However, I think you have to look at the complete power solution as SRM and Ergomo work totally differently and it comes down to the software that analyses the data.
The other thing that I have noticed is that there is difference in the measured power with both units ie up to 15% variance between both systems.
who is right.. I don’t know how both systems are calibrated.
so my advice is that you use relative power ie look at the gains in power, sustainability of power bursts etc but don’t use the devices to compare the power generated by different bikes/rider as it will not reflect an accurate measurement.
happy riding… pr
i wonder what burghardt’s heart rate was when that labrador ran out in front of him…
RF, thanks for the advice. I actually did a group ride last night for the 2nd time and decided to lead the entire “B” group for about 95% of the ride. Most couldn’t keep up with me, which felt great. My avg. heart rate was 172 though, which probably took a couple years off of my life
sma – Much of the cycling world is behind the use of power as a training metric. Just look at the PRO peloton as an example. However, power is only as good as the rider who uses the equipment and properly utilizes the data. Power training can be a slippery slope and can lead to isolated rides intent on keeping the power right where it should be for the day’s goals. I would recommend joining a good group ride, one where the other riders are just a bit faster than you, a ride where you are sure to get dropped the first couple times you attempt it. After a few rides you will be capable of hanging and in time able to contribute to the fast tempo. Another advantage to the group ride is you will be spending time with others who share your passion. -RF
maybe you can offer some advice. i’m what you would call an “enthusiast” rider, i guess. i really don’t have any intentions of racing, as i am not that competitive. i’m more competitive with myself in that i really just want to be a faster rider. is a power meter really worth it then?
sma – I do not have experience with the Ergomo unit, but I can say the SRM is a fine piece of work. It installs easily, works flawlessly (in my experience) and allows me to use any wheel set-up I so desire. You should check out the power forums for more info on the Ergomo.
oh why oh why do SRM’s have to be $3k?
anyone know if the ergomo is a worthy competitor? i’d do a powertap but i don’t want to have to switch wheels. i like my bladed ksyrium ES spokes.