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Cycling Power Meter 101: The Guide to Choosing a Handy Power Meter

Are you are cycling expert? Training with a power meter can be an added advantage to your cycling progress. But before we jump right in, the power meter market is exploding at the moment. So many people have gained interest in use of power meters for training.

However, even with the popularity that these devices have gained over the recent past, there are still questions being asked. What is a power meter? Why should I get a power meter? What should I look for when shopping for a power meter? Luckily for you, this post answers all these questions extensively. So (please) keep reading.

What is a power meter?


A power meter is a device that is fitted to a bike to measure the power output of as rider. In most cases, these power meters are designed to use strain gauges to measure the torque combined with angular velocity before the power can be calculated.


Why should I get a power meter?


Power meters are an important part of a cycler’s life. Fact is power meters are designed to help you measure your fitness levels by keeping track of the power you are putting out. If you are training day in day out, only a power meter will tell if you if you are training effectively or not. Basically, a power meter is the one device that will give you constant and accurate results about your power output.


What should I look for when shopping for a power meter?


There are multiple power meter brands out there. But because the market is filled with both genuine and fake products, you must choose your power meter carefully. To ensure that you get true and genuine numbers during your training, you need to ensure that you find a power meter that is functional and in good condition. But first, here is a list of what to look for:


• Affordable devices –For most riders, the price of the power meter is one of the biggest factors. Luckily, the market has so much to offer; from the not so cheap, to the affordable and to the cheap ones. Therefore, choose a power meter that is within your budget. However, ensure that despite the budget comfort, you also get a device that is useful.
• The installation process – The installation process might be easy or complicated depending on the type of power meter you go for. According to Power Meter City and other experts, the Hub or Wheel based power meters like PowerTap G3 and GS hubs are some of the easiest to install. So, if you are looking for a power meter that you can train with without worrying about its installation process, this would be a good pick for you.
• Double sided power devices – To accurately measure your training power for both legs, a double sided power system would be better than a single sided one. Although the single sided power system might be lighter and cheaper, you can enjoy the advantages of a complete power meter with a double sided power system.What’s more, the two meters allow the system to gather more information on the power output and give feedback to the rider.


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