We all, as bikers, want to improve our performance when riding, but we need something to measure it to know we are riding through the correct path to do so.
A great way to do so is by using a PowerTap hub. Getting one is not a difficult task, just surf online, and you’ll find them faster than you think. In this article, we’ll learn how to proceed once we get one for its correct functioning. But, before that, do you know what a PowerTap hub is and how it works?
What Is a PowerTap Hub And What Is It Used For?
A PowerTap hub is a cycling power meter. It is mostly used for training since it allows the bikers to control and keep a record of their performance. It contains gauges used to measure the force or torque of the rear wheel. In this way, we can measure effort and speed -utilizing a speed sensor magnet within the hub- by just adding a small attachment to our rear wheel.
Depending on the model, it connects to different types of monitors – for example, your smartphone, tablet, or PCs. From these devices, you can follow what the hub registers from your rides, translated into easily-read numbers and charts.
Method of Installing a PowerTap Hub
Even though some hubs come already installed on a rear wheel, others can be bought separately and installed on your bike. Doing so is not such a rough path to ride.
It is quite important, though, to check that your rear wheel is compatible with the PowerTap you want to install.
Spokes and hubs should be taken into account when doing so because not all of them are compatible with these power meters. The rim must use standard type spokes and have a hole count where the hub can fit.
Just remember to check if the hub you’re willing to buy is the right one for your rear wheel. If you’re not that fond of both of your wheels matching or do not want to get your hands covered in dirt and grease, look for the PowerTap wheelset and just replace your rear wheel with it.
This video (credit to Henry is Vegan) shows you how to install a PowerTap hub:
PowerTap G3 Battery Replacement Without Tools
If your sensor is signaling a low battery alarm, and you don’t have your removal tools, whether because you’re on a ride, or because those nasty little tools were too easy to get lost, don’t panic!
There is a way to replace your PowerTap G3 battery without using the tools it came with. Instead of using the cap removal tool, you can use a set of pliers. You should use a cloth to cover the cap, so as not to damage it when removing it.
One of the most important things you must bear in mind is not to twist off the battery pack. Remember, the circuit may get damaged, and the sensor may not work correctly after that. After doing so, lift -remember, do not twist!- the battery pack. You will see the button battery to replace there. Replace it, put everything back in place, and you’re all set to go!
Check your device to see if it is functioning correctly before getting back on your ride.
Powertap P1 Right Pedal Missing
If you get a “Right Pedal Missing” message on your PowerTap P1, before sending it back to the shop you bought it and claiming for its warranty, you should check some things that may be causing the issue.
Firstly, make sure your firmware is up to date. If that’s not it, check the sensor on the pedal, it may come loose in time, and measures won’t be taken accurately, or even intermittently. Thirdly, check that the battery cap is tightly fastened. Due to movement and effort, it may also come loose and cause problems to your pedal.
Installing a power meter such as the PowerTap Hub is a great idea if you wish to track your performance in mountain bike training sessions, or when preparing for a major biking competition. Let us know more about your experience using these power meters!