Setting Power meter to % or zone?

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  1. novetan

    novetan New Member

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    I just installed a power meter but have taken only 5 rides.

    Have you ever set your metering to %FTP or Zone? I understand in sprint, one would like to see absolute figures. I’m referring to long rides and I find the % and zone gives me a range that I’m riding within that sets me on track. I’m not sure, perhaps it’s a matter of time in getting use to seeing spiky figures.
     
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  2. maxroadrash

    maxroadrash New Member

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    What type meter and head unit do you have?
     
  3. sebo2000

    sebo2000 New Member

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    I have both side by side, Power zones and power %, just below Power 3s average Power and NP , it is much easier to look at zones or % during trainer training. And you do not have to remember absolute numbers that are changing during the year at list few times.
     
  4. novetan

    novetan New Member

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    Max,

    I'm using a power tap.

    Sebo,
    Tks for your input.
     
  5. An old Guy

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    Zone gives you 7 numbers with a big difference in effort from the bottom of one number to the top of that number. Not very interesting.

    %FTP is more useful. Watts has move values in a range than %FTP, but may have no better accuracy.
     
  6. sebo2000

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    Most of the modern computers if not all show zones with decimals.

    1.2 1.3 1.4 etc. it is not just 3 for zone 3. example my Threshold power is displayed with 3.9W accuracy. Interesting because it is much easier to sty in that zone then looking at the number range.
     
  7. novetan

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    Tks guys for your feedback.
     
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