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wattage, MTB on road

gingamangingaman Posts: 576
edited September 2013 in MTB general
Hi everybody. First time poster here. A question to Strava users about wattage (or anyone who can answer it!). this ride shows an awful lot of watts being laid down, but I dont have any sort of power meter/sensor attached. How does Strava guess the watts?

Also, my power is over double that of the people nearest to me, am I working too hard for my result or am I too inefficient or what?




  • BarteosBarteos Posts: 657
    gingaman wrote:
    How does Strava guess the watts?gingaman

    It uses a random number generator :wink:
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    gingaman wrote:
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  • jds_1981jds_1981 Posts: 1,858
    It does some VERY rough guesswork, one of the parameters is your weight & your bike weight. Are you a fatty?
    The guestimates will be even further off if you're draughting.

    I've taken a reading from my CX bike (with power meter) for a stretch on clear road, probably on the tops.
    225 watts for 37 km/h

    A sample from the track you've given gives an estimated 350 watts for 30 km/h

    So quite a large discrepancy
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  • jds_1981jds_1981 Posts: 1,858
    & I think it is vey unlikely the output is anywhere near 350 watts.
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  • @jds_1981 yes, i am a recovering fatty... far too many beers &c. One of the reasons i got the bike in the first place was to get fitter and lose weight, and i have gone through 3 chains and cassettes attempting just that (since feb!).
  • The problem is that you're using Strava. An app for people who want to compete against strangers without the risk of any social interaction
  • I was using mapmyride but found I was getting erroneous readings in some categories, so switched. Whichever app I do use is mainly to record and (try to) improve on my previous times/ average mph etc, while at the same time working on my general fitness.
  • ...And of course,
    to compete against strangers without the risk of any social interaction
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