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Developing the perfect pedal stroke

Who would have thought that riding on water would be the perfect way to develop an efficient pedal stroke.

Recently I had the opportunity to have a state-of-the-art Wattbike installed in our Hamilton clinic, and one of the biggest revelations was just how efficient my own stroke was. So why was that I thought?

Thinking about it there was only one answer – the Akwakat.

You see unlike riding a bike on the road, when you ride on water there is constant resistance as the drag from the surface area of the pontoons is always wanting to slow you down, perhaps bit a like riding with a handful of brake.

With constant resistance you have immediate feedback from the pedals so as soon as your power tapers off you will slow down, so to ensure a smooth ride on the water you need to have smooth and very efficient pedal stroke using as much of the 360 degree stroke as possible to deliver energy to the drive unit.

What makes a perfect stroke even better is that when you produce usable energy from as much of the stroke as possible, you actually require less effort overall to deliver the same power as an inefficient stroke. Imagine driving your car by pushing hard on the accelerator and then releasing, repeating this action over and over until you reach your destination – now two things will have happened,  you will have used a lot more fuel and never achieved any sustainable speed. Now try the same journey by pushing lightly on the accelerator and maintaining that pressure for the same journey – result, you probably got there faster and used less fuel. Your body is a machine and effectively works the same way.

Riding smarter instead of riding harder can make all the difference in not just competition, but also when riding for leisure.

By riding on water I subconsciously taught myself to do exactly that!

To learn more about the Wattbike visit www.wattbike.co.nz and for Akwakat www.akwakat.co.nz

Akwakat is a New Zealand designed and manufactured temporary conversion kit that allows a 26″ wheel MTB to be used as a human powered water craft and after used converted back to a standard bike.

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Is cycle tourism the next big boom?

With bikes everywhere and the sport, perhaps more so the past time getting so big could cycle tourism be the next big thing?

I think so – why?

  • Its inexpensive
  • Its eco-friendly
  • Its social
  • Its (or can be) exciting

Combining cycle tourism on the trails, roads, and water would just be ideal allowing people to cycle beyond the land, to cycle to places otherwise inaccessible, and to do so without any disruption to the environment.

Where would you begin your Akwakat Eco Tourism operation if you had unlimited resources to make it happen?

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Cycling with Dolphins

If I hadn’t experienced it I would have been none the wiser, but having done so I can tell you that riding a bike in water that is 3000′ deep, 3 km’s off the coast of New Zealand, while being escorted by dolphins is just amazing.

With 2 days of not so great weather on day 3 the weather gods played nice and the ocean became a mill pond – no that we don’t enjoy a bit of rough water, but for the purpose of this exercise it was perfect.

Our original intentions were to head out cycling with the whales but distance on the day prohibited that for reasons of safety, but with a couple of pods of dolphins, 1 number over 400 it was estimated we had the most amazing time on the water.

Kaikoura is on New Zealand’s East Coast of our South Island and it is home to many whales and the gateway to much of the southern islands great adventures so if you get a chance to visit then visit you must!

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