Do You Need aCycling Power Meter?
When you love cycling as much as we do, you want to fit your bicycle with the best devices for the smoothest ride. Whether you are riding for fun or for exercise, you want to get the best out of your ride. What you need to figure out is; which power meter is the best for you and your bike?A power meter is fitted to a bike in order to measure the power output of the cyclist.

You should also be aware of the features you ought to look out for in a power meter that is convenient for you.

Power meters use strain gauges which deviate slightly from theapplication of a force. When the torque is measured and combined with angular velocity, power is calculated.
Since no single power meter can be said to be the best, you should choose one depending on:

• How you plan to use it
• Your bicycle
• Placement alternatives
• Wallet power
• Number of bikes you will use it with

Types of power meters

The cycling power meter comes in many varieties, and they can be fitted in five main areas of any bicycle. These power meter systems include:

• Hub-based systems
• Bottom bracket spindles
• Chainring systems
• Crank arm
• Pedal systems

Each of the systems has its own features, advantages and disadvantages. Some, as you will find out, can be swapped between bicycles while others cannot.

Hub-based systems

This is one of the simplest power meters available in the market. Fewer forces work on the strain gauges and experts regard it as the most accurate location for measuring power. Measuring power on the hub is lower than on the pedal or crank. If the drive chain is not clean, your power output is lower here.

Bottom bracket systems

This one can be quite a challenge to install. Installation is inhibited by thedifference in the current bottom bracket standards. However, they can be low maintenance and are very accurate.
A disadvantage of this system is that it is picky. You may have to change your chainset to a different brand fromthe rest of the set.

Chainring

They can be very accurate, but they only can only estimate individual right/left power. They are not compatible with every bike. This means that you may need to have several of them in stock for your different bicycles.

Crank arm systems

These ones can be used on different bikes. They have the added advantage of being single or double-sided.

Pedal systems

These ones have the following advantages:
• Easy to fit
• Can be swapped between bikes
• Can be single or double-sided

However,they are not very accurate because of the intricacy of the measurement of the force. They are also exposed, which exposes them to damage quite easily.

As a serious cyclist, whether you do races or ride for the sheer joy of it, you need a cycling power meter that will meet your cycling needs, will not leave you a pauper and will give you satisfactory training or exercise.

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