Ergomo Sport

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    ERGOMO SPORT How good do you want to be? The inspiration to improve and the vision for a better solution inspired a team of cyclists and engineers to develop the Ergomo Sport! The Ergomo Sport is designed to measure the physical power while cycling and offers an abundance of professional level features! Now, nothing should hold you back from taking your training and racing to the next level!

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    Benefits of the Ergomo Sport®
    With the power-training phenomenon on the rise, the consumer public is blessed with several good options for power meters today. They are constantly becoming more accurate, more affordable, and more user friendly. Listed below are just some of the many attributes that make the Ergomo Sport® the leader of the power meter pack.
    * By measuring power output in the bottom bracket, the Ergomo Sport® allows you to ride and race with any wheels you want, no longer will you have to sacrifice performance in order to get your valuable racing data
    * The Ergomo Sport® is the most reliable power meter available due to its hard-wired design, so you will no longer lose data due to outside interference
    * At $1279, this power meter is a great value considering its comparable competitor is more than twice this price
    * The Ergomo Sport® is extremely easy to install and even easier to operate
    * The CPU is large enough to allow all of the pertinent data to be viewed at once, keeping your hands on the handlebars and your eyes on the road
    * The Ergomo Sport® is the only power meter with a CPU that has a convex screen, reducing glare and allowing you to see you data readout at all times
    * Being weatherproof, a hard-wired device, and having no rotating seals, the Ergomo Sport® is extremely durable and less susceptible to normal wear and tear
    * The Ergomo Sport comes with a 1 year warranty against manufacturer's defects and has a crash replacement policy
    * The Ergomo Sport® comes stocked with the absolute best software on the market for power meters, period!

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    Sensor accuracy of measurement +/-2%
    range of measurement 0 - 2500 Watts
    Computer power Watts
    heart rate beats per minute
    cadence revolutions per minute
    speed kilometers per hour
    temperature Celsius
    stopwatch h:min:sec
    clock h:min:sec
    data-recording recording of all data
    Software ErgoRacer at least Windows 95
    Accessories heart rate chest strap
    battery charger

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    Comparison of Power Meter Features
    Being extremely weather proof with no rotating seals, the Ergomo Sport® is likely the most durable power meter on the market today. Long gone are the days of being without a power meter for weeks at a time, while yours is being repaired or refurbished. Ride with confidence, knowing that the product you purchased will endure the elements of racing and training year round!
    Being a hard-wired power meter, the Ergomo Sport® is not susceptible to outside interference that plagues some of the power measuring devices currently available. You will never experience lost data as the result of riding along side power lines ever again! Get uninterrupted, real time data that allows you to analyze your rides to the fullest!
    One of the most common complaints associated with power meters today is that the software that they come with is often too complicated or completely inadequate. Many of the screens on the existing software programs are cluttered, filled with hard to read data that may or may not be relevant, and are far from user-friendly. The Ergomo Sport® comes with the best software for power meters available today. With easy navigation, pertinent data, clear graphs, and the most features, the Ergomo Sport® makes analyzing your power meter files a simple and rewarding process. Let the Egomo Sport® software help take your training with a power meter to the next level!
    One of the most appealing features of the Ergomo Sport® is the fact that it allows you to ride whatever wheels you want, thus saving weight where it counts most, centrifugally. In a gram conscious sport, every bit counts, and while this device is not currently the leader in weight savings, it does save weight where it is most important. At 313 grams above the Shimano Ultegra bottom bracket, the Ergomo Sport® is comparable to its competitors. The Ergomo Sport® will not slow you down when training or racing!
    Ride any wheels!
    One of the biggest deterrents of cyclists purchasing a power meter or using the one they own is the fact that some will not allow you to use the wheels of your choice. By measuring power output in the bottom bracket, the Ergomo Sport® allows the rider to use whatever wheels they want. Now you can use those carbon wheels in your race or use that disk for the time trial. Having a power meter in training, and ultimately when racing, is the best way to track your training, pace your self and reach a peak performance. There is no more pertinent data than what is collected from a race, and now with the Ergomo Sport®, you never have to miss out on it again!
    Fortunately for the consumer, there are several options on the market to choose from. At $1279, the Ergomo Sport® is a great value considering that the comparable competitor retails for more than twice the price. The benefits that come with this device far outweigh the cost when compared to its competition. There are cheaper options available, but do not let saving a few dollars lead you to sacrificing quality, functionality, and all of the other features that make the Ergomo Sport® a potential leader in the power meter market!

