Here at Rutland Cycling, we get easily excited by technology, especially if that technology can improve cycling performance. Be it dedicated cycling GPS units, the latest app for our smartphones or more recently power meters.
What is a power meter?
We’ve seen a real increase in the number of customers enquiring about power meters this year, with more and more cyclists looking to really push their performance on a bike.
Power Meters come in different formats, but all help you get the most out of your cycling by allowing you to measure your power output – or ‘watt’ - through both of your legs as well as lots of other information to be analysed. If used correctly, power meters can really help you shave off valuable seconds on the bike making it a perfect solution for those cyclists who race competitively; be it criteriums, time trials or just as commonly, triathlons and Iron Man participants.
How can a Power Meter help me?
A power meter will help you understand how you can improve your performance, through training tweaks.
When used right, a power meter will enable you to eradicate any guesswork and allow you to understand the level of training intensity you need. You can also monitor your performance through-out training, and races with a power meter and it can aid you to gain a more aerodynamic position when in the saddle.
A number of power meter users alter their training plans to allow a better performance in different events (I.e. more dynamic training for time trialling, and a less intense training plan for those long sportives).
What power meters are available?
We stock power meters from Stages and the Garmin.
Stages Crank Arm Power Meter
The Stages power meter is incredibly lightweight and is available for a number of Groupsets from Shimano, SRAM and Cannondale. The power meter comes in a crank arm format, meaning it’s relatively easy to your bike.
The Stages power meter has a number of fantastic features, including tool free battery replacement, active temperature compensation and Strava compatibility as well as many, many more.
Garmin Vector Pedal Based Power Meter
The Vector power meter from GPS giant Garmin comes in the form of a pedal that is compatible with Look KEO type cleats, meaning it’s easy to swap between bikes. The vector pedal measures left/right balance, power output, power zones and much, much more. The vector pedals sync with Garmin Connect to allow you to analyse your performance on the bike.
The Garmin Vector Pedal Power Meter is £1349.99 and is only available to buy through click and collect, as our fully trained staff are on hand to fit and set-up your pedals.
Is a power meter right for me?
Simply put, a power meter can benefit everybody on a bike, but be under no illusion - there is a real element of ‘number-crunching’ required with power meters, and simply owning one doesn’t mean you’ll see an increased performance.
This increased performance comes from many hours of training and analysis, but the rewards can be massive.