DIY Bicycle Power Meter

Written by cameron easey
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A power meter on a bicycle is typically used for training purposes. They allow a rider to view their current speed and other information -- data which can also be downloaded into your home or laptop computer. This allows you to chart your training workouts and to use software provided with the meter to construct exercises. You can then use the exercises to improve your strength when riding the bicycle.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Adhesive pads
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Zip ties

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  1. 1

    Remove the battery cover from the device and place the battery inside. Make sure that the logo on the battery is facing up. Replace the battery cover.

  2. 2

    Pull the backing off from two pieces of the adhesive pads. Place one of the pads on the left or right top part of the handle bars. Place the other pad on the underside of the handlebars. Take the backing off of the pads.

  3. 3

    Place the mount over the top of the adhesive pad on the top of the handlebars. Set the clamp under the handlebars and secure it to the mount with two screws using the Phillips head screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Wrap the sensor cable around a brake cable that connects to the handlebars. Let the sensor hang down over the spokes of the wheels.

  5. 5

    Attach the sensor magnet into a wheel spoke near the rim and tighten. Position the sensor on one of the front forks so that the sensor magnet will pass by the sensor as the wheel is turning. Attach the sensor to the front fork with the zip ties.

  6. 6

    Set the power meter on the mount and secure it in place. Press the "Power" button to turn on the power meter. Spin the front wheel and the speed should appear on the display.

Tips and warnings

  • Data cannot be read if the sensor magnet is not passing by the sensor correctly.

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