So I've been looking at the Garmin Edge 500 for the past few days as my training for the winter has a lot to do with heart rate and watts and cadence. I've mainly been reading this review: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2009/11/g...th-review.html
Now I like everything about the 500 that I've heard as I have never actually seen one or used one. I also have been wanting one for a while but I was able to save the $300 and keep my crappy cyclocomputer for now. I thought that the 500 was expensive, $300 is a lot for a cycling computer! But one of the things I wanted most was the power meter. I would love to know my wattage, FTP, max HR, max wattage.. all those numbers, and to be able to open another door who's matt I'm stepping on right now (I know, awful metaphor, but I tried ).
One thing that I just leanred is that power meters come in hubs, wheelsets, and even bikes!!? I mean, I thought it was something way simpler, but apparently the lowest you would have to pay just to figure out your wattage on a ride (and during!) is like $1000...I now realize that the Garmin isn't the 'expensive' item here.
Am I wrong here, or do I have to pay $1000, for a power meter? If I do, that's a huge bummer because I really want to have a power meter but I don't have the money to pay for something that costs so much! Is there anything out there that costs about $100, or around that price that can give me power output. Even if it is only power, I'll still buy a Garmin for the HR, cadence, etc. I just want something to read my power as I ride. It'll help out my training, and my winter base riding depends on it.
Any feedback is very much appreciated as I am sitting on the top of the fence of what to do here.
Ps. I know every item isn't $1000 but they're still all so expensive (hundreds of dollars).
Plus I have no familiarity with stuff in this part of cycling so any info is appreciated and if I am wrong on anything above, please let me know. Thanks!