Going around the various forums, one of the common questions I see, is “what fields should I have?” when setting up a GPS computer.
I’d previously done this type of post for my garmin so I’d thought I’d do one for the screens on my elemnt.
The first page is pretty much on screen most of the time. It contains all the critical information.
- W 5 sec, this simply shows my 5 second average power.
- KPH, is my current speed. I’ve found d myself looking at power more than speed recently, so speed is relegated to second field.
- BPM, current heart rate I have my heart rate zones displayed on the left hand LED display.
- RPM, my current cadence
- KM, Distance travelled
- Elevation, current elevation above sea-level.
- DEG-C current temperature
I don’t need much else on that screen. Using the zoom function on the elemnt, the 4 top items are the ones that are most important and on screen in a zoom state.
The climbing screen is pretty much the default. I think I just added RPM and BPM datafields.
There is the default Elevation display at the bottom of the screen.
Similar to the Main screen, this screen shows all the important metrics, along with a KM to go display for the currently loaded course and a ride time display too. As the Elemnt lacks the timed course feature on the Garmin, we have to remember the time we are out to beat and do it manually.
So, I’ve changed over from a Garmin 520 to a Wahoo Elemnt. And despite the missing vowel, it’s a worthy Garmin competitor.
Initially, I thought the LED’s where a little gimmick, but they are actually bloody useful. I’ve currently got mine set to display heart rate zone but have also used them for average speed, and found them useful for a quick reference point.
Screen wise, it’s a lot more readable in all conditions than the garmin, with better field presentation. Speaking of fields, setting up screens on the elemnt is stupidly easy. You just select the fields in the app, and drag and drop to were you want them on screen. Nothing could be easier. Non of this many button pressing garmin malarkey.
I’d replaced the maps on the garmin with open street maps from garmin.openstreetmap.nl which where miles better than the tosh you got preloaded. You can’t replace maps on the elemnt, however they are more than good enough to use as is.
All in all, a great bike GPS unit, and one that’s earned a place on my bike. Just a shame it dos’nt support my garmin lights. Yet.
I’ve written before about the benefits of drafting, but as a solo rider, I barely get a chance to experience it, which makes it feel amazing when I do.
I was heading down Bilton Lane, and saw another rider well ahead. He was properly motoring along. It wasn’t until I caught him up that I noticed he was riding a single speed, which explained his speed along the flat.
But when I did eventually catch him, I felt the amount of power I was putting down decreased for the same speed. I was in practice being towed along.
You can see there, the power applied to catch him, and in the later stages the power goes down, with the occasional pedal rotation as I was being pulled.
I actually quite fancy building up a single speed of my own,but funds are a little lacking at the moment.
When I can afford it, I might buy a cheap track frameset and gradually build it up.