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    Why train with power?
    We often get asked the age old question: Why should I train with power? While the answer is lengthy, the reasons are real!
    1. Training with a power meter gives you a complete record of your effort. It records your effort from a cardiovascular viewpoint (Heart rate), and from a muscular viewpoint (watts). Know how much time you've spent in your training zones while riding. Highlight areas of interest, intervals of data - hills, sprints, attacks for review by you, your coach or even your teammates!
    2. Add real meaning to your heart rate monitoring. Heart monitoring alone does not tell you how your actual performance is improving, it just tells you how hard your heart is working. A power meter measures your rate of work (power), and analyzes your efficiency by allowing you to compare heart rate data to power output to your cadence and finally to your speed.
    3. Track your Fitness Changes. Know with certainty if your fitness is improving and when you have reached a peak. Avoid overreaching and over training by tracking your TSS and IF levels. You can easily see your changes in fitness and track them.
    4. Analyze your Race! Want a subjective viewpoint on your use of energy in the race? A power meter can help you better analyze your race. You can easily see when you burned a "match" and if you used too much energy in parts of the race that weren't decisive. Did you make a tactical error in a race, but didn't realize it? By looking back on the data, you can replay the race in your head and see exactly what it took to make the winning break or what it took to make the decisive split. If you got shelled, you can see where you need to focus your training!
    5. Pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses. Do you get dropped when your cadence drops below 80rpm? Are you a Cat 1 in your 5 minute power, but Cat 4 in your 20 minute power? If you have to do 105% of your Threshold power for more than 3 minutes, will you get popped? With a power meter, you can analyze your performance and training to find out what your natural talents are. Then by using Coggan's Power Profiling, you can quantitatively see those talents and then easily see where you need improvement.
    6. Improve your interaction with your Coach! It brings you and your coach closer together! By using a power meter, your coach can find out things about you, that he would not otherwise be able to figure out. Your coach can then better use this data to improve your training plan. Your coach can instantly see what you are doing in races, training rides and make suggestions to further improvements. A power meter doesn't lie!
    7. Achieve your physical potential! When you train with a power meter, it allows you to concentrate on the workload and provide that extra motivation to improve in your efforts. For example, if you are doing a 5 minute effort, and you are watching your Average watts drop near the end of the effort, you'll pick it up just another notch in order to achieve your 5 minute wattage goal.
    8. Test your position and aerodynamics. Your body position is the single greatest factor in determining your speed while riding at a specific power output. Why risk the disadvantage of a poor position when you can measure your aerodynamics and discover your fastest position!
    9. Pacing of efforts. It allows you to pace your effort better in all of your interval workouts, hill climbs and time trials. When you know your threshold power, you can hold to it like glue in a time trial or hill climb, so you will know that you went as hard as you could possibly go. Use it in breakaways, in order to know if you are going too hard, and risk getting dropped, or figure out what it will take to win the race.
    10. Mobile Testing Lab! A power meter allows you to test on a monthly basis, so you can quantitatively see what areas you have improved on and what still needs work. A power meter measures the changes in your ability to move the bicycle down the road. It tells you how much force you are putting into the pedals and not just the workload on your cardio system. By testing regularly, you can better understand your potential for improvement and better avoid overtraining. Training is testing, Testing is training. Make every training session a peak performance!
    11. Record your training data every few seconds. It's the true diary of your every ride! You will know what you were doing almost every second of the ride!
    12. Enhance your indoor training. Use your indoor trainer to the fullest extent! Highly focus your intervals in just the exact wattage zone for optimal improvement. Your indoor training gains new meaning when you can compare your intensity to on-road efforts.
    13. Coordinate your sports nutrition for best performance. Knowing how much work (in kJ) you do in training allows you to plan your post-exercise meals to the kcal. You will recover faster and be able to train harder sooner. You will also be able to plan to reach your ideal physique by eating enough to supplement or maintain your muscle mass. Use our quick calculator here to convert from kj to kcal.
    14. PLAN, CONTROL AND EXECUTE your training like the pros. Train efficiently so that your best fitness peaks at your goal events. Every top cycling performance has been aided by the use of power meter training technology Tour de France winners, Hour records, Track records, HPV records.

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    How to train with a power meter
    By Hunter Allen
    O.k. Great, now you have bought one of these things, installed it ever so carefully on your bike, figured out how to toggle between two buttons and 4 screens while riding one handed at 25mph, what the heck do you actually do with it?
