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Thread: DIY Power Meter

  1. #1
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    Jun 2009

    DIY Power Meter

    So, I would like to get a power meter but I am unwilling to shell out the money (the $200 iSport one is not what Im looking for). Being handy with electronics and computers I started looking into doing a DIY. But I have not done anything mechanical in a long time so I am treading lightly, my confidence is not so high in this area.

    So just conceptually I was looking at this as W=VA. Which mechanically, P=TVa (T=torque, Va=angular velocity). Va seems to be simple enough to get. Cadence/wheel speed measurements are common enough. So torque was the problem. And I dont want to build a custom BB or hub to get the job done. So I began looking into other ways to get torque rather than measuring it directly. Wikipedia was naturally the first stop.

    And here,, I came across this: T=IAa (I=moment of inertia, Aa=angular velocity). This would be the non-constant case, but I feel that I am missing something here. If you could measure cadence much finer than 1 pedal RPM, then it seems that I could take the derivative of of it (numerically). Is this right? And, at this point... how much does I (inertia) matter? It seems fairly negligible next the force one puts onto the pedals...

  2. #2
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    Sep 2005
    I think that by pedal rotation alone you'll never guess if the rider is going uphill and making a lot of effort or downhill and stumping on the pedals.

    How about dropping the sensor from a digital kitchen scale between the foot and the pedal?

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