Must-have book for power meter owners.
With power meters coming down in price, more and more cyclists are taking the plunge and diving into the power pool. I picked up my Stages Cycling power meter one month ago, and so far I’m completely thrilled with its performance, functionality and reliability.
Over the past month I’ve penned quite a few articles discussing my experiences with the Stages Cycling power meter. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a power meter, these articles may be of interest:
- TrainerRoad VirtualPower compared to Stages Power Meter
- TrainerRoad VirtualPower compared to Stages Power Meter: Round 2
- Part of Saturday’s ride analyzed in great depth
- New FTP established, in-depth analysis; A word about my size
- Intense 29.2 mile time trial on yesterday’s 72 mile ride
These are just a few selected articles, please feel free to browse through my blog archives if you like.
As I briefly mentioned above, I’m completely pleased with my Stages Cycling power meter purchase. I’ve found the Stages to be 100% reliable, the power data is very consistent, it’s super light and it has stood up to rain, sweat, cold and heat without issue. If you’re looking at power meters, definitely put Stages on your short list.
Okay, so you’re a cyclist who is looking to take your training and racing to the next level and you’ve decided to invest in a power meter. Good choice, you won’t regret it.
Simply owning a power meter isn’t going to help you much, however. There is a wealth of information to be harvested from your new tool, but you’ve got to know how to use that information. This is where Training and Racing with a Power Meter, 2nd edition (Hunter Allen, Andrew Coggan PhD) comes in…
If you own a power meter, you MUST own Training and Racing with a Power Meter. Consider it power meter tax. At less than 20 bucks, this book is a very small investment that guarantees big dividends to those who take the time to read and understand the information within.
Even if you’re still in the “maybe” phase of purchasing a power meter, I would highly recommend this book. This book will will give you valuable insight into all things a power meter can do to improve your speed and power on a bike, and help you make an informed choice about whether or not a power meter is right for you.
I bought this book before purchasing my Stages power meter, and I read it cover-to-cover before my power meter even arrived. Since I bolted on my power meter one month ago, I’ve read the book in its entirety a second time, and have consulted specific sections nearly daily.
Training and Racing with a Power Meter clearly and accurately explains how to wring every last drop of benefit from your power meter, and it accomplishes this feat without becoming overbearing or dry. I consider Training and Racing with a Power Meter a must-have tome for any cyclist who trains and/or races with a power meter.
Okay, speaking of power… this morning’s ride is hill training with some friends. My legs are still smarting from Monday’s 29.2 mile time trial (part of a 72 mile ride), but after meditating on Rule #5 (NSFW), it became clear that I must attend.