Watt Bike, Trainerroad and Wahoo Kicker Question

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Watt Bike, Trainerroad and Wahoo Kicker Question

Postby Ck101 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 20:56 pm

I have a Wahoo Kicker and I have been using Trainer road now for three months.

I have got to Base II which I extended for a month because the sessions we taxing enough and I had missed a large tract of winter training due to a crash. I ride two or three session a week on the Wahoo and a 4 hr on the road, my FTP is 240.

My company have bought 4 Watt bikes for their gym, I don't expect to be able hog them for sessions over an hour due to demand. Can anyone with knowledge of the Watt bike suggest the best way to integrate the Watt bikes into my programme? Ideally I'd like to swap one of the Wahoo sessions with a Watt bike.

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Re: Watt Bike, Trainerroad and Wahoo Kicker Question

Postby Ck101 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 21:49 pm

Good advice Luke. I'm not familiar with the WB at all, could have got caught up in that level of technical overload.

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Re: Watt Bike, Trainerroad and Wahoo Kicker Question

Postby Alex_Simmons/RST » Tue Jun 10, 2014 23:50 pm

However if due to work etc, it's a case of ride the WB or miss out on training, then ride the WB. It's there and reasonably convenient and that's often an important factor to getting training done. Better than missing out.

You can probably view your TR session on a tablet or laptop if you really wanted to, or just look at what the session is about and attempt to replicate the main elements on your WB session. It doesn't need to be exact.

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Re: Watt Bike, Trainerroad and Wahoo Kicker Question

Postby Charlie Potatoes » Wed Jun 11, 2014 01:59 am

The Watt Bike is Ant+ compatible.
Can you not just take a laptop into the gym and do a TR workout?

http://wattbike.com/uk/blog/post/wattbike_connects_to_your_favourite_online_training_diary
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Re: Watt Bike, Trainerroad and Wahoo Kicker Question

Postby bahzob » Wed Jun 11, 2014 08:41 am

The Wattbike is capable of providing a very good workout and simulation of "real bikes". It's not as good as the "real thing" but better than most other bike simulators.

You should be able to set it up very quickly. Just spend some time use getting position same as your real bike, note the settings on seat post, front fork and stem and reset each time you use. If you can I'd advise using your own saddle. All in all getting ready to ride shouldn't take more than 2-3 mins max.

In terms of what to do then you can do whatever you would do on a real bike. However if time is limited, say over lunch, then best is threshold+ work or maybe a solid hour at sweetspot.

(PS If you have access to a wattbike it would be silly not to take a look at its polar analysis view. You may find it looks great but if it doesnt then you may find changing it will yield some good results....)

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Re: Watt Bike, Trainerroad and Wahoo Kicker Question

Postby Bar Shaker » Thu Jun 12, 2014 13:53 pm

The test I saw with a Wattbike fitted with Garmin pedals showed the power readings to be very close to each other, although no meter will be 100% accurate.

You can't even consider the structured training that a Wattbike or Kickr can give you, by just sitting on a turb "pedalling really hard". There aren't many pros that don't use one of these modern trainers, for good reason.
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