So I’m pretty new to the whole thing, have done 6 or 7 ish races since November & now moving up to C grade.
Riding a ~7 year old alloy 105-level thing with some OK semi-aero alloy wheels. I don’t have a speedo, HRM, cadence monitor, gps-doodads or anything, just train on PE and a stopwatch velcro’d tight to the bars. Post-ride analysis on stravaaaa is about as high-tech as it gets here.
That’s not to say I don’t want any data stuff, I’m just rather tight saving for a house, etc, at the moment. And I try to hold off on impulse buying stuff, because I know if I buy the slightly wrong thing, I’ll have to just buy the right thing later & end up spending twice as much as if I’d just been a little more patient.
Anyway I’m starting to think I’ll be able to improve a hell of a lot faster if I can have something resembling structured training. I’m thinking some kind of cadence-capable PM and an edge 500/800 will do the trick.
In the future, if/when I get to B grade, I’ll probably start thinking about seriously getting a race-dedicated bike & some fancy-ass hellaflush deep dish carbon wheels. I imagine I would use my current bike for training, so whatever power meter I get, I’d like it to be fairly interchangeable… And cheap.
So that pretty much leaves the Stages, or 2nd hand Quarq.
Quarq : 2nd hand for probably $1,000. Want to try find a compact crankset so that might be hard. One for sale now on BNA for $1,100.
Stages : Don’t seem to come up 2nd hand. Would need to spend 600/700 on the crank, as well as a few hundred for a compatible driveside crank + BB. So that might come up to $1000 anyway, same as quarq…
So. Have you bought one? How did you find it helped you, did you see noticeable gains? Should I fork out for one now, or wait until I’m on the pointy end of C-grade before splurging on something like this? Or something else entirely? Interested in anyones experience with them at all