Can an Indoor or Outdoor Cyclist measure their power using only Heart Rate?
I personally find it hard to believe, and yet CycleOps says their new PowerCal will do exactly that. Now if I had seen this advertised on some late night infomercial I wouldn't have given it a second thought, but CycleOps is one of the leaders in Power measurement for both Indoor and Outdoor Cyclists... so it must work - right?
Here is a very comprehensive review / article that explores PowerCal from a road cyclist's perspective.
I contacted Angie Sturtevant from CycleOps and she has connected me with their product specialist. Maybe I can get him on the Podcast to explain how this works.
In the mean time here is a short video from CycleOps discussing the PowerCal.
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theres no way this could be accurate unless each user did a power test with a HR monitor and then a correlation between wattage and HR for each individual .It would then have to be retested throughout the year as fitness improved.Is a power metre actualy part of the product
Paul that was my original thought as well. I talked to their “expert” I learned that yes they need a user to go through a ramp test to establish HR @ power levels. Beyond that he said that they are using HR variability; i.e. the difference between heart beats to establish power. Yes they need to retest frequently and No I don’t feel it will be very accurate. I had asked them to send me a demo unit to try and they told me the FreeMotion S11.0 doesn’t have measured power, which of course it does, so I didn’t have a way to set the original power/HR.