I am the main engineer/scientist/cyclist/triathlete/techjunkie behind the sensor (Chris Morton, if you want to look me up). Happy to discuss it and answer as many questions as possible. I also would love to hear advice/feedback on what would be your ideal product to use on a daily basis.
- For those that are experienced with GoldenCheetah, at the end of a ride would you like the 'aerolab' feature to be done automatically via an app? Keep in mind, the automatic computation would include a graphical representation of the data, and enable adjustments to be made so you are no relinquishing control.
- Would you see value in building an avatar which provided CdA information for different positions/equipment/environmental conditions?
It'd be nice if you could set it to automatically aerolab the ride, so long as it was optional. It'd definitely help for the people who aren't familiar with GC/Aerolab.
As for the avatar, incorporating a "baseline" setup the rider could refer back to (and, if they were really trying to keep things as accurate as possible, test again at the beginning of each new session) might be nice. I know I have a notebook full of dates/temp/wind/test protocol/etc that is a bit of a chore to update on site. (I always forget something if I wait until later) So the ability to "store" some gear you know you'd be using over and over (bike/helmet/suit/etc) would make things a lot quicker.
Would hope for a more "user friendly/easy mode/quick recap" App, (would be especially nice for traveling testers/races so they don't need a laptop/pc to pour over data) but still the ability to upload it in GC and have full control.
This would certainly be optional (using the aerolab type analysis post-ride). Some rides will not prove to be worth completing any analysis for CdA (e.g., rides with substantial use of brakes, or drafting when you really want an unassisted CdA value). Indeed, the key is to bring in current GC experts as well as new consumers - people who aren't familiar with GC. Those unfamiliar with GC would benefit substantially from the automated analysis.
For the avatar, indeed, data collected on a baseline setup (you will have freedom to name your setups, e.g., "aero01") would be good to have for comparison. The intent for the avatar is to integrate this into a race course emulator - ideally enabling the software to make equipment suggestions for the rider to have his/her optimal performance for a known course and anticipated environmental conditions.
Chris Morton, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
co-Founder and inventor of AeroLab Tech
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