A powermeter or power meter is a measuring device for bicycles that measures mechanical power in watts. Depending on the design, the measurement takes place in the crank or in the pedals. Built-in strain gauges measure the torsion of the material here. The data collected is then displayed on a head unit such as a cycling computer, sports watch or smartphone. But not only the power in watts can be displayed, but also e.g. the cadence, power balance or training stress score (TSS). In order to measure the breathing and heart rate, a chest strap is also required.
Powermeters were reserved for professional cycling in the early days, but today it is a widely used tool. Many manufacturers like Favero, Garmin, Quarq or Rotor have jumped on the bandwagon and offer high quality products. Ambitious cyclists or triathletes can now find power meters in various designs and in different price ranges. Pedalpowermeter are easy and flexible to use. They can also be used alternately on different bikes. Crank power meters, on the other hand, can only be mounted on several bikes with a little more effort. Bottom bracket, chainrings and the gears have to be adapted to the respective technical conditions. The pedal standard or the pedal plates are not a limiting factor here.
A targeted training control is only possible if you know your training areas. This measuring device is not only used for performance diagnostics or competitive sports, but also for health training, which pursues a different training goal. In order to use a power meter in an even more targeted way, there is suitable training software. Programs like Strava, Golden Cheetah or Training Peaks offer extensive features to monitor training success and plan new goals. We are happy to advise you on the subject of power meters and training.