Performance measurement road bike
Performance measurement road bike is one of the central points of ambitious cycling. So-called power meters such as the Garmin Vector 3 or the Favero Assioma Duo are used for this purpose. For a meaningful performance measurement road bike, the wattage output must be measured and subsequently documented. Finally, a performance analysis is carried out. Based on such an analysis of performance values, various training methods and training plans can then be created. These can then be further adjusted according to performance progress in order to achieve further training goals. Performance measurement on racing bikes can be understood as various approaches. On the one hand the approach is to determine the performance via a power meter on the racing bike and on the other hand to determine the performance on the basis of the heart rate of the athlete. Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages. The power measurement reflects the direct load, whereas the heart rate reflects the load of the athlete. Therefore, most athletes today use both a power meter and a heart rate belt. These two sensors can then be connected to the bike computer via ANT+ and/or Bluetooth. Most bike computers such as Garmin, Wahoo O-Synce or Lezyne have GPS navigation functions (not all devices) as well as settings that allow the cyclist to see both power meter performance and heart rate at a glance. A performance measurement on a road bike is first a simple measurement that is made and then evaluated. However, the subject of performance measurement road bike is much more complex and multi-layered. A meaningful performance evaluation can only be made by including a few more factors.
There are also some significant differences between the various road power meters, which have to be taken into account when buying and using them. One is compatibility, because not every power meter can be used with every bike or bike computer. The type of powermeter used for mounting on a racing bike or mountain bike is of particular importance. Some crank arm power meters, for example, are not compatible with various braking systems on the rear wheel. Depending on the system, this can lead to a grinding point. This should be thoroughly clarified beforehand. Due to the pedal system, the pedal power meters are not suitable for a mountain bike, because the pedal power meters are all based on the Look system.
The crank power meters should also be checked for the appropriate axle standard and the associated matching bottom bracket. Bottom bearing standards for power meters are largely limited to 24mm, 29mm and 30mm crankshafts. For other rare sizes and standards, our support team will be happy to help you.
In addition to the compatibility of the power meter on the road bike or mountain bike, compatibility with the various end devices is also of great importance. Particularly in the triathlon scene, fitness watches are often used as end devices for power measurement. Some models are not designed for performance measurement road bike and in the worst case are not compatible at all. Therefore, a compatibility check is urgently necessary. In most cases, however, these devices can also be connected via ANT+ or Bluetooth and Bluetooth smart, provided these communication networks are supported by the respective providers.
The communication of other sensors that are part of the performance measurement, such as heart rate, cadence or speed is also usually done via Bluetooth. Performance measurement on a racing bike is therefore a combination of many different factors and makes cycling a science in itself. Especially for professionals and amateur athletes, performance measurement road bike has become an indispensable part of cycling and is now even spreading into popular sports. No matter with which performance class you want to compare yourself, this is possible with different software programs like Garmin Connect or Strava. There you can upload your own performance data online and compare it with your friends, acquaintances or even unknown athletes.