About me: Triathlete thinking about switching to bike racing. 6’6" tall. 185 pounds. FTP: 340 (Virtual Power on KK RM)
Ok… so I’m still in the stone age of cycling. I’ll admit it. But I’m super cheap, and I just can’t justify the the cost of a power meter or a smart trainer because of how effect virtual power has been for me on a KK Road Machine since I started with TR in 2013. It keeps me at the pointy end of most group rides and I can easily ride under an hour for a 40 mile TT; and I can outclimb most riders I go up against…
But I’m wondering if I’m losing something significant by not using a smart/direct drive trainer and/or a power meter. My structured workouts are all on Trainerroad. When I ride outside, it’s either to just get some endurance riding in with no hard targets, or to do a group ride where I want to test myself against other athletes (and so - in theory - power doesn’t matter as much). I like the contrast between unstructured outdoor riding and super structured indoor riding… and I feel like the rear wheel trainer provides power reading that ought to be “close enough” to a smart/direct drive trainer.