    Well, the answer is, lots of things. Let's take each of those items and break them down so that you can get the biggest bang for your 'training' buck so to speak.
    First and foremost, you need to start some formal testing with it. The very first test you should do is a test in which you just start to find out how the thing works and establish your 'fitness baseline'. I call this test your "monthly test", as you should be doing this once a month in order to track changes in your fitness and make assessments and changes to your training program based on the results of the test.
    The Monthly Test: 20minute warm-up, which is just riding along at a moderate pace, about 65% of your max HR. Then do (3) fast pedaling efforts for 100rpm for one minute each with one minute between each. Then 3 minutes easy.. Then Go for it - (1) 5minute all out. Punch it and hold it! Make sure that you start at a high pace, but not so high that you die at the end. You should have a little in reserve to kick it to the finish line in the last minute. Then 10minutes easy, then (3) 30 seconds "Super Sprints". Jump as hard as you can and then Sprint like a crazy for 30 seconds. REST 3minutes between each. WAY EASY! Then time for (3) 1 minute all out efforts. REST for at least 4-5 minutes between each. Finish the Ride and cool down. Again, you are trying to produce the most average watts over the entire period. It's not a good test, if you go out too hard and then just explode and limp home…Cool down, and then download the computer!
    You need to do a separate test on another day for a solid 20-minute effort as hard as you can go. Same warm-up as above, including the fast pedaling intervals, but now just do the 20 minute Time Trial.
    What these tests do is that they gather some information about your fitness in different time periods. Because, although you may think you are fit for that upcoming time trial, you may test very poorly in the 20 minute test, in relation to the 5 minute test. So, from that info, you can change and tailor your workouts, but more about that later. This test also is your first test with a power meter and there is a little learning curve, so it's nice to have a test from the beginning that isn't too involved and you can get an idea of how to pace yourself better for upcoming future tests.
    Once you have the data from the test, make sure to "pull" it out of the software, so that you can put it into an Excel Spreadsheet for each time interval. This will be your baseline against which you will be testing each month.
    O.k. So now that you have done the "Monthly Test", you can start training with Power, and not so much HR anymore. Based on your 20-minute test, you should have a good idea of your Lactate threshold wattage, and from there you can calculate your power zones using this simple calculator on the web.
    Establish Optimal Cadence: These are more tests that are designed to help you figure out what is your optimal cadence over different time periods. You see, not everyone is meant to spin a fast gear like Lance. Some of us are more efficient and produce more power for each heartbeat, in the 85-90 rpm range. Some are more efficient in the 95-100 rpm range. Which are you? That's what we are going to figure out.
    This involves a series of 3 tests. The first test is a self-selected test and you've already done it! That baseline test was also the first cadence test! You did the test protocol in the cadence that felt right to you. That's all that matters. You did your best in the gear and cadence that felt like you are putting out the greatest power that you can do. This is your baseline.
    Make sure to take it easy the day before, so that you do a good test. No sense in doing the test if you are sick, tired or stayed up all last night with the drinking buddies. So, be sure to do the test on a day that you are planning on being strong and psyched to go!
    Now, from the basis of this first test, you need to look at the specific intervals and figure out your average cadence from each effort. Go into the Ergomo Racer Software and copy the information out of the Summary window on the Journal page, after you have highlighted the significant test periods. This is really the only important thing at this point in the process.
    So, once you have your average cadence for each interval, then this will help you determine the 'restricted cadence' of the next test. If your self-selected was 85rpm, then the next test should be a low cadence test with cadence restricted to 70rpm and below for each time interval. This means that you must set the resistance and gearing as such that you can go as hard as you possibly can, but stay under 70rpm. This will then give you a comparison to the self-selected cadence. Did you produce more power for some time intervals for the lower cadence? What about Heart rate? Was your heart rate lower per watt for the self-selected? What was the power/hr ratio for this compared to your self-selected? These are things you'll need to be asking yourself.
    Now, the final test. This needs to be a high cadence test. So, go 15 rpm's above the self-selected to get high cadence. Once completing this test, you can compare all three together and see at which time interval you are the most efficient. Efficiency incorporates the max watts you produced, the average watts you produced, your max heart rate and average heart rate for each time interval. For the 1-minute test, was your max HR higher for the high cadence as compared to self-selected, but the average watts were lower? So, you need to look at the whole picture when comparing the 3 tests side by side. And guess what? Some of them will be so similar that it's a toss-up to which is better. If Average watts and average HR are very similar, than I look to the Max watts for a tiebreaker. If that is similar (within 15watts), then I look to actual distance covered and see which is greater. If all are still the same, then go with what you think, but be prepared to test this time interval again in 4-6 weeks.
