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- Do you need a powermeter?
Now although they are
coming down in price,

they still do represent a
pretty serious investment.

So, here are six good reasons
why we think you should seriously consider
investing your hard-earned cash.
(electronic chill music)
- First up, having a
powermeter is going to lead

to huge gains in fitness.
- Hold on a second, Dan.
You can't just plug it on your
bike and expect to do that.

You need to learn how to train with one,
analyse the data,
and then use that data to form
a personalised training plan.

- That is true.
But if you do do all that,
I stick to my original statement.
And I will give a personal
example to back this up.

I got my first powermeter
at the age of 23.

At that point, I'd been a
full-time rider for four years

and I'd been racing for over 10.
Nevertheless, within the
first 12 months of using one

and training with it properly,
I made a 10% improvement in FTP,
which is pretty big.
Secondly, powermeters make segment times
completely irrelevant.
You can set a new PB, bike
power, instead of bike time.

- Well, hold on a minute, Dan.
You need to make sure that you
keep aerodynamics and weight

the same because even if you say
you're 10 watt improvement in your power,
it's not gonna mean
much if at the same time

you're gonna be 10 kilogrammes heavier.
- That is very true.
But if you do keep all those
other factors the same,

a powermeter is going to let
you see the bigger picture.

So if, for example, if you were slower
on a particular part of your ride,
but your power is higher,
you'll know there is good reason for it.
It might be you got a slight headwind.
Or it might be that the
air pressure was higher.

Whatever the reason, you can be satisfied.
For although you were slower,
it was a better physiological performance.
- Because power is absolute.
- That's true.
Speaking of which,
the powermeter is a great tool to help you
mentally deal with those
types of conditions.

I don't know about you,
Matt, but I hate a headwind.

In fact, when I was a lot younger,
I actually cried to a
headwind because it forced me

below my average speed goal for the ride
of 20 miles per hour.
- Well, I used to hate headwinds, Dan.
And I still do, but the good
thing about powermeters,

they allow you to keep a
really good, even tempo.

And like how last point, and
not worry about the speed

that that power produces.
In fact, I use headwind
sections to help me climb.

- [Dan] Next up, a powermeter
will allow you to go faster

even without getting any fitter.
- [Matt] Hold on a minute, Dan.
Really?
- Yes, really, Matt.
Through pacing.
So, a powermeter will enable you to ensure
that you don't go in the red
at the start of your event

and pay for it at the finish.
Through testing in training,
you're going to know what
you've got in the tank,

and therefore, empty
your tank at your event

at exactly the right time.
Whether that's 24 minutes or 24 hours.
- powermeters give you a reference,
allowing you to compare
yourself with yourself.

Which is really important
if you're looking to make

performance improvements.
- [Dan] Now, you may be
thinking that you've got

a local test climb that
allows you to do exactly that.

But the beauty of the powermeter
is that it allows you to
compare efforts on unknown roads

with the efforts that you do at home.
It would also allow you
to create a power profile.

That will show you what your
strengths and weaknesses are.

And you'll even be able
to compare your efforts

with those of the pros.
- A watt is a watt no matter where
in the world you may be.
And, no matter what the weather.
- In the words of Doctor Andy Coggan,
one of the pioneers of
training with a powermeter,

testing is training,
and training is testing.
And a powermeter allows
you to do your testing

out on the open road
without the need to head to a laboratory.
- [Matt] They're a great
tool to track your progress

and see if you're training
is leading to improvements.

And in conjunction with your heart rate,
you'll also be able to
see if you're making

efficiency improvements.
You can test your sprint,
your ability on short climbs,

on mountains, and in
time trials, et cetera.

- What we would like to know
are your experiences
of training and racing

with a powermeter, both good and bad.
You can leave them in the
comments section down below.

On the other hand, if you
don't have a powermeter

and you also have no
interest in every buying one,

please let us know why
in the comment section

just down below.
- And if you haven't
already subscribed to GCN,

you're one stop short
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Click on the globe.
Now, for how to test for your FTP,
click just down here.
And for how to pace yourself
for an individual time trial,

click just down here.
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6 Reasons Why You Need A Cycling Powermeter

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shine7496 published on July 31, 2017
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