Where did you work and how long do I have to work there before they will give me a PM to leave?
Just ride for a while and look at the data. See what happens on hills, flat, junctions, where does the power spike. Sooner or later you will need to do an ftp test to set a threshold, then it gets more complicated.
Yes, but in my experience Zwift on a dumb trainer is not that immersive, I prefer a more training oriented app like TrainerRoad or Sufferfest.
You can use you phone as a bike computer, but Garmin Connect is not the app. There are loads, don’t know the latest recommendations.
Not really even sure how to get started, need some sort of display- instructions only mention Garmin edge or Garmin connect. Guess maybe will start off pairing with Garmin connect on my phone & see what happens
I don’t own vector, but I’m 99% sure you can’t connect it to the phone and record data. That’s not what Garmin connect is. As far as I’m aware, the garmin connect connection is purely for vector firmware updates.
You’d need a suitable bike computer or watch. Even just an old Edge 500 would work, which you should be able to get for cheap as chips. That will record the basic power data. But newer devices which upload via your phone/Bluetooth are so much more convenient than having to plug into a computer each time.
People above mentioned trainerroad. That’s what I use and at least vector 3 also broadcasts in Bluetooth so all phones should work. I have an ant+ only Power2max so am restricted to Samsung phones with ant+ built in to get it to work without phone adapters. There are many similar trainerroad alternatives too. They’ve just put their prices up, altho their podcast this week said they’re doing a week period to lock in old prices.
I’ve never used zwift, but from everything I’ve seen and everyone I’ve spoken to, the immersive aspect relies on a smart trainer. Personally, I just rather train with my own videos/music/podcasts, hence why I use trainerroad
Yes, true. Strava would be an equivalent phone based app to Trainerroad that would also work outdoors in terms of just recording the data. I’m presuming you don’t even need the ant+ phone and that the Vectors can use their dual broadcast to just connect to almost all phones via BT?
I’ve got a smart trainer but packed it away for the summer and have been using a power meter with rollers (a dumb trainer you can fall off!) since.
I use the free software from Golden Cheetah or Veloreality to create interval workouts that you can then follow, albeit without Erg mode. I use a laptop with Ant+ dongle but if you have BT option then you shouldn’t need anything else. There are 1000s of workouts in ErgDB database that you can download to Golden Cheetah, Veloreality you have to build them yourself but it’s pretty easy.
I’ve got some Sportcrafters rollers with progressive resistance built into the rear drum. If you put it in one way round they’re normal rollers, the other the resistance builds with speed. I get more resistance than quoted in the normal position but less in the progressive position but they easily produce more than I can use. I’ll try and post a picture of the graph I did when I tested the resistance in both positions.
In terms of the type of sessions, I find they work well for both but the longest I’ve ridden then for is 90mins. I find as I tire my concentration starts to lapse and I’m more likely to get spat off. I like having them and a turbo as you can just switch off on the turbo and turn your legs whereas the rollers are more immersive so it depends what you’re trying to do at any given time. My winter/summer split seems to work well.