Road.cc recently published an article titled “Six reasons why you should use a power meter.” Now I must confess I ride with power pretty much 100% of the time. That said, I would never recommend anyone buy one. So in rebuttal to that article, here are my six reasons you SHOULD NOT BUY a powermeter…
1) It can suck the joy out of cycling. It’s easy to get drawn into the numbers and focus on nothing else while out there on your bike. Just look at the thousands of photos of Chris Froome staring blankly at his head unit. Hell there’s a whole website devoted to it! Look up and enjoy the view. Focus on how you’re feeling. Ride hard and embrace your time on two wheels.
Look up and enjoy the ride!
2) You’ll always be disheartened by your watts. Your FTP will never be high enough and your peak sprint wattage will never be sharp enough. You’ll read up on pro cyclist’s power numbers. You’ll compare your numbers to your mates. There’s no joy in that.
No matter how high, that number will never satisfy…
3) It’s expensive. Sure the price of powermeters has fallen over the past few years, but they are still a relatively expensive addition to your bike. That money could buy many a round of coffees at the cafe stop for your buds! Or a weekend away with the other half. Or a second bike in some cases!
4) You may become THAT guy (or girl) who talks nothing but watts, FTP and power zones. Nobody wants to be caught sitting next to that person at the cafe. It’s boring. I know it, you know it. Nobody likes EITHER of these two douches:
5) It’s just another gadget you need to charge. You already need to ensure your phone is charged, your Garmin too, plus your Di2 battery (or four SRAM eTAP batteries). Do you really want to have yet another gadget attached to your bike that you need to plug in? No, you don’t.
6) You don’t get paid by results. If you want to improve, riders have being doing it for decades without the use of any fancy gadgets. Want to know the secret to getting faster? Pedal hard. Recover. Then pedal harder next time. Repeat until you’re fast enough!
So there you have it. Put your credit card away and step away from the laptop. No matter what these websites tell you. You don’t really want or need that powermeter.