Introducing Cycling Dynamics from Garmin® – revolutionary cycling metrics for Vector™ power meter


Source: Garmin Blog

Garmin announce Cycling Dynamics – revolutionary metrics on the dual-sensing Vector™ pedal-based power meter that provide feedback to cyclists on their position and pedal form. Cycling Dynamics’ initial advanced metrics include seated/standing position, Power Phase, and Platform Center Offset for a comprehensive picture of how cyclists ride their bikes. With Cycling Dynamics, cyclists, coaches, bike fitters, physical therapists and more can analyze individual data for precise prescriptive actions.

“There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for improving cycling efficiency – bike fit, position effectiveness, and training techniques all need to be personalized,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Cycling Dynamics’ in-depth metrics for form and riding style are intended to help save time and frustration during the typical trial and error stage of assessing weaknesses and determining best solutions so cyclists can ride longer, faster and more comfortably.”

Seated/Standing Position

Cyclists typically have a unique preference for position on the bike during climbs and sprints. With Cycling Dynamics, Vector instantaneously detects and flags riding position (seated or standing) during a ride by comparing forces applied to the pedals. Current position, summaries of how often and how long riders have been in the position, and power data can be displayed in real time.

Post-ride, users can upload their data to Garmin Connect™ to view each position, associated cadence and speed, compare time spent seated vs. standing, learn how a position affects power output, and analyze climbs and sprints. This data can be useful when determining position effectiveness, and identifying any tendencies to move positions during particular moments of a ride.

Power Phase (PP)

The Cycling Dynamics Power Phase provides a valuable description of how a cyclist is currently producing power in a pedal stroke. Vector detects where the leg is generating positive torque in a pedal stroke, where the greatest concentration of positive torque is, at what angle these forces begin and end, and where the concentration of power is produced. The dual-sensing capabilities also allow cyclists to take their analysis one step further and see if there are differences between the left and right leg.


Platform Center Offset (PCO)

The Platform Center Offset measurement system allows Vector to identify how force is distributed across the pedal platform during the pedal stroke. Cyclists can view and evaluate where force is applied relative to the center of the pedal platform and what the PCO distribution is over a given period of time. Analysis of this data may assist in determining proper bike fit, and be helpful with rehabilitation and prevention of injury for cyclists.

Cycling Dynamics metrics will be available to dual-sensing Vector users via a software update in late 2014.

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  1. If you’re not into long reviews, the title of this review pretty much sums it up.

    I’ve only had this watch for a week, but researched for months and knew exactly what features I was looking for.

    First, my main use cases:
    Running, swimming, cycling; but majority running. I used to do Triathlon’s but just run and swim now mainly for health (and honestly stress relief). I wanted an activity tracker also and liked the idea of an optical heart rate sensor. Some limited smart watch functionality would be nice also. But definitely waterproof, built in GPS for running, and basic stop-watch functionality and something I could wear 24/7 as a daily watch also.

    Watches I was considering:
    Apple Watch, Forerunner 235, 735x, Fenix 3 HR, TomTom Mult-Sport Cardio, TomTom Spark, TomTom Spark+Music, Suunto Sparten, Ambit 3, etc. pretty much any of the GPS sport watches, ideally with the optical heart rate. I don’t train hard or by heart rate really, and have had the chest straps in the past; just liked the idea of checking my resting heart rate at times and the activity tracker that comes on most of these sport watches.

    Also, the Apple Watch was out, unless I went with the Waterfi version (waterproof version of it at @ $600). Of course, as I’m writing this, the new Series 2 Apple Watch was announced which is waterproof and has built in GPS. Which, may have altered my decision. I am an iPhone user, but in the end, regardless, I don’t really care for the Apple Watch look and am glad I chose the 735xt.

    I was able to visit a local REI and try on all the Garmin devices. I REALLY love the Fenix 3 HR and the style, but I have small wrists (6.5″) and in the end, it was just too large. It wouldn’t even fit under the cuff of my basic dress shirt, and didn’t see myself wearing it to bed to take advantage of the sleep functionality. The TomTom’s didn’t really look like I could wear them every day as a watch. I did consider the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music as I liked the idea of not having to carry my phone. But then I really decided that I carry my phone not only for the music, but also in case of emergency.

