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Stages power meter here; I now wear a M race-cut jersey (photo).

Monday, March 24, 2014 by  
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March
24
2014

Brick City Bicycles contacted me late last week to let me know that the Stages Power Meter I ordered had arrived!

There she is! I snapped this crappy photo while I was at Brick City Bicycles picking up my new Stages Power Meter on Friday.

There she is! I snapped this crappy photo while I was at Brick City Bicycles picking up my new Stages Power Meter on Friday.

Brick City is all the way out by Santos, so my original plan was to have them ship the power meter to me to save me the drive. Because the power meter wouldn’t have arrived at my home until Monday, I decided to make the drive on Friday to pick it up. There were several reasons why I decided to pick up the power meter in person…

First of all, I was obviously super excited to start using the power meter, and I wanted to have it on my bike for Saturday’s 100-mile Clean Air group ride. That alone was enough reason to make the drive.

In addition, I knew that there was a better than average chance that the Stages power meter either would not fit my bike (2013 Trek Madone 5.9), or would require some special tweaking (see “Stages power meter on 2013 Madone–clearing up the confusion“). While I’m a decent wrench, I’m nowhere even close to the skill level of Brick City’s Master Mechanic, Thomas Deaner. I figured that if there was a clearance issue with the stages, Thomas would be the man who could make it work.

March 21, 2014. 6.2% body fat/158.4 pounds. In this photo I am at Brick City Bicycles trying on one of their jerseys. I was surprised that the Medium Race Cut (pictured) fit me perfectly, as I've always worn a Large.

March 21, 2014. 6.2% body fat/158.4 pounds. In this photo I am at Brick City Bicycles trying on one of their jerseys. I was surprised that the Medium Race Cut (pictured) fit me perfectly, as I’ve always worn a Large.

Finally, I’ve been meaning to pick up a Brick City jersey for awhile now. I wanted to try one on in person, however, as I wasn’t 100% sure which size would fit me. I’ve always worn a Large jersey, but since my 2014 cut ended I noticed that most of my Large jerseys are feeling a bit on the loose side.

Sure enough, when I tried on the Large Brick City jersey (race cut), it was too big for me. Unfortunately there were no Medium jerseys on the racks, but after some digging through their storeroom stock, a lone Medium jersey was discovered! I tried it on, and it fit like a glove (click photo to left to enlarge). I wore the jersey for Saturday’s Clean Air Century ride, and I loved how it looked and felt. This is now my favorite jersey. :)

Moving on to the most important fit of the day: The Stages Power Meter. When Thomas installed the Stages crank arm (the Stages replaces the non-drive side crank arm), it didn’t quite clear the rear brake. I was really hoping that it would fit without any special effort, and so when I saw that there was indeed a clearance issue I tried to mentally prepare myself for the possibility that I would be leaving the shop without a power meter.

Thomas went to work, installing a small spacer, adjusting the rear brakes inboard and even filing off a small–almost imperceptible–bit of metal near the cable anchor bolt. After only a few minutes of tweaking, Thomas’ magic had the Stages clearing the rear brake! The clearance was so tight (less than 2 millimeters), that I was concerned about the possibility of the crank arm hitting the brake under heavy load. Of course the bottom bracket area is the stiffest part of frame, but I wanted to be sure before I left the shop…

I took the bike out for a quick spin, and mashed HARD on the pedals. There was absolutely no flex, and no rubbing. I was all smiles as I walked the bike back into the shop: the Stages fit–I had my power meter!

So, how close was it? Here’s a close-up photo I took this morning (click to enlarge):

Stages Power Meter installed on my 2013 Trek Madone 5.9. Tight fit!

Stages Power Meter installed on my 2013 Trek Madone 5.9. Tight fit!

 

That little gap represents approximately 1.5 millimeters. A US penny is 1.55 millimeters thick, and I can just squeeze one into that small space.

So, I can confirm that YES–the Stages power meter will work on a 2013 Madone with the stock Bontrager Speed Limit integrated brakes! If your Madone has Shimano Dura-Ace brakes mounted under the chainstay (most do not–I believe only the ultra-high end/~$12,000 7.9 Madone comes stock with Dura-Ace brakes, not sure on the Project One custom bikes), you’re out of luck when it comes to using a Stages.

Thanks very much to Roger Sutton for pushing me to get a power meter and then putting the deal together, and the fantastic folks at Brick City who made this happen: Thomas Deaner, Jenifer Newman, Rob Ern and the person who helped me with the jersey (sorry, I didn’t catch your name!) Go see Brick City the next time you’re in the Ocala area. Great people, awesome shop and ace mechanics.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about the fun Clean Air century ride, which was my first ride with the Stages power meter.

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John Stone Fitness Comments

8 Responses to “Stages power meter here; I now wear a M race-cut jersey (photo).”
  1. DFS says:

    There we have it folks…the John Stone bathroom mirror selfie, toilet and all. No duck lips? :)

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  2. Barbell says:

    i don’t know what a power meter does but i do know you look ripped as **** john! its amazing how much your body has changed over the years, everything from a 230 pound bodybuilder with 19″ arms to a light 160 pound biker. it seems no matter what you do you are able to mold your body to be the most efficient at it. respect dude, keep up the inspirational work!!!

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