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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:17 am 
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Do you always use your powertap wheel, or do you only use it occasionally to check your FTP? I've been training with one, just wondering if people typically did rides or races with it too, or switch back to a lighter wheelset.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:55 am 
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I always use it...


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:50 am 
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Why would you not train with it?

Have you read Racing and Training with a Power Meter?

And unless it's a race with a crazy amount of vert, power data uses from a race would trump the weight savings from a lighter wheelset.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:45 am 
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You should pick the power meter(s) that allow you to race and train with power data. If you race that may mean purchasing more than one power meter and/or using something other than a Powertap.

I only have one "good" bike and I don't race so I'm always riding with power...unless I forget to charge my Garmin.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:36 am 
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I've got 2 powertaps.

One in my training wheels.
One in a set of zipp 303's

Both 10 speed. 2 bikes.

I can run either wheelset in either bike for training, racing, climbing. Whatever.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:04 am 
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you need 2 powermeters- so you're covered when the powertap goes back for repairs.... ;-)

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:10 pm 
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Boy, you are spot one with that! Get a FedEx account while you are at it.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:43 pm 
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Ironically, in today's velonews, Dan Martin says he never looks at his power meter during a race.
That is sort of the way I feel too. I have become addicted to watching my powermeter. I don't really race anymore, and we didn't have powermeters when I was actively racing. But I always refused to wear a heart rate monitor because the few times that I did it scared me, even though I had become addicted to monitoring heart rate in training.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/ ... tts_325438


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:03 pm 
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Too heavy.

My best hill climb, arguably, was when I had my powertap and the battery died on the start line. I ended up pushing myself harder than I thought possible.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:22 pm 
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When I had a PT I would have to leave it behind for races when I used race wheels. And I am hard on rear wheels so I kept having to get it rebuilt.. like every 9 months. I'd be without a PM then.

Then I got a crank based PM so I could use race wheels, and use multiple sets during training to spread the load (and also build my own to make wheels that will last under me).

For many races I set the Garmin to not show power or HR. If I can see them I'll look, and during the crux moments may think "oh, I can't do that for long" and back off early. But it is very useful to be able to analyze the data afterwards. There's a few climbing races where I will use power and/or HR for pacing. And of course they're useful for TTs.


So, sadly, the answer is spend more money.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:32 pm 
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Butcher wrote:
Boy, you are spot one with that! Get a FedEx account while you are at it.


The latest G3 hubs are supposed to be as reliable as anything out there. Don't think Quarq's and SRM's are free from problems just because they cost a lot of money.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:42 pm 
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Had my 2 G3's in since Aug last year.
5000miles of racing and training over the 2 of them, in all weather conditions, and no problems yet (beside the typical rough bearings)

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