Cycling calculator: power from speed
Use the sliders to adjust the various inputs to calculate the power required to maintain a set speed.
Not sure what values to use for various input factors? We have included a few thoughts and guidelines on each below the calculator. Of course having your CdA measured at an Aero-coach session would be a great start!
CDA AND CRR
|0.17 – 0.20||Very aero time trial riders||0.0020 – 0.0026||Indoor wooden track|
|0.20 – 0.25||Time trial set ups||0.0030 – 0.0040||Smooth concrete track|
|0.22 – 0.28||Ironman set ups||0.0040 – 0.0045||Good quality bitumen with race tyres|
|0.25 – 0.30||Road race bike in aero tuck||0.0045 – 0.0060||Rougher bitumen / chip seal|
|0.30 – 0.40||Road race bike in upright positions|
Air density is not always obvious and so that’s why we’ve created this air density calculator to make it easy!
Drivetrain efficiency of well maintained bicycles is typically around 97-98%.
Wind measurements are obviously tricky as they are affected by various factors including the direction of wind relative to the rider’s direction. Wind speed at rider level will typically be around half that reported by the weather bureau/station. This is because standard weather station wind measurements are made at a height of 10m above ground and wind speed reduces closer to the ground boundary layer. Naturally the wind speed and direction at any moment is also impacted by trees, buildings, vehicles and other features.