Power to the peo­ple

No longer just a lux­ury for pro rid­ers and ded­i­cated am­a­teurs with deep pock­ets, power me­ters are now a widely ac­cepted tool for those who want to im­prove their fit­ness

Cycling Plus - - POWER -

While heart rate mea­sures your body’s re­sponse to a work­load, power me­ters show the work­load you’re putting out, or how hard you’re push­ing on the ped­als. This will help you to track and mea­sure your progress over time far bet­ter than other train­ing tools.

Back in the day you had only a cou­ple of op­tions when it came to buy­ing a power me­ter and they didn’t come cheap. But the big play­ers like SRM, now have com­pe­ti­tion from other brands such as Stages and 4iiii, which has driven prices down. They’re still not ex­actly cheap, but there are now enough op­tions out there to fit nearly ev­ery bike and funny bot­tom bracket stan­dard, mak­ing them much more ac­ces­si­ble.

Us­ing a power me­ter means you can make ev­ery ride count, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion of what train­ing works best for you, for ex­am­ple cut­ting out junk miles, and blast­ing some ef­forts is a great way to im­prove your over­all fit­ness. With ac­cess to a mine of ride and race data to pour over, if you’ve slipped off the pace, or not had the fit­ness to hang on, you’ll be able to make an ac­cu­rate judge­ment and ad­just your train­ing ac­cord­ingly.

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