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Old 01-01-21, 01:50 PM
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Mileage on Wahoo Kickr Core

Not sure if everyone else has observed this, but when in ERG mode, your wattage is obviously the same regardless of gear ratio. So when riding in say, the small ring, putting out the same wattage, the speed and distance will be dramatically different than when in the big ring.

It definitely screws up morale if in the big ring up front and smaller rear COG because the Wahoo Kickr (or the app) is thinking you are going faster even though you are putting out the same power.
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On an indoor trainer your speed and distance will always be zero.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
On an indoor trainer your speed and distance will always be zero.
Yes, it's best to ignore distance and keep track of time when indoors. Riding with zwift also tends to create unrealistic speed & distance numbers. I prefer to do my intervals in the big ring so the speed/distance are reasonably close.
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I don't do trainers yet, but do get on a stationary bike some. I've always disliked the idea of speed and distance on all of these things. Between all the indoor riding devices it's going to be a more arguable metric than Calories derived from HR monitors.

Time and power to me seem the better things to worry about and use for comparison to actual cycling.
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If I counted distance, I could probably include my roller time because my roller's power curve seems very close to my outdoor power curve w/r to speed. But I don't. It does matter to some tiny extent how fast you go because that affects flywheel inertia. And some erg trainers do vary the resistance with speed, especially dropping below some critical speed. You might look that up as see if that's true of yours. If there is a critical lower speed, I'd say ride as close to it as is practical for steady-state work, to keep flywheel momentum down. Makes it harder, harder is good. One would probably have to ride an erg with a power meter to see what's really going on.

For time, I think in erg mode you can figure you get your training done in about 3/4 the time you'd spend outdoors doing it. Erg mode never eases off.
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I have not used the Wahoo app, but the virtual speed on most apps is based on your power, or power to weight ratio (w/kg).

The only things that actually changes when shifting gears in ERG mode since the power is theoretically, and in practice mostly the same is peddling dynamics (it's worth the 7 minutes to watch this video).

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Originally Posted by zen_ View Post
I have not used the Wahoo app, but the virtual speed on most apps is based on your power, or power to weight ratio (w/kg).

The only things that actually changes when shifting gears in ERG mode since the power is theoretically, and in practice mostly the same is peddling dynamics (it's worth the 7 minutes to watch this video).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHUOhmG04M8
I will put it this way: When I look at my Wahoo APP while riding in ERG Mode, and switch the gear ratio, my speed changes, but power remains the same.
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That's what ERG mode is supposed to do isn't it? Keep your power output the same regardless of gear or cadence?
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Originally Posted by Het Volk View Post
I will put it this way: When I look at my Wahoo APP while riding in ERG Mode, and switch the gear ratio, my speed changes, but power remains the same.
Are you using a wheel speed sensor?

Again, I don't know how the Wahoo app calculates (virtual) speed. The three ways it can be calculated on an indoor trainer are wheel speed (usually used when power is not available), power alone (e.g. TrainerRoad, w/o simulated climbing or drafting), or power-to-weight (e.g. Zwift /w simulated climbs). The latter is probably closest to to real world speed (assuming you don't draft in a blob of riders or weigh 20 pounds less online), but they are are virtual numbers at the end of the day. The only number that matters for training inside is power, and heart rate to some degree to keep track of fitness and fatigue.

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Originally Posted by zen_ View Post
Are you using a wheel speed sensor?

Again, I don't know how the Wahoo app calculates (virtual) speed. The three ways it can be calculated on an indoor trainer are wheel speed (usually used when power is not available), power alone (e.g. TrainerRoad, w/o simulated climbing or drafting), or power-to-weight (e.g. Zwift /w simulated climbs). The latter is probably closest to to real world speed (assuming you don't draft in a blob of riders or weigh 20 pounds less online), but they are are virtual numbers at the end of the day. The only number that matters for training inside is power, and heart rate to some degree to keep track of fitness and fatigue.

