Sebastian Schluricke on Aero Testing
Aerotune's Sebastian Schluricke is back to offer advice on getting started with aero testing, improving accuracy, and to answer listener questions.
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- 4:30 the real, race-tested value of aero testing in pro athletes at 70.3 Maine and IM Hamburg
- 9:45 equipment and tactics required for low-accuracy aero testing (error of +/- 5%)
- GPS-enabled bike computer
- Single-sided power meter
- Any 1000m route
- Deep wheels
- 11:15 equipment and tactics required for medium-accuracy aero testing (error of +/- 3%). Same as above plus
- A dedicated speed sensor
- A test route without strong head / tail wind and minimal traffic
- Low-depth wheels
- Dual-sided power meter
- 15:00 equipment and tactics required for high-accuracy aero testing (error of +/- <2%). Same as above plus
- Crank-based power meter
- Excellent position control
- 15:15 the value of an accurate power meter
- 21:45 test route analysis on Aerotune
- 23:45 difference in testing outdoors vs in the velodrome
- 24:45 learning to hold position
- 39:30 improving testing accuracy without buying new sensors
- Use the 1000m testing option
- Repeat your setups more times
- Find a test route with some solid tree cover
- 43:00 faster tires = immediate, substantial speed gains
- 46:45 confounding possibilities during testing
- 48:00 listener Q: how much do beards affect aero drag?
- 50:30 listener Q: what can you test if you only have one helmet and one suit?
- Leave saddle alone
- Front end stack
- Front end reach
- Pad width (distance between pads)
- Head position
- Hip rotation
- Shoulder shrug
- Just start testing!
- Test with your friends / teammates
- 59:00 aero implications of bottle placement on a road bike
For more context, have a listen to our first chat with Sebastian and also the one with his partner Bjorn Kafka. Check out the platform and do your own testing.