Congratulations on your purchase of the Aerobar Edge computerized training and racing device! You hold in your hands the most original and impactful triathlon and cycling training/racing device since the power meter and heart rate monitor! This lightweight, aerodynamic, user-friendly device can enhance your racing results, optimize your training strategy, and insure your bike fit is ideal. Simply stated – it would be difficult to identify any device that will have a greater impact on your racing results than the Aerobar Edge. Now let’s get into the details that will allow you to make the most of your experience...
First – an important SAFETY reminder: The aero position is not always a safe riding position. Users of the Aerobar Edge agree to take responsibility for safe turns and cornering, as well as an implementation schedule that is conducive to the individual user's body, medical history, etc. Users should consult their Physician if there are any doubts about frequency, duration or other variables inherent in the use of the Aerobar Edge training tool. Use of the Aerobar Edge will encourage you to train and ride in aero but PLEASE BE SMART AND SAFE with both integration and safe turns and cornering. The user of the Aerobar Edge assumes all responsibility for choosing when to enter and maintain an aero position. Consult an expert bike fitter, coach or medical professional who can provide necessary guidance. Aero is a great position – but only when sustained safely. Please make safety your first priority when using the Aerobar Edge. Now that we've covered the safety side of things, let's get onto the fun stuff!
QUICKSTART Instructions (The following provides the summary of the basic steps involved. For more detailed instructions, please read down below. Thanks!)
Using the Aerobar Edge (once the above set-up steps are complete)
Analyzing Your Results
As always, if you have questions, you can always reach us at Results@AerobarEdge.com!
1. Introduction to the Aerobar Edge
a. How it works
b. The technology involved
i. Bluetooth connection
2. Setting up your account and app
a. Registering your account
b. Setting up the app
c. Integrating with GPS and HR units
d. Using the Strava download option
3. Analyzing the data in My Aerolab
a. Your personal Aeronalysis: Identifying your own Aero Tendencies
i. Heart Rate
v. Time in Aero
vi. Incline Tendencies
4. Maximizing your training and racing outcomes
a. What to do with the data
b. Who can help you enhance results based on the analytics
5. Care and Maintenance
6. Frequently Asked Questions
Introduction to the Aerobar Edge
1. How it works: The Aerobar Edge allows triathletes and cyclists to analyze and maximize their own personal aero position tendencies (aeronalysis) through the integration of a small, easy to install device with the user’s GPS device. The Aerobar Edge keeps track of the time a rider is in the aero position by recording the input from a small pressure sensor placed under one of the aerobar pads. The recorded data is uploaded via Bluetooth and smart phone app to the user’s online “My Aerolab” where the data is integrated with the output from a GPS device or cycling computer.
2. Installation: To install the Aerobar Edge, simply remove (un-velcro) the pad on the non-dominant side of your aerobars (ie, if you are “right handed” then remove the left pad) and place the pressure sensor under the pad and replace the pad over the top of the sensor. You may want to utilized a couple strips of electrical tape or velcro to secure your aerobar pad over the pressure sensor so your pad remains securely in place. Take care when using the tape or velcro not to create a false positive reading in the sensor due to the pad pressure on the sensor. The tape or extra strips of velcro must be snug but still allow your arm - and not the pad independently - to create the pressure on the sensor. It is critical the sensor is placed in the location where your forearm provides the most pressure when riding in the aero position in order for the sensor to produce the most accurate results. Attach the aerohead in a location that will not be a distraction to you as a rider (ie, the flashing light should never be viewed when riding outside due to safety). Be sure to place the aerohead unit on the same side of your aerobars as the sensor without impeding your hand position when out of aero. IMPORTANT: be certain that the wire between the sensor and the arrowhead unit is not routed in a way that will limit your turning radius or impact steering ability. Any excess length of wire can be zip-tied to the handlebars if desired.
3. The technology involved: The device uses the time stamp tied to the clock on your smart phone to record your time in aero. The recorded data is easily uploaded to the analytics page on the Aerobaredge.com website. This allows the user to cross-reference data from their other devices (Garmin, Polar, Timex and others) either directly or via a simplified Strava upload option.
4. Bluetooth connection: The Aerobar Edge utilizes a Bluetooth connection between the device and the Aerobar Edge app on either an iOS or Android smart phone. This connection allows the user to determine the battery life of the arrowhead unit and upload recorded data to the app which automatically transmits the information to the online analytics section called My Aerolab at aerobaredge.com
Setting up your account and app
1. Registering your account: The first step toward using the Aerobar Edge is to log onto www.AerobarEdge.com, click the “My Aerolab” tab and create an online Aerobar Edge account. This will allow the user to connect the app to the device in the next step.
