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Old 05-31-07, 03:34 PM
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Race Wheels or Power Meter???

I am new to racing this year and have only been in one road race and 4 velodrome races. I wanted to dedicate this year to learning more about racing and figuring out where and what I need to develop. My first road race magnified all of my weaknesses so I have been working pretty hard at interval training, hill climbing, and stamina.

In making more preparation for next year when I will be racing in several road races, crits, and track events I would like to make sure I have all of the tools to be successful in racing. I am in a bit of a dilemma as to whether I should get a set of tubular race wheels or a Power Tap. I can only budget one of them in at the present time. I will also be hiring a coach this fall to help prepare me.

I don't have a "race" wheelset. I use a custom wheelset using 28/32 spokes, DT Swiss 2.1 rims, and White Industry H1 hubs. If I go with a power tap it will be built into this wheelset.

Which would benefit me the most if I want to race next year and do well?
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Old 05-31-07, 03:38 PM
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power meter.
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Originally Posted by botto
power meter.
Indeed. You yourself said you wanted to focus on improving rather than racing right now. Kind of had to improve if you don't know where you're at.
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Power meter. If you are hiring a coach, he/she will most likely want you to have the power meter.
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Old 05-31-07, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by sverrefehn
Power meter. If you are hiring a coach, he/she will most likely want you to have the power meter.
And if not, find another coach. That is, if you have a power meter, you should only work with a coach who is experienced in working with power, and I don't mean just using power to prescribe workouts.
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Old 05-31-07, 03:46 PM
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+1 to power meter
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Old 05-31-07, 03:50 PM
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ditto on power. +1 on the cycling peaks program, as well. All of the numbers don't mean much if you don't know how to use them!

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Originally Posted by timmyquest
Indeed. You yourself said you wanted to focus on improving rather than racing right now. Kind of had to improve if you don't know where you're at.
do i assume correctly that the gist of the post above is intended for the OP?
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Wow!!! It looks like a power meter it will be. I've been looking at the different units available and I think I am going to go with a PowerTap with cradles installed on both of my road bikes.

Part 2 of my post: Is the PT a pretty good unit? Also should I go with the Pro, SL, or the new wireless unit?
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
+1 to power meter

+1 to this comment, which would equal +2 to the power meter.
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Old 05-31-07, 04:39 PM
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Unless you can get your paws on an SRM, a PT is good device. 'Ride' magazine did an accuracy comparison on a few different power meters and the SRM won but it was closely followed by the PT.
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Both you low budget newbie.

Wait. Don't listen to me, I've been doing this for friggin decades and I only have the race wheels.

Never mind.

Here's a thought: f the whole cycling crap thing and get a couple of iPods. Then you'll be so happy with the tunes in your head you won't care about racing.
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I would love to have a SRM but I would like the ability to use my PM on two different bikes. Also, I can't afford a SRM
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Old 05-31-07, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinmcdade
Part 2 of my post: Is the PT a pretty good unit? Also should I go with the Pro, SL, or the new wireless unit?
PT is a great unit. Which model all depends on how much you want to spend. I have heard the SL is a much better hub than the regular, but I have the regular and have no problem with it. If you can afford the little extra, I would definitely look into the wireless model.
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i race on 50 dollar wheels. equipment is not going to set u back. get a powermeter and use it during races to target weaknesses.
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Power meter. Are you sensing a trend yet?
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Originally Posted by kevinmcdade
I would love to have a SRM but I would like the ability to use my PM on two different bikes. Also, I can't afford a SRM
I have an easier time using my SRM on two bikes than I would a PT (well, maybe not, but it's close with the Shimano external BB system). Plus, I can use whatever wheels I want with it.

Anyways, 100% on the power meter. Racing wheels don't mean anything... Lots of people win on PoS wheels. Get a PT, lace it to something strong, and train AND race on it. Data from races is super important and useful, so you wont want to race on wheels, except maybe for goal events, anyways.
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Neither. IMO, you'll make the most progress in your training and racing by using the $ you have budgeted for a power meter to instead hire a coach who can help you learn how to train properly and race your bike. A good coach, even if they are trained to and are experienced coaching with powermeters, CAN train a person to race effectively by using heart rate and perceived exertion.
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Originally Posted by MDcatV
Neither. IMO, you'll make the most progress in your training and racing by using the $ you have budgeted for a power meter to instead hire a coach who can help you learn how to train properly and race your bike. A good coach, even if they are trained to and are experienced coaching with powermeters, CAN train a person to race effectively by using heart rate and perceived exertion.
cf. post #1, 4, and 5.
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Originally Posted by UT_Dude
I have an easier time using my SRM on two bikes than I would a PT (well, maybe not, but it's close with the Shimano external BB system). Plus, I can use whatever wheels I want with it.

Anyways, 100% on the power meter. Racing wheels don't mean anything... Lots of people win on PoS wheels. Get a PT, lace it to something strong, and train AND race on it. Data from races is super important and useful, so you wont want to race on wheels, except maybe for goal events, anyways.
+1. 3 minute switch for my SRM between the bikes. No limit on wheels. Of course, you still can't afford it, so why am I bother posting this info? Enjoy your power meter.
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Go for the PM. I made the mistake of buying $2000 race wheels that I use 5-10 times a year since I got a PM. I use the PM daily and quickly became addicted to the data it provides. I hate to say it, but so addicted that I now often use my PT wheel instead on my race wheels for races. You get your best data during races.

For A races, still use the race wheels, but I now have buyer's remorse. I shound have bought an SRM!
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