    So, now you should a clear picture (or spreadsheet) ;-) of your cadence, power and heart rate for each time interval. You should be able to now see which cadence is more efficient for 1 minute and all of the rest of the time periods. Now, you ask, why is this important? It's important because there will be many times in a race or training ride, in which you will have a good ballpark idea of how long an interval will be. This way you can select the correct gear for the upcoming effort and know that you are maximizing your effort. Know that there is a 30 second out of the saddle burst you have to do on every lap? Know you are going to attack 100 meters before a corner and then accelerate hard for the next 2 minutes? Know you have a little rise in the road that you have to pop over? Got a 40k TT coming up? Now, you can select the right gear for each situation.
    The other side of this is that you find out what your weaknesses are regarding cadence also. If your watts fall by 30-40 watts when riding in a bigger gear, than you might want to start incorporating some low cadence/high force workouts into your routine. If your watts fall by 20-30 when spinning a smaller gear, or if you know you have trouble with little accelerations, then maybe you want to incorporate some fast pedaling intervals into the equation.
    By Testing your cadence you now have a baseline and a place to go. Time to start working on those weaknesses. Testing your optimal cadence now allows you to really figure out where you can improve your power output at different time levels.
    How to use your power meter in training
    When you have your wheel circumference measured, and make sure to measure it exactly with your weight on the bike and correct tire pressure in the tire, then you are ready to go training.
    The first thing you'll notice is that your power is highly fluctuating. Andy Coggan, PhD, has coined the usage of the word "stochastic" to describe cycling. This means that cycling is highly variable and not quite random, but darn close. So, you spend plenty of time not pedaling, pedaling a whole lot, pedaling with a huge wattage and also just kind of noodling along. Lots of things will affect your power: wind, hills, type of rider(s) you are riding with and many more things.
    So, if your power output is highly variable, then how are you going to train in some certain range of power?
    Well, a lot of times, you're not. You simply just won't be able to hold a steady range of power on the terrain that you are riding. There will be too many external influences that won't allow you to ride in a specified range.
    However there will be plenty of times that you will be able to. In order to do this, you'll have to plan for that and really get yourself psyched to go out and do a workout based on power. Other times, you are going to use your power meter as a retro tool, a way to view the info on your ride after the ride is over. Both are valid and should be used. Sometimes, you think you are pedaling 90rpm, but when you downloaded the data from the power meter you find that you were only pedaling 85rpm. The power meter download allows you have this retro-look.
    Training Opportunities in which to train using your power meter.
    * Trainer- Easy to regulate your wattage as there are no external influences.
    * Flat Roads- utilizing a specific wattage protocol
    * Time Trials -Pacing tool and to select the best cadence.
    * Hill Climbs-Pacing tool and to select the best cadence.
    * Specific Intervals and training protocols.
    * "Race Winning Intervals"
    Each of these have many ways in which you can use your power meter.
    For a time trial, you will use it as a pacing tool, and make sure you are not exceeding a certain wattage during your time trial and therefore blowing up and losing valuable time.
    For a hill climb, you will be able to push a certain number of watts in order to maintain the highest pace you can sustain in the climb. You will also be able to adjust you cadence in order to see you power go up and then also see your HR go down.
    What to look at in your Downloads.
    First things first, take off as much smoothing as possible in the software program. You really need to look at the true data and not smoothed data. Get used to seeing the real data and tell all your friends how many watts you really produce and not some guesstimate based on your smoothed data.
    Look at:
    * Periods of significant efforts. For example: A 15 minute interval that you did at Sub LT HR.
    * Significant fluctuations in power and count them.
    * Cadence when you have time periods of high power output.
    * How many kilojoules of energy did you put out?
    * MAX wattage, and average wattage for selected duration of interest.
    * Heart Rate at significant time periods.
    * Try to pinpoint areas of a race that have significance and look at them to see what made or broke that part of the race.
    * Look at the area of time that you got dropped and see what happened. Maybe your cadence was too low for 10 minutes before. Maybe your pedaling stroke became sloppy as you got more fatigued and your torque got too high compared to the power output.
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