Hi, I have recently realised a noticeable difference between putting out a set wattage whilst on my kickr19 direct drive trainer depending on whether I use the small or big front ring.
I have always trained in the small ring and mid cassette for chainline reasons.
Whilst completing my standing start 15 sec seated sprints today I was able to hit much higher watts using the big ring. I also notice endurance efforts are loads easier whilst in the big ring.
I wonder if my lower cadence ability/preference suits the bigger ring and subsequent impact this has on the pedal effort.
Should I stick to the little ring whilst training and enjoy the gains found when using the bigger ring outside, or use the bigger ring whilst training? I ride flat courses mainly and I guess the bigger ring is more applicable to my goals/events.
I suppose this is really a question about whether to play to your strengths or work on weakness.