2. Download the app: Download the Aerobar Edge mobile app onto the iOS or Android based smart phone you will use most frequently to transmit the data recorded on the arrowhead unit.
3. Integrating with GPS and HR units: Analytics from the Aerobar Edge integrate with the user’s other GPS devices, such as a Garmin unit. Every GPS device is different, and the more data collected by the device will allow a deeper level of analytics with the Aerobar Edge. Details on these analytics are provided below as an example.
4. Using the Strava download option: For users that have previously set up a (free) Strava account at www.Strava.com, a simplified download of all GPS-based data is available with a single click. This is not a required element but is available for the convenience of the user if desired.
Analyzing the data in My Aerolab
1. Your personal Aeronalysis: Identifying and optimizing your own personal aero tendencies is easy with the online My Aerolab. Aeroanalysis can be reviewed for any aspects of data collected by the user’s GPS device.
a. Heart Rate – Review how your heart rate varies in and out of the aero position.
b. Speed – Compare changes to speed in and out of the aero position over a similar course or ride segment.
c. Cadence – Many users don’t think of this, but there are often differences in cadence when in an aero position vs. a non-aero position. Now you can identify these differences.
d. Power – Most cyclists believe their power in aero is not equal to their power when sitting up. Not surprisingly, studies showthat the reason for this is that most of us spend far more time training in the upright vs. the aero position, causing this differential. Our power in aero is tied to time actually training in the aero position . Users can now accurately assess their personal aero tendencies, build (and effectively track) a plan for modifications over time, and significantly impact their aero position power safely and consistently. The outcome? Aero position power that can meet or even exceed upright position power (not to mention the immense aerodynamic benefits to speed).
e. Time in Aero – We (and our performance) are a reflection of our ongoing habits. The Aerobar Edge allows you to monitor both your total time and the length of your segments in the aero position. This information can then be utilized – potentially along with your coach or bike fitting specialist – to enhance performance over time.
f. Incline Tendencies – Use the graphs in My Aerolab to analyze specifically how incline affects the time you spend in aero. Do you “bail out” of the aero position everytime you hit a 1% incline? Or maybe you stick it out, but only for a moment or two? Each and every tendency tied to the aero position will come to life on your screen as you can analyze your personal patterns. This easy-to-read analysis then allows you to review progress and/or design your training to address the tendencies you identify.
Maximizing your training and racing outcomes
1. What to do with the data: Once you’ve collected and analyzed your data, you can go to work enhancing your performance.. Research is clear that nothing effectively improves race results than consistently maintaining a (safe) aero position. Triathletes/cyclists have a tendency to overestimate their time in aero just like individuals tend to over-estimate their daily activity levels unless they measure it using a pedometer or similar device. Now riders can collect accurate data about their own performance and take steps to enhance that performance.
2. Who can help you enhance results based on the analytics: While the Aerobar Edge can be utilized effectively by anyone, sometimes it’s helpful to garner a little assistance from the experts. Consider reviewing your data with your Coach, Bike Fitting Specialist, Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, Physician or other healthcare provider to fully maximize your progression with the aero position and your outcomes.
Care and Maintenance: The Aerobar Edge requires very little special care/maintenance. Avoid leaving the device in a hot car and use care with the wiring. The device is water resistant but it is not waterproof. It is not designed to be sprayed or submerged.
Frequently Asked Questions
· Do I need to carry my phone with me when using the Aerobar Edge?
o No. Definitely not. We knew users would want to use this device during races and not just during training. The arrowhead unit will store your data until you return to your car or home to and connect to your phone via Bluetooth. You do NOT need to carry your phone with you when using the Aerobar Edge.
· Why is it suggested to place the pressure sensor under the non-dominant arm?
o The Aerobar Edge registers an aero position when the arm pressure is detected. Most riders will use their dominant arm to reach for a water bottle and we didn’t want to have this show up as a non-aero position segment unless actually sitting up to drink.
· Can’t you cheat by placing your hand on the aero pads so the device thinks you’re in aero when you’re actually sitting up?
o Sure – you can cheat if that’s your goal. Just as you can take a pedometer and shake it to look like you’ve walked thousands of steps when all you’ve really done is sit on the couch. But why? The goal of the Aerobar Edge is to improve performance, something you can count on if utilizing it as designed.
1. The material in this manual is for informational purposes only. The products it describes are subject to change without prior notice due to the manufacturer’s ongoing development program. Aerobar Edge, LLC makes no representation or warranties with respect to this manual or with respect to the products described herein.
2. Aerobar Edge, LLC shall not be liable for any damages, losses, costs or expenses, direct, indirect or incidental, consequential or special, arising out of, or related to the use of this material or the product described herein.
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