Comparing Power Meter Data on a Bicycle

I have been playing with multiple power meters on my bike recently so that I can use a different power meter with my new disk wheels.  This has been a project since well before the ITU World Championship in early October.  The results of this comparison will be the subject of a future post.  Today’s post is about something much geekier– how to actually compare power meter data. Continue reading

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How I Travel with my Bike

Bike in Front of Washington MonumentI travel with my bike… a lot.  Well not as much as a professional cyclist.  But for an everyday age-group athlete, it’s a lot of traveling with my bike.  Most of the folks I talk to are petrified about damaging their bikes but I’ve had hardly any issues in the hundreds of thousands of miles that I’ve flown with my bike.  Here is a quick review of how I do it.

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Tip for Avoiding Pinch Flats on Changing a Latex Tube

Blown Out Latex TubeDuring the winter, I keep butyl tubes in my bike tires because latex tubes are a pain to inflate every time I put my bike on the trainer.  Performance doesn’t matter indoors as it’s all about watts.  As spring rolls around, outdoor riding and racing pop up on the horizon, so I switch out to latex tubes– and invariably I get pinch flats when I change out my tires.   Here’s how to avoid that. Continue reading

Racing Smarter with a Power Meter

Powertap Power MeterPart of being faster when you’re older involves being smarter when you’re older.  Of all the sports in triathlon, the one that has benefitted the most from technology is cycling– and no piece of modern cycling equipment (except possibly aerobars) makes as much of a difference as a power meter.  Here’s why you’re just giving up a podium spot if you don’t own one and use it effectively in your training and racing. Continue reading