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Third week at the PIR

Third week riding the Tuesday night Portland International Raceway. Great time mixing it up with handcyclists. Would be great if other recumbent riders joined in. They’ve been invited, their loss.

Power Metering

I’m all about improvement and training as efficiently as possible; using a power meter in my routine is the next logical step.

When I started running marathons, I switched from using Polar heart rate monitors to Garmin’s Forerunner series of  GPS sport monitors. I’ve used a Garmin 910XT and now a Forerunner 920XT. They are both compatible with Ant+ bicycle sensors (speed, cadence and power). I currently use Garmin’s speed and cadence sensors on my VTX and they work wonderfully.

I’ve known about PowerTap’s hub power meters and over the years have been considering using one. Costs have been pretty high and the downside is having to build a wheel to use it.

For the home mechanic, like myself, wheel building isn’t a skill needed to do everyday maintenance. If you want power metering there are other options.

While searching for what is available to me, I found that there now quite a few companies producing power meters making this technology reachable to the “average” cyclist. These products measure the power output of a cyclist at different spots along the drive train. Power meters are produced for the rear hub, crank arm (left side or both), the pedal (left side or both) or the chain ring (more specifically the spider).

For me, building a wheel or replacing the pedals are not an option, leaving one area to consider – the cranks and chain rings.

Going back to PowerTap, I found they’ve added additional types of meters along with their familiar hub meters (news to me, tells you how long I’ve been out of the cycling world).

Besides their hub meters (G3 and GS), they also have a road pedal (P1) and chain ring (C1).

The PowerTap C1 is what interests me. It offers dual leg metering by replacing the chain rings with the C1 on a compatible crank set. This gives me the power metering I’m looking for. The downside is that the C1 only supports a 110BCD and the spider must fit flush with the new chain rings.

Thankfully PowerTap has extensive videos and a fairly comprehensive compatibility chart. I have a SRAM RED 50/34 110BCD compact double and the list shows my crank set as being supported. The cost is reasonable for its intended use.

Here is the PowerTap C1 mounted on my VTX:

Riding on a closed track

Riding on a closed track is awesome. No traffic and you can go as fast as you can pedal…
Hats off to Portland International Raceway and Incight.org for having this open ride!

Official STP 2016 timing!

The results are in!

STP 2016

The group I ride with are all “roadies” of varying skill levels – there are seven of them including my wife. I’m the “odd” one with the trike. Going over the logistics for the trip we decided my van would  be used as the support vehicle for the STP this year.

Even though the van can seat six comfortable, carry four bicycles using our hitch rack and carry the trike of the roof, we still needed room for three more riders with their bikes.

Five of the riders made arrangements to get to Seattle either by bus or train and meet us as the hotel. That gave us the room needed to pack the additional bicycles inside the van by roving the rear bench seat.

We packed the van and loaded the bikes and put the trike on the roof with the SeaSucker Trike Rack.

With all of our preparations for the 200 plus mile ride from Seattle to Portland now behind us, we begin the four-hour journey to Seattle.

We arrived on schedule despite the traffic and the detour to REI to pick up the timing chip I rented for my ride.

The hotel we stayed at was about two miles from the start line. My plan was to ride to the start line in the morning to activate the timing chip. The group planned on starting the ride from the hotel.

After unloading the van and taking our gear to our respective rooms, we walk around the area looking for something to eat. The group decides to have dinner at a quaint little Italian restaurant.

I left the group early so I could put the seat on my trike, fill my camelbak, and ensure everything was ready for the early morning start.

I’ll be the first to admin that I’m directionally challenged, even with a GPS. Getting to the start line from the hotel should have been a quick ten minute warm up, thirty minutes later I finally find the start line.

I began the Seattle to Portland in the “third wave” of one day riders and my elapsed time was 13 hours 19 minutes.