As Bikesnob pointed out, there's an obsession with PMs these days.
I've been back in the US for a few weeks, and have spotted power meters on every group ride that I've done. So far, I'd say that one of the riders actually merited it, and the rest were window dressing. :shrug:
At risk of joining the BSNYC club of scorn, I've been hemming and hawwing about getting a power meter for years. One of my best friends has been using a SRM for 6 years. This was initially a practical decision on his part: there are no group rides of note where he lives. I've seen first hand how much stronger he's become.
So, the quandary: powertap (used) soon, powertap (new) soonish, SRM sometime in the future.
Here's some snippets from an exchange about PTs and SRMs with my friend:
next email, after i mentioned i'm looking at deals on ebayOriginally Posted by friend
I'm thinking go cheap, try and find a PT for +/-750 now, and save for an SRM in the next year, or two.Originally Posted by friend
So... fellow RBR, any thoughts on this matter?