If you’re a serious rider, the road bike market is an excellent opportunity to check your bike’s power levels and make sure it has enough torque for a given speed.
It’s easy to just take a few road bike components and check how they perform on the road, but it can be tricky to test your bike on the street as there’s so much variation in conditions.
If you’ve ever wanted to check the power of your road bike on a regular basis, here are 10 easy ways to do just that.
The most popular way to check power on a road bike is to use a torque meter, but you can also get your hands on an independent, low-cost unit that lets you measure the power output of a bike from the inside out.
There are a few different types of power meters out there, but the best is the PowerTap by Bike.
The bike-specific PowerTap measures the power in watts, and lets you set your own torque for your bike.
The unit is $199, but we found it to be the best value for the price.
The PowerTap comes with a battery, which you’ll need for the rest of your bike power meter.
When you use the Powertap, you can either record the bike’s torque or the torque that’s generated by the battery, and the data is then exported to your computer or connected to a smartphone.
It also has a handy web app that lets users view their data and compare it to the bike.
Here’s how to set up your bike for power testing.
PowerTap power meter on a bike.