    The Garmin VivoActive HR had everything I wanted and cheaper, and even would have liked the idea of having golf (even though I haven’t golfed in 10 years), but it’s just darn ugly (IMO).

    In the end, it really came down to the Garmin 235 vs 735xt. And whether the multi-sport and swimming functionality of the 735 was worth an extra $120. And so obviously I decided on the 735xt. Which I’m glad I did because it works awesome in the pool. For me it just came down to whether or not I wanted to track distance in the pool instead of just time and if that was worth $120.

    Here’s been my experience with it, using it for 7 days now.

    – Looks OK to wear as an everyday watch
    – Light (very light, which may also be somewhat of a con for some, see below)
    – Pool Swim function counts distance and time (love how you just enter the pool size and it automatically keeps track of the distance, knowing when you make a turn)
    – Connect IQ, this is where you can download watch faces, apps, widgets, data fields, etc. I’ve added a different watch face and use a stopwatch, timer app that I got from the IQ store. I use the stopwatch and timer a lot plus I’ve added a nice data field for running that shows HR (and color for zone), Pace, Cadence, Time, Distance all on the same screen
    – Has some basic smart watch features. Email, calendar notifications, music controls for phone, etc. I really wanted these features in a watch, but have realized since wearing that I just turned them all off. Honestly, I get bugged enough with text and emails and don’t need my watch distracting me also. So I just leave it on do-not disturb, as I do with my phone also when I’m running. Although the watch does have a user profile setting where you can set your sleep hours, so it sets the watch to do-not-disturb automatically during these times
    – Garmin Connect Mobile App. Pretty good app, full of data and makes it easy to install and customize watch faces. Many watch faces allow you to customize them (how and what data is displayed, basic colors, etc.). It’s pretty awesome

    – Only con I can really think of is that the Garmin weather widget on the watch is not working for me. I did download a 3rd party weather widget, but it’s not as dynamic as the Garmin version and only shows temp (hi/low) for the day. This is apparently common and happening with other users, so I’m pretty sure Garmin will have a firmware or software fix for this sometime soon. And I’ve tried about all the troubleshooting fixes I could find (e.g. location services, etc.) on the internet and Garmin forums.

    Now about the form factor and weight. It is plastic. And this may be a be negative for some. I remember trying on the display model at REI and it felt like a toy. Of course I know these display versions are basically shells and not the real thing, but even the real thing feels a bit like a toy. So if you want a heavy, steel, metal or oversize watch, this probably isn’t for you.

    The last 2 watches I’ve worn were a G-Shock GW2310FB-1CR and for about 5 years a Lunimox Colormark Chrono (BO) every day. I like light watches. And for me, this Garmin 735xt is light, comfortable, and even though a bit “plastic” feeling… because I guess it is, it fits my use case perfectly. And if it ever breaks, I’m lucky enough to live about 30 minutes from Garmin’s world headquarters and have heard good stories from friends who’ve taken their Garmin devices out there for service.

    Battery Life
    The specs say a bunch of different things, 14 hours in activity mode with GPS, 11 days in watch mode (activity tracking, smart notification, etc.) But here’s what I’ve gotten from the first week. From a full charge and daily activity I went about 4 days and it was at 25%. But that’s been with me fiddling with the watch a lot.

    I did a full charge of the watch on a Sunday. Did 8 mile run on Monday, 1000 Meter Swim on Tuesday, 5 Mile Run on Wednesday, 1000 meter swim on Thursday and by Thursday evening it was about at 25% and in the evening it beeped and said “save power mode”, which I wasn’t quite sure what that was at the time so I went ahead and put it on the charger. Looking like it’s about 10-12% per day with at least a 30-45 minute activity with GPS each day. Keep in mind I have activity tracking, continuous heart rate monitoring, and use the stopwatch and countdown timer a few times during the day also.

    I hope this review helps. I researched (and obsessed) for months on which one of these to buy; weighing features style and price. Of course I’m biased now as I purchased the 735xt, but as of yet have no buyers remorse.

    So why not 5 stars? I really never give anything 5 stars, but if the weather widget would have worked out of the box I probably would have.

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