Monday, October 16, 2017

Speed and Cadence from Power Tap | Product Review

Power Tap Speed/Cadence Sensor Installed On Bicycle Crank Arm
I got my first cycling computer when I was 15 years old, and my first objective was to hit 50mph downhill. So on a summer afternoon I climbed to Sunset Rock overlooking Sparta, TN, cinched down the toe clip straps over my tennis shoes, and started hammering. I only weighed 135lbs wet so I had to rely on raw power to reach top speed. It took about two very dangerous, gravity-embracing minutes, but I did it! I was the fastest guy in town on a bike, and nobody could prove me wrong, because Strava hadn't been invented yet.

I'm a little older now and maybe a little wiser... or maybe not, but I'm still using technology to enhance my cycling experience. Sensors are all the rage these days; speed, cadence, heart rate, power, temperature, elevation gain, undulation... ok, that last one may or may not be available. If you find one let me know.

But today I've got a quick review for you on speed/cadence sensor technology, provided by PowerTap.