Many Zwifters have never trained with power until they purchased a smart trainer for Zwift. When the weather is nice and it’s time to ride outside, you can feel a little lost without those power numbers to inform your training.

Here’s a helpful short video from Hunter Allen, coauthor of Training and Racing with a Power Meter and head of Peaks Coaching Group.

As Hunter explains, there is no perfect power meter. Each solution has pluses and minuses given your situation. Hunter gives us four questions to answer:

  • What is my budget?
  • Where do I want to measure power? Pedal power meters are great, but if you like your current pedal setup this may not be an option. Wheel-based meters are great, but if you’re swapping wheels you don’t want to buy multiple power meter.
  • Do I want to measure left and right? 
  • Is this going to fit on my bike frame? How long will I be keeping my bike?

Good luck in your power meter search!