Importance of Cycling Power Meter

By | April 21, 2011

cycling power meter is a device on a bicycle that allows measuring of the power output of the rider. Most cycling power meters usestrain gauges to measure torque applied, and, combined with angular velocity, calculate power. The Technology was adapted to cycling in the late 1980s

Training using a power meter is increasingly popular. Power meters generally come with a handlebar mounted computer that displays information about the power output generated by the rider such as instantaneous, max, and average power. Most of these computers also serve as all-around cycling computers and can measure and display heart rate as well as riding speed, distance and time. Power meters provide an objective measurement of real output that allows training progress to be tracked very simply-something that is more difficult when using, for example, a heart rate monitor alone.

Cyclists will often train at different intensities depending on the adaptations they are seeking. A common practice is to use different intensity zones. When training with power, these zones are usually calculated from the power output corresponding to the so called lactate threshold or MAP (maximal aerobic power).

Power meters provide instant feedback to the rider about their performance and measure their actual output; heart rate monitors measure the physiological effect of effort and therefore ramp up more slowly. Thus, an athlete performing “interval” training while using a power meter can instantly see that they are producing 300 watts, for example, instead of waiting for their heart rate to climb to a certain point. In addition, power meters measure the force that moves the bike forward multiplied by the velocity, which is the desired goal. This has two significant advantages over heart rate monitors: 1) An athlete’s heart rate may remain constant over the training period, yet their power output is declining, which they cannot detect with a heart rate monitor; 2) While an athlete who is not rested or not feeling entirely well may train at their normal heart rate, they are unlikely to be producing their normal power-a heart rate monitor will not reveal this, but a power meter will. Finally, power meters enable riders to experiment with cadence and evaluate its effect relative to speed and heart rate.

In video given below Jani Brajkovic a famous cyclist is telling about the importance of the use of Power meter

Importance of Power Meter

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Umair on April 21, 2011 at 6:19 am.

Power meter help you to prevent yourself from dehydration. 🙂


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