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    I kind of hate my power tap

    because whenever it stops working and I am faced with training without it I get all bummed out on not having any data. Its ********.

    In this case my stupid cradle finally died on me so I cant get the data off the head unit and uploaded to my coach.

    Saris is sending me a new one but its going to take a couple days.

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    I'll buy it. $250.
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    $251, Bob
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    FYI, when mine broke I was able to do some quick soldering in order to download everything. If that doesn't work for you, you'll just have to keep it to under 10 hours total in the next couple of days.
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    $250 for a busted cradle sure

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    Yeah, I just finished building USCSwimming's new wheelset (PowerTap rear), and he's been training w/out power for the last 2 weeks. Needless to say, he's really excited to get it back.

    I'm dreading the first time mine stops working for some reason.

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    I bought my powertap in April of '06 and am wondering if versions made around then have some known bugs? Since then I've gone through two download cradles, one computer unit and two shark-fin sensors!!
    The Saris people have been very good about replacing this stuff, but I have to say all these problems have been super annoying. Another guy I know has 3 powertap units (one for each of his bikes) and he's had similar trouble. What gives??? I'm hardly even touching these things so why they would go bad...I haven't trained with power for the last 2 months since the download cradle went bad. I now have two computers that are filled with data.ugh.

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    my cradle was flakey for months. i should have tried to get it replaced before it totally died. Sometimes I had to mess with it for like 30 minutes to get it recognized by my pc

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    Yeah, I just finished building USCSwimming's new wheelset (PowerTap rear), and he's been training w/out power for the last 2 weeks. Needless to say, he's really excited to get it back.

    I'm dreading the first time mine stops working for some reason.
    I'm semi-actively looking for a backup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snicklefritz View Post
    I bought my powertap in April of '06 and am wondering if versions made around then have some known bugs? Since then I've gone through two download cradles, one computer unit and two shark-fin sensors!!
    The Saris people have been very good about replacing this stuff, but I have to say all these problems have been super annoying. Another guy I know has 3 powertap units (one for each of his bikes) and he's had similar trouble. What gives??? I'm hardly even touching these things so why they would go bad...I haven't trained with power for the last 2 months since the download cradle went bad. I now have two computers that are filled with data.ugh.
    The download cradles are terrible, no doubt.
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    thanks for reminding me why i don't have one. yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
    FYI, when mine broke I was able to do some quick soldering in order to download everything. If that doesn't work for you, you'll just have to keep it to under 10 hours total in the next couple of days.
    Exactly the same for me. I've re-soldered that stupid thing so many times. sigh.

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    When my Polar S720i HRM died on me, and I was forced to train without staring at numbers and trying to hit certain heart zones, I actually started to enjoy riding my bike more. I'd go out and train and just hit hill after hill, not caring if I was pushing my HR up more than I was "supposed to," and as a result, I've become a faster rider.

    Not to say I don't want a PowerTap, because I really do, it's just that sometimes it's not a bad thing to ride without thinking about numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Who View Post
    sometimes it's not a bad thing to ride without thinking about numbers.
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    Ever since I started with the PT (only 4 months or so now) I've really learned to gauge my PE as it relates to my wattage. As my fixed gear has no powermeter, I use PE and HR as my gauges and I really feel like i can nail down some good training sessions, as now I really know what I "should" be feeling at certain zones (mainly SST, lately). As I've been on the fixed for a lot of hours lately, I've been using this technique often.

    I guess as I transition away from the fixed gear, I may feel more atatched to my data device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
    FYI, when mine broke I was able to do some quick soldering in order to download everything. If that doesn't work for you, you'll just have to keep it to under 10 hours total in the next couple of days.
    can you go into more detail in what you did here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    thanks for reminding me why i don't have one. yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldesfor1@ithaca View Post
    Ever since I started with the PT (only 4 months or so now) I've really learned to gauge my PE as it relates to my wattage. As my fixed gear has no powermeter, I use PE and HR as my gauges and I really feel like i can nail down some good training sessions, as now I really know what I "should" be feeling at certain zones (mainly SST, lately). As I've been on the fixed for a lot of hours lately, I've been using this technique often.

    I guess as I transition away from the fixed gear, I may feel more atatched to my data device.
    Same here. I did every 2nd hill repeat today completely off of PE, ignoring power and time. They were still in line with where I wanted to be (half a hair from dying).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Who View Post
    When my Polar S720i HRM died on me, and I was forced to train without staring at numbers and trying to hit certain heart zones, I actually started to enjoy riding my bike more. I'd go out and train and just hit hill after hill, not caring if I was pushing my HR up more than I was "supposed to," and as a result, I've become a faster rider.

    Not to say I don't want a PowerTap, because I really do, it's just that sometimes it's not a bad thing to ride without thinking about numbers.
    Honestly, the power tap during the ride doesnt affect me much. I get just as much enjoyment riding with one that I do without. My problem is during the post ride when I like to relive the ride looking at numbers. For whatever reason I am very lucky and dont have the problem of looking at my computer during a ride and freaking out at the numbers. As a matter of fact I dont even look at it all the much unless my training requires me too.

    I dont know why but I really like having the data after the ride to validate what I just did. Being sore just isnt good enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldesfor1@ithaca View Post
    Ever since I started with the PT (only 4 months or so now) I've really learned to gauge my PE as it relates to my wattage. As my fixed gear has no powermeter, I use PE and HR as my gauges and I really feel like i can nail down some good training sessions, as now I really know what I "should" be feeling at certain zones (mainly SST, lately). As I've been on the fixed for a lot of hours lately, I've been using this technique often.

    I guess as I transition away from the fixed gear, I may feel more atatched to my data device.
    My PE is really starting to come around now too. Racing cross on a power tap free single speed really helped me there.

    I still have a lot of trouble gauging mid level efforts but max and near max efforts are a lot easier to judge now.

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