Adjusting resistance - extending handle

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Adjusting resistance - extending handle

Post by balugaa » November 1st, 2020, 8:14 am

Hey all,

Weird one this, but thought id check if anyone has the same problem and potentially a solution/hack.

I am finding, i have to bend way too low to adjust the resistance dial, in pretty much all cases i have to stop pedalling, bend down change it to the setting i want, and then start pedalling again.

Was wondering if anyone has this issue and what they did to solve it. For instance in the wattbike the dial adjuster is extended, which makes it alot easier to reach, if fact can pretty much get to it from the drops. On the bike erg, i need to go wayyyyyy down ..

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Re: Adjusting resistance - extending handle

Post by Cant Climb » November 2nd, 2020, 9:06 am

I always felt this was a bigger problem on the Rower.

On the BikeErg if you stand and bend it is more reachable I think.

I'm thinking Concept2 didn't design longer handle or knob because it could be easily broken off.

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Re: Adjusting resistance - extending handle

Post by DavidA » November 2nd, 2020, 4:14 pm

balugaa wrote:
November 1st, 2020, 8:14 am
Hey all,

Weird one this, but thought id check if anyone has the same problem and potentially a solution/hack.

I am finding, i have to bend way too low to adjust the resistance dial, in pretty much all cases i have to stop pedalling, bend down change it to the setting i want, and then start pedalling again.

Was wondering if anyone has this issue and what they did to solve it. For instance in the wattbike the dial adjuster is extended, which makes it alot easier to reach, if fact can pretty much get to it from the drops. On the bike erg, i need to go wayyyyyy down ..
I think most people adjust it before starting, when it isn't an issue.
If you want to adjust it during your session, you could probably just tape a stick, for instance, to the lever.

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Re: Adjusting resistance - extending handle

Post by djsquared » November 6th, 2020, 3:00 pm

I ride the BikeErg and use Zwift almost exclusively. I follow workouts and training plan that call for different power outputs at various times during a ride. I have not yet felt it to be burdensome to adjust the damper during a ride. I kind of "hacked" my damper by using a white paint pen to enhance the visibility of the damper numbers, and I also added lines and dots (as halfway hash marks to the top of the flywheel. (see attached pic--I verified the marks using the PM5 calibration) I can usually figure out pretty quickly what damper setting corresponds to a specific power output at a particular cadence. For example, if I will a sprint workout that has me putting out intervals of 400 watts for 30 seconds followed by 2 minutes of 175 watt rest, I can figure out that at a cadence of 90 rpm, a damper setting of 4.5 will achieve 400 watts, and a damper setting of 2 will give me 175 watts. (These are just examples, I can't recall exact damper numbers off the top of my head). It may take some fine-tuning, but once the first interval is done, I can remember those settings and quickly reach down to make the adjustment about 3-5 seconds before the next interval begins (it takes about 3-5 seconds for Zwift to recognize a change in output). Overall, it's about as quick as shifting gears on an outdoor bike, and I find it totally workable.

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Re: Adjusting resistance - extending handle

Post by balugaa » November 21st, 2020, 5:19 pm

Thanks

This is a great idea, re the markers.

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Re: Adjusting resistance - extending handle

Post by balugaa » November 24th, 2020, 9:23 am

And completely forgot to add,

Extended the handle using a locking long nose plier gripping onto some old handlebar tape. works perfectly for me at east

Wrapped the whole thing with handle bar tape, will get something more pleasing to they eye, once i dont have to wait in line to get into a hardware store ..

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