Road Cycling meets Gran Turismo: Telemetry Data

January 20, 2010

I’ve always thought car racing was neat. It’s even more fun when you can see the actual workings of the car, the rpm the driver shifts at, the engine temperature. All these pieces of data are neat for the real geek who loves to tear into the core of how things work.

I stumbled upon this today:

Imagine being able to collect all that data on a real time display. You can measure your body just like a high performance v8 engine (or in my case a mediocre performance economy car engine).

I really enjoyed the clean layout of the data. You could easily, at a glance, see everything that was going on with the rider with heart rate, power output and speed and “zone” data. Integrating this into a virtual instrument cluster on the bike is the next step, naturally, to getting a clear picture of the idiosyncrasies and workings of the “motor” that’s powering your bicycle.

I was training, last year, using a Garmin Edge (first edition) unit and found it to be great, but cumbersome because of limited battery life. I just might have to save up for the new version, now.

If only the display/cluster layout looked like this:

or this

Do any of you foresee a time in which powermeters and other such high tech devices will become the norm in consumer cycling?

Only a few more days of arduous studying for me, then it’s back to training and some travel…


3 Comments


  1. i train with a garmin triathlon watch when running or riding. you can record and upload your speed, cadence, distance, heart rate, caories burned, and a map of your route. works very well. i dont have the power meter but i am sure it can be recorded on the watch if its made by garmin. i love this tool but… gadgets dont make you fast, so get out and ride!

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