experiment I'm going to record a ride on strava and seperately with my garmin/powertap and see what the differences actually are...
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Re: How to increase watts on strava?

Postby Bwgan » Fri Jan 04, 2013 18:52 pm

NapoleonD wrote:As an experiment I'm going to record a ride on strava and seperately with my garmin/powertap and see what the differences actually are...


Be interesting to see!!


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