If you want to take your training seriously, one of the best things to do is to invest in a power meter. However until recently power meters were expensive pieces of kit, the preserve of pros and amateurs with a bit of cash to splash.
But in the last couple of years power meters have slowly been getting more affordable. First, Stages bought out a one-sided power meter for £600, then a few months ago we saw the Limits power meter which will retail for £244 when it is released to the public early next year.
Now there’s a new kid on the block, the PowerPod power meter, which is currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, and is set to retail for $299, or roughly £195.
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The PowerPod works in a similar way to the iBike Newton power meter, measuring your speed and the forces you’re having to overcome in order to calculate your power. This means that a unit is mounted on the front of the bike that measures wind, hills, acceleration and, apparently, rolling resistance, putting all these together to display your power on an ANT+ head unit.
You might think that this is a much less accurate method of calculating power than measuring the amount of force going through the pedals, but Velocomp, the company behind the PowerPod, is pretty confident in its system. In fact, it’s done some testing against an SRM power meter (usually regarded as the gold standard in power meters), and found that the PowerPod was always within 3% of the SRM.
If you like the sound of this, then the good news is you can get your hands on a PowerPod pretty quickly, with the company claiming a release date of November 2015. For more details (and maybe to pledge a bit of money) head over to Kickstarter.