CompuTrainer, PowerTap, Ergomo and SRM are all fine power meters each with their own strengths and weakness’. I have used them all for myself and for Coach Erinne’s training and also have used them in conjunction with many athletes training and racing programs. Recently I started using the SRM system, which is considered to be the gold standard in power meters. Through research and testing the SRM systems have been found to be the most accurate and reliable power meters in the world. They have strain gauges and circuitry built into the chainrings that measure torque and other info and relay the info to a small computer head unit.
I have been a long time reader of Pro Cycling and Cycle Sport magazines and anytime there was a good picture of a pro cycling team that had the unmistakable head unit that reads, ‘www.SRM.de’ I cringed with excitement. SRM is the power meter of choice for the pros and I just had to have one. After a few years with PowerTap and Ergomos I was excited to see what all the hype was about. So after I had my trusty mechanic Javier at Bike Tech Miami do a seamless, clean and beautiful installation I was ready to go ride, I thought. Then I remembered that power meters aren’t that simple to get up and going. So I did my hours of worth of reading and approached my unit!
I did all the torque settings and also the other calibration and set my time and date. The instructions were easy and actually quite funny to read and I set off on my first ride. I did an hour at easy pace and while I was riding I noted the following:
I liked that the elapsed ride time and the distance rotated on the top bar.
The HR, power and speed were easy to read even with a zero degree angle of the head unit.
It was easy to scroll thru the avg. and max screens
So I came home and plugged it into the laptop and started up my Cyclingpeaks WKO software. I changed the settings to SRM and the USB port and boom it was downloading. That was easier then the Ergomo and PowerTap set ups. They took hours to find the right ports. The ride was flawless in terms of no interruptions and all the info was there that I needed. SO, I am a happy cyclist with an accurate power meter. Final conclusions:
I like knowing that my data is the most accurate available
I like the size of the head unit and that it fits clean between my bars
Pretty easy and I am easy to please. I go out and ride with power on every ride, download the info and analyze it. The SRM is the way to go!
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