New rider here My name’s Diego and i’m a 34 years old engineer guy which has a passion for creating himself things. As many of people around the world, i’m in quarantine forced to home, and i’ve never experienced the need to use trainers before, because i loved to run my MTB outside in all conditions and all seasons. Actually, since i’m forced to stay at home, and went too late for buying a trainer (and i’m a bit short of money as well), since i had to cover some freetime and doing some sport, i’ve decided to mix all passions and make my trainers myself. Steel frame and two steel pipes behind, being welded with some SKF spare bearings i had in my garage. Actually it works like a charm, i’m so happy about that and the price of the entire work was about zero because i’ve used only spare parts i’ve found in my garage.
After that, i was looking for something fun to watch/do during my workouts, and then i find this very nice software.
I’ve bought a set of Garmin sensors 2 (both cadence and speed).
Ingame, both sensors are being readed, and they work, but obviously my trainer is not supported (so i had to choose those not listed, and the zPower option is unavailable, so had to click on the “classic” way).
So what’s the problem? i think using “only” speed and cadence sensors, the watt power showed is way too much lower than my actual one i’m developing, since the trainer resistance is (i think) much more stronger than a ready to buy trainer (is all done by steel).
My sensations are that the resistance developed from my own built trainer is comparable to be always on slope, not that high but definitely not on straight.
I’ve a Garmin Forerunner 735xt which i use during my workouts, and i’ve already bought (waiting for the package right now) an ant+ dongle, so in that way i will add the heart rate sensor from my watch.
Do you think, adding the heart rate, the power calculation will be more accurate? is zwift using the heart rate as variable for the output power?
Actually i’m only doing 40w and 5mph on a 4% slope…ok, i’m not a pro, but i’m not that slow
Thank you in advance for any advice,
have a nice day!