How do I get more efficient?

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How do I get more efficient?

Post by Etupes25 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:39 pm

So, great! I can see the bike unnecessary movement, the lack of efficiency of the turning of the cranks.
I don't know what do to about it, though.
Does somebody has some advice on how to get better at this?
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Re: How do I get more efficient?

Post by Luis » Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:07 pm

Looks like you haven't got much traction on your question. I am new to PowerPod and PowerStroke but I have spent a good part of my life doing data analysis. The file you uploaded is rather interesting. You have a lot of raw power. I tried to view sections of your ride. If Isaac shows the powerstroke for just the sections I highlighted your pedal stroke is remarkable constant.What is was hoping to do is to see how you were on uphill v. downhill. Side to side motion is often high on climbs, but it looked the same on the back side of the slope.

I was surprised at how round my pedaling is after I got the PowerPod. The forestroke of each foot is nearly in the green and one the upstroke as well with a little outside the green at the top. I am not bragging you have great power numbers.

My suggestion for you is to work on smoothing out your pedaling maybe do some high cadence drills on the flats on calm days if possible. Don't try to grind big gears but work the small gears. If you can spin a bit above 100 rpm smoothly shift to a higher gear keeping the same cadence. If your hips are bouncing you may have a fit problem or just saddle height.

I don't know how old you are. I am 68 and fit has to be just right. When younger I didn't worry about it much, but I would've been a better cyclist with proper fit. Now if the fit is off I may cripple myself.

Edit to add: Click <HELP> click <HELP DOCUMENTS> click <POWER STROKE INSTRUCTIONS> This will load a pdf document. The first half has to do with Newton. Scroll down to the sections on Power Stroke. This paragraph seems to confirm my analysis of your file.
Excessive wobbling, and what causes it
Most cyclists wobble far more than they need to. Excessive wobbling can be a result of improper bike fit, frame size/type, and pedaling style—either singly, or most often, in combination.
The GPS feature combined with GOOGLE maps might help as well in analyzing wasted watts.

Remember I am a novice at PowerPod and Stroke. But I am an old veteran cyclists. Good luck, pedal round and show them a clean set of wheels.

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