Garmin IQ “What’s My FTP” App Review

In the world of training with power, it seems FTP is king. Sure, it’s certainly not the be all and end all of power metrics, but it’s one that almost all people who train to power (or just ride around with power) seem to care about. Trouble is, FTP tests suck. Like properly suck. The…

So you want to buy a powermeter?

So you’ve been riding a while. Getting faster and stronger. You’ve spend a bit of cash on a nice bike and some flash kit. Now you’re thinking about powermeters. Some of your stronger mates have them. The pros all use one. Why not you? Surely getting a powermeter will turn you into a pro? You’ll…

Train by numbers: Feeding the Golden Cheetah

I love riding/training with power. It’s not for everyone, you need to love numbers and be a bit of a geek at heart. Other training metrics such as average speed, Strava segments and heart rate are variable and dependent on outside factors, But with wattage you either make it or you don’t. At the end…

How does the real Box Hill compare to the Zwift version?

It’s a question that comes up quite a lot in the Zwift community! How does the real Box Hill compare to the Zwift version? Will riding London Loop on Zwift help me train for Ride London? I’m lucky enough to have ridden both climbs numerous times with the same power meter (a very reliable PowerTap…

Dear Santa, PowerTap P1 Pedals

High on my Christmas list (yeah sure, I haven’t been that good this year) how I’d love a set of PowerTap P1 powermeter pedals. I love my G3 hub, but it does mean you’re limited to using it only in the one wheel. PowerTap P1’s give you the option of putting your powermeter on any…

Late to the Zwift party!

Okay. I’ll admit it. I was wrong. Oh so wrong… Zwift is pretty damn cool. When it comes to indoor training I’ve always been in the “short sharp suffering in the pain cave with intense intervals and no distractions” type of guy, but after clocking up a few virtual rides in the virtual world of Zwift,…

Back on the Rollers

In an attempt to increase my saddle time and get back up to flying fitness I splurged on a new set of rollers. Last month we smashed our target at work, so what better way to spend some of that bonus money than on bike tech? :-) Back in the UK I had a set…

Plug in your PowerTap!

Just a quickie for any PowerTap users out there. A new firmware update was recently released for all P1 pedals, C1 chainring and G3/GS hub power meters. According to PowerTap this is new firmware update aims to “simplify across the entire power portfolio” the way offset and calibration is measured. Now all units will share…

Continued winter training

Now that I’ve got the “base miles” out of the way (thanks to the Rapha Festive 500 for most of that) I’ve been spending more time in the Wattage Cottage; my endearing term for the garage where my turbo trainer lives! This month has seen me slowly build up the volume and intensity of my turbo sessions. Bolted to the…

Power never lies…

“Power never lies to you. It is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Friends may come and go. But two hundred watts is always two hundred watts.” The above quote is a modified version of one by Henry Rollins who at the time was talking about lifting weights. It’s a quote often thrown around in bodybuilding circles, but…