An open letter to fellow cyclists looking for an inexpensive power meter
Dear fellow cyclist,
When I was looking for a power meter with the limited budget that I had, I considered quite a few options to get the most bang for my buck.
Some Likely Considerations You'll Make
Here's what you'll probably consider too:
One thing I needed was that it has to be fuss-free and easy to install and setup, without having to need special tools or electronic gadgets.
The other was that it had to HAVE a good warranty programme, with good local support.
The last, should I ever need it, was that it had to be able to be covered under the local bicycle insurance.
Where did this lead me to then?
The answer: STAGES Cycling's power meter
Easy To Install And Setup
5 painless installation steps:
1) Simply remove the existing left hand side crank and replace it with STAGES.
2) Fix on your pedal, then connect it to your phone via Bluetooth and STAGES' app.
3) Have the crank arm at the 6 o'clock position.
4) Do a zero reset that takes all of 5 seconds.
5) Pair it with your Garmin (or other brand) head unit using ANT+ or Bluetooth connection.
Solid, Iron-Clad I-Stand-Behind-My-Product Guarantee
Thankfully, I haven't had the chance to test STAGES' warranty programme (and hopefully never will), but I've seen people come to Bikes n Bites and get their crank arm replaced one-to-one upon STAGES' approval.
How's that for great warranty service by STAGES? They truly stand behind their stuff!
Insurance wise, I specifically chose a crank-based system as the local bike insurance covers cranksets, but not pedals.
If that's as important to you as it is to me, then I'd suggest getting a crank-based power meter, too.
Price wise, you'll be happy to find out that Bikes n Bites pricing is lower than some online stores out there.
And this includes installation and setup done for you.
What About After You Buy The Power Meter?
As for after-sales service and warranty enquiries, Bikes n Bites is one of the most responsive and responsible folks you can entrust yourself with.
But don't take my word for it, ask around. Ask your friends. Ask anyone who bought a STAGES power meter from Bikes n Bites.
If you need more info on specs on the STAGES crank, or if you simply wish to buy, click on this link below:
P.S. You might've noticed my name plastered all over this website... That's because this site was done by me. And you may have even seen me working in the shop.
Rest assured, I bought my set of STAGES power meter, as a paying customer, before I (re)joined Bikes n Bites. Also, as a paying customer, I bought a pair of Gokiso Climber wheels. But that's another story for another time. :)
The story I'll add on though, is that I was so impressed with the good and honest service from Bikes n Bites towards customers, that I decided to join and work with them. Who doesn't appreciate such superb service, right?