Power Meters: Five Top Tips

Measuring power is the most accurate way to monitor your performance in training and make gains. Using a power meter can help you to optimally prepare and then perfectly pace your training rides and events. Here are five top tips to help you make the most of your power meter:

Top tip 1: Before you get started, make sure you’re set up properly

Make sure that the power meter is fitted properly before you get started. As when fitting any new cranks, always ensure that the front derailleur is correctly adjusted and that the chain is shifting properly over the front two rings. Before setting off, conduct a 60 second test ride, to make sure that the power meter is paired with the head unit and that the power recordings are coming through. 

Top tip 2: Retain accuracy with a bit of maintenance

Again, as with any cranks, regularly check to ensure all bolts are tight so that they don’t become loosened through regular riding. This will avoid the crank arm coming off when you’re in the middle of a 50km ride! Make sure you keep on top of battery life too – most power meters will give some visual cue as regards battery levels, but it also helps to anticipate low batteries so you can replace them before they run flat. The InfoCrank batteries can last over 200 hours of riding.

Top tip 3: Establish your training zones                        

When you first start using a power meter, begin by establishing your training zones by performing a fitness test. One of the most widely used tests for this purpose is the 20-minute Functional Threshold Power (FTP) test. If you are new to power meters and riding with power then this type of test may be best performed under supervision. Crucially the test will provide the required data to demonstrably increase your performance over time.  

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Top tip 4: Set goals to keep you motivated

Once you have established your FTP, the next step is to decide on your objectives – what do you want to achieve over the year? You can then breakdown your overall goal into weekly or monthly targets that help to keep you motivated.

Top tip 5: Don’t analyse too frequently!

The aim is to see a gradual trend upwards as your power steadily increases. Don’t get hooked on analysing your stats after every ride, give it a little time and look for a steady increase – there’s no doubt that through considered training and recuperation with a power meter it’s possible to markedly increase power and aerobic fitness.

 

Born out of a requirement for accurate, reliable and consistent data, the InfoCrank was developed as an elite power measuring device that provides precise results – not an estimate.

From the start to the finish of your ride, the InfoCrank power meter records true left and right power balance, pedal smoothness, torque effectiveness and cadence – all without skipping a beat.

The InfoCrank measures each leg independently and accurately throughout the pedal stroke, regardless of crank velocity. It has no drift, it is not temperature sensitive and there is no need for constant calibration.

Used internationally across multiple cycling disciplines, the InfoCrank is the tool of champions, as well as amateurs who wish to emulate the world’s best.

If you’d like any support with your InfoCrank, please visit: support.vervecycling.com.

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