My friends, hello and a very good evening to you all!
I want to get a power meter for my bike, in order to bypass constantly calibrating my Kickr Snap. I want to buy something affordable but effective for indoor training, and I came across the “PowerPod” from velocomp.
Does anyone have any experience with these indoors on Zwift? I read some posts by DC Rainmaker, and I believe he says they should work for Zwift, but I wanted to check with you great folks first!
Thank you, you legends, and very best regards,
They’re not your typical power meter that measure direct force. Power Pod is an opposing force power meter, using the wind to guesstimate your output (along with a few other metics).
Indoors I believe they use basic speed/power curves from known trainers, so it’s exactly like ZPower.
If you’re going to be spending money on a power meter, this isn’t the one you want.
As an owner of a velocomp device I will second @Shane_Miller_GPLama advice . Its not for Zwift .
As a useful power meter for outdoor however its got a few pluses even for someone (Like me ) who has traditional power meters fitted to there bikes simply because it measures power in its unique way . It is surprisingly accurate ( if configured correctly - like all power meters ) , is very easy to swap over onto another bike , but comes into its own when measuring cDA , making it a very useful tool for a TT rider. .
Shane, Graham, thank you both very much for letting me know this!
They seem like a fine product and a good idea, and I’m sure outdoors they work fine for folks… but I’m very glad I checked.
There are no dealers of PowerPods in my neighbourhood, and thus, I would have to order them, wait before getting started, and then finally find out they do not work indoors.
Thank you both for the heads up, and I hope you both have wonderful days!
Very best regards,
To me the real use of the air resistance meters like the power pods is for TT / Tri riders tuning their position and comparing kit. A single side crank-based is about the same price.