"POWER" MAKES IT GO 5 reasons why you need it

Things we like: Power Meters.

Power - it's something that riders usually only associate with hardcore racers, triathletes, or wannabes of either category. But no matter what level you ride, want to ride, or have ridden, power is the most reliable way to track your progress and fitness. The VYNL team has been riding with some form of power meter since 1999, because there are few things that help make cycling---not just racing---better. But why? We've got the 5 top reasons right here.

One: It Keeps You Honest

Go easier. Go harder. And go faster. Most riders spend too much time going just hard enough to get tired but never get stronger. A power meter tells you when you're soft-pedaling a hard effort, and also when you're getting too frisky on an easy day. You'll dig deeper, you'll also chill harder, and if you want to get faster, it's a better upgrade you can make.

Stages Power system keeps the #VYNLHitFactory strong

Two: It Keeps You On Pace

Even if you're not the racing type, knowing your wattage leads to better rides. We've been into longer gravel races like Lost & Found and Grinduro lately and our trusty Stages Powermeter helps keep the effort consistent throughout the long day, so we've got more juice for the ruthlessly steep climbs at the end. On the other end of the spectrum, a power meter will help you in time trial efforts, or Strava segments, or whatever.

Three: It Keeps You From Overtraining

We've all had those days - a climb feels harder than usual, or a group of folks you can usually hang with suddenly disappears into the distance. Typically this comes from our #1 tip: you're riding too hard too often. With a power meter, you can see in a cut & dry way exactly how much juice you're laying down at any given moment. If the number you see is lower than it should be for your perceived effort at that moment, it's a sign to take it down a notch and regroup on your training plan to prevent the dreaded Dead Legs on a day when you need them fresh.

Power will help you get to the top of any mountain faster and fresher

Four: It Keeps Your Goals Measurable

Whether your goal is to complete the Tour de France or beat your PR on the local climb, a powermeter will help you get there in a much more solid, straightforward way than training with perceived effort or even heart rate. This is because as your FTP (Functional Threshold Power) increases, so does your performance, and FTP is a number you can see, track, and train for in a concrete, measurable way. Heartrate is another measure of effort, but not a measure of performance.

Five: It Keeps Riding Fun

Ok. We might get some pushback on this one. But we don't care if your idea of "fun" is an epic 12 hour gravel grinder, a Saturday morning ride with the local crushers, or a solo ramble through the countryside - if you're riding stronger, it's going to be more enjoyable. Riding with a power meter might seem to be overkill if you're not planning on racing, but if used in a even the most basic of training plans, it can make all of your spinning easier by building muscles and fitness that allows you to stay fresher longer. Why would you not want that option?

For those All Day Epics, Power will let you ride more comfortably for longer periods of time

Get Powered Up

Here's a step-by-step plan to getting started:

Learn About your Options - If you've never heard of DC Rainmaker, now's the time. His reviews on power meters and any other piece of gear are completely comprehensive and unbiased. So dig in and see what he has to say before getting one for yourself.

Clever Training - They've got just about the widest variety of Power Meters available, so after you've picked the system that will work best for you, you'll be able to find it here.

Get a Training Plan - Once you've got your bike powered up, it's time to dig in a little deeper with a basic plan on how to use it. Don't worry - it's easier than you might think and totally worth it.

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