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Jun 6, 2003 4:00 AM
Whilst I am in full training info gathering mode has anyone used Powercranks?. The make some quite bold claims on their website. As primarly a Duathlete my cycling technique is not the best (highlighted by my not very smooth one leg drills!). Are the benifits gained worth the cost or would my money be better invested else where?
re: Powercranksbrider
Jun 6, 2003 9:28 AM
Go over to Slowtwitch or Tri-Newbies Online and ask there. Several people using them (including one on TNO that was previously a BIG critic of PCs until he was given the chance to try them -- ask for ttn) on those boards.
re: Powercranksrussw19
Jun 6, 2003 2:52 PM
There is a triathlete that comes into the bike shop I work at with a pair of these. I have test riden his bike (with his permission of course) for a 10 mile ride. They are frustrating to get used to, but I imagine that they will smooth out a lot of people's pedal problems. The overwhelming thing I noticed about my own form (and I always thought my form was pretty good in the past, lots of roller and track time) was that I pedal faster with my right leg (dominate) than my left with these cranks. It makes sense, since that is my stronger leg, but the fact that I pedal faster with that leg was surprising to find.

Now to answer your real question.. I don't know that those cranks will or will not be the best money you ever spend.. I think a PowerTap hub would be a better investment for a training tool, but that's just me.

re: Powercranks268generation
Jun 7, 2003 11:33 AM
How do they work, the description on the web site is somewhat vague for me.
Stick with the one-leg drillsKerry
Jun 8, 2003 4:16 PM
These cranks are the latest in a LONG line of "magic" systems that somehow get more power out of riders who are otherwise limited by their aerobic and anaerobic capacities. IOW, your HR is at the max, and these cranks "magically" make you more efficient. If you're willing to wait just one year, you'll find that they have dropped off the radar screen and been replaced by some other fad. Or, they have been shown to be so great that everyone will be switching to them to stay competitive. This latter circumstance has not happened with any previous "magic" cranks, but it COULD happen this time. Just wouldn't bet that way, if I were you. In the mean time, your one legged drills (along with high cadence drills and roller sessions in the off season) will get you where you need to be FOR FREE and WITH NO RISK, as they are proven techniques to improve your pedalling.