The Wahoo Kickr Core provides data based on I am guessing, some form of algorithm based on the combination of speed and force on the magnetic device? Otherwise, no other speed sensor involved.
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Originally Posted by Het Volk View Post

It definitely screws up morale if in the big ring up front and smaller rear COG because the Wahoo Kickr (or the app) is thinking you are going faster even though you are putting out the same power.
Screws up morale, like, makes you feel better because you're going further and faster? Or worse?

In erg mode, I try to pick a gear that allows for a similar average speed to what I maintain outside. I don't want time and mileage messed up too muich indoors since climbing already is.
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Originally Posted by Het Volk View Post
The Wahoo Kickr Core provides data based on I am guessing, some form of algorithm based on the combination of speed and force on the magnetic device? Otherwise, no other speed sensor involved.
I'd assume it's measuring power output and yes, using an algorithm that calculates what your speed on the road would be for that power output, given your mass, the virtual slope, and estimated wind and rolling resistance. In Erg mode your wheel speed is meaningless because you could theoretically be spinning 39x30 or 53x11 at the same cadence and putting out the same power, but on the actual road you might be going 9 mph with one and 34 in the other.
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
I'd assume it's measuring power output and yes, using an algorithm that calculates what your speed on the road would be for that power output, given your mass, the virtual slope, and estimated wind and rolling resistance. In Erg mode your wheel speed is meaningless because you could theoretically be spinning 39x30 or 53x11 at the same cadence and putting out the same power, but on the actual road you might be going 9 mph with one and 34 in the other.
that does not seem right to me. i will be riding tonight and will be sure to test that since it is pretty easy to do.
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Originally Posted by Het Volk View Post
The Wahoo Kickr Core provides data based on I am guessing, some form of algorithm based on the combination of speed and force on the magnetic device? Otherwise, no other speed sensor involved.
it has a speed sensor built in. the number of rear wheel rotations is counted per some unit of time (can't recall what the units are). its all quite meaningless outside of an indoor metric.
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that does not seem right to me. i will be riding tonight and will be sure to test that since it is pretty easy to do.
Think riding uphill vs. on the flat. Both riding the same wattage....the guy on the flat is going to go faster and further.
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Originally Posted by spelger View Post
that does not seem right to me. i will be riding tonight and will be sure to test that since it is pretty easy to do.
There may be limitations to this based on the possible ranges of resistance inherent in the trainer itself, but you can definitely be turning the same cadence at the same power in a range of gears in Erg mode. That's kind of the whole point.
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There may be limitations to this based on the possible ranges of resistance inherent in the trainer itself, but you can definitely be turning the same cadence at the same power in a range of gears in Erg mode. That's kind of the whole point.
i may have misunderstood what you were saying. certainly in ERG mode power is to be controlled at the target power level regardless of cadence. i thought you were inferring that speed would be the same and that is what i did not think was quite right...

by the way, does anyone know what ERG stands for? my search turns up ERG to be short for Ergometer. but what is that exactly? speedometer...speed, altimeter...altitude, tensiometer...tension, but what is the ERG in Ergometer? if i recall erg is a unit of energy but i though that was a unit for atomic scaled particles.
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Originally Posted by jadocs View Post
Think riding uphill vs. on the flat. Both riding the same wattage....the guy on the flat is going to go faster and further.
thanks, not having trouble knowing what ERG mode is.
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Originally Posted by spelger View Post
i may have misunderstood what you were saying. certainly in ERG mode power is to be controlled at the target power level regardless of cadence. i thought you were inferring that speed would be the same and that is what i did not think was quite right...

by the way, does anyone know what ERG stands for? my search turns up ERG to be short for Ergometer. but what is that exactly? speedometer...speed, altimeter...altitude, tensiometer...tension, but what is the ERG in Ergometer? if i recall erg is a unit of energy but i though that was a unit for atomic scaled particles.
No, what I meant was that on a trainer in erg mode, "speed" would be a meaningless concept, because no matter what gear or cadence, the power output is the same. I haven't played around with the Wahoo ap for my Snap to know whether they do a power-based virtual speed calculation, like Zwift and others do, but Erg mode makes that meaningless anyhow.
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