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Old 11-15-07, 08:13 PM   #1
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Just scored a PTap...

...and I have a few questions

1. Do you have a helluva time getting the head unit fully clicked into the handlebar mount?

2. Is it best to set the power average at 10 sec for intervals, so that yout target range is easier to peg?

3. Could the user interface be any worse?

4. I'm an idiot I know, but how do you "start" and "stop" the workout?
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1. No

2. I personally have mine at 2 seconds because it seems like a good all around number(for sprints or longer workouts)

3. No problems here

4. Press a button to wake the unit up, unclick the head unit when you are done. If you have the yellow computer, you can hold "Select" to enter and exit interval mode.
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First the new ride and now this? You're really rubbing our nose in it today.

Enjoy them both.
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Old 11-15-07, 08:31 PM   #4
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3. Could the user interface be any worse?
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...and I have a few questions

1. Do you have a helluva time getting the head unit fully clicked into the handlebar mount?

2. Is it best to set the power average at 10 sec for intervals, so that yout target range is easier to peg?

3. Could the user interface be any worse?

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I'm an idiot I know, but how do you "start" and "stop" the workout?
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First the new ride and now this? You're really rubbing our nose in it today.

Enjoy them both.
In spite of the fact that both Napoleon and Hitler failed, I've decided to launch my own winter offensive, albeit a schwag offensive. So far, so good.
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Head unit should slide right into the bar mount...


One thing I'd recommend is to just go out and ride your bike and watch wattage when you can. Don't go out and start to do intervals right away. I think it's worthwhile to get a feel of how variable your output is before you start putting structure around everything.

The other thing is, go buy the book if you haven't already done so. Read, learn and apply. If you're dedicated and you have the time to devote you just might find step 3 in your sig occuring more often than you think possible.
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One thing I'd recommend is to just go out and ride your bike and watch wattage when you can. Don't go out and start to do intervals right away. I think it's worthwhile to get a feel of how variable your output is before you start putting structure around everything.

The other thing is, go buy the book if you haven't already done so. Read, learn and apply. If you're dedicated and you have the time to devote you just might find step 3 in your sig occuring more often than you think possible.
Oh, I'm dedicated like a motherf*cker. My genes on the other hand...

I've got T.W.P, but I don't think it addresses these specific questions. Flame me if I'm wrong.
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In spite of the fact that both Napoleon and Hitler failed, I've decided to launch my own winter offensive, albeit a schwag offensive. So far, so good.
The first winter snows have barely tickled Mt. Cad my little weenie. The Steppes of Schwag have destroyed bigger OCP's than you. The picture of you freezing to death in 3' of snow surrounded by Zipp Wheels, TT bikes, Power Taps and frozen EPO syringes is tragic, yet oddly compelling. Ask DocRay. He appears to be mired in a frozen cultural and intellectual wasteland surrounded by thousands of square miles (kilometers in his case) of frozen tundra with nothing to comfort him but silly bike gear. Your big advantage is that you'll probably ride your stuff.
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I've got T.W.P, but I don't think it addresses these specific questions. Flame me if I'm wrong.


I wasn't flaming you dude. The suggestion to buy The Book was for the training and interpretation info within...
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I wasn't flaming you dude. The suggestion to buy The Book was for the training and interpretation info within...
Sorry, I just meant that I didn't see where they really got into the particulars of the PT in the book, but if I'd missed it, I was willing to take the heat.
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...and I have a few questions

1. Do you have a helluva time getting the head unit fully clicked into the handlebar mount?

2. Is it best to set the power average at 10 sec for intervals, so that yout target range is easier to peg?

3. Could the user interface be any worse?

4. I'm an idiot I know, but how do you "start" and "stop" the workout?
1. My newer 2.4 CPU fits more snugly, for sure.

2. Mine is set to 3 seconds, works fine for me.

3. CPU interface, I assume? The only thing I hate is the fact that the "Clear" combination of buttons is the same combination of buttons that serves other functions. But I don't muck with it much anymore while I'm riding. However I set it up when I leave the house is the way it stays, usually.

4. Start = Turn pedals over with feet clipped in. Stop = Get off bike. If you mean starting intervals, and marking their finish, just "tap" both buttons at the same time.

To view only the current interval's information (avg's/max's) - hold the "Mode" key down until you see the interval number on the left hand side.

To review intervals on the CPU, tap the Mode button until the interval number is flashing. Then hold down the select button until an "M" appears next to the number. Then you can press the "select" button to cycle through the marked intervals while the interval number is flashing. Just pick the interval you want to review, click the mode button until you get to the stat you want to review (eg. avg watts, or HR, or whatever). Lately I don't even bother with this during the ride. Just ride, and review that crud later. Takes the paralysis by analysis out while you're riding.

Also... take some time to ride without analyzing much of anything. Ride like you normally have for a couple weeks until you get used to seeing the thing there in front of you. Then you can have an idea of pacing/testing when you want to test for FTP/MAP or whatever.
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1. it was a snug fit, definitely

2. i just got my pt about a month ago and have it set to three seconds. mostly personal preference

3. it's far from perfect, but i can imagine slipping a couple rings further into cyclecomputer hell

4. don't need to do it manually.
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Old 11-22-07, 08:50 PM   #14
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2. 2 or 3 seconds is good...don't use 1, it's way too noisy.
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