Choosing between a heart rate monitor or power meter

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Adding a power meter to your bike is expensive, but do you need one? (Photo: Clavicula)
Adding a power meter to your bike is expensive, but do you need one? (Photo: Clavicula)

You have started to take your cycling seriously, having fun riding your bike, but what about those fitness and power statistics?

In a world awash with data, you will see all the pros posting power figures and W/kg numbers after a massive effort. Should a power meter be the next step for tracking improvement and is it any more effective than training with heart rate monitor?

We have explored the subject of heart rate zones and how to use them to train, but the same applies to power and watts. To get into the power meter game you also require an FTP test, Ramp test or whichever your preferred zone calculation test is, to establish a baseline.

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