These nifty devices measure in watts how much force you apply to the pedals while you are riding. This removes the variance to speed caused by wind, hills, etc.. Among other benefits, watts provide an objective measure by which you can compare your ability to other riders.
Getting Started Edit
Further Reading Edit
- Training and Racing with a Powermeter (by Andy Coggan) here (101 kB .pdf)
- The Road Cyclist’s Guide to Training by Power
- Many of the big names in power based training hang out on the wattage list over at topica.
Power Meters & Software Edit
|SRM Power Meter|
|[ Polar Power Meter]|
|[ http://www.cycle-ops.com Saris/Cycle-Ops PowerTap]|
|Cycling Peaks Software|
|Power Profiling xls||It is simply human nature to wonder how one compares with others for any measurement, and cycling power output is certainly no exception to this rule. Use this free spreadsheet to see how you compare.|