Hello, I am a light TR user but planning to ramp up more now that my marathon is over.
I currently use a dumb trainer with virtual power, wahoo speed cadence sensor combo.
I have a retro cannondale I use on the trainer and got a new to me, used Cervelo S3 this spring I am using for my outdoor rides. I have no power meter on this bike.
I am thinking it would be nice and make sense to have the same power meter for both bikes so I can have power on outdoor rides as well as it be the same power meter I use for indoor rides so the data is comparable?
This leads me to believe power meter pedals are the best option?
However, I am not sure how necessary, for me, a power meter is for outdoor rides as I am mostly using them now for getting in longer duration rides 2.5-4 hours.
I am also tight on a budget.
My questions are:
-Should I do nothing, keep current set up and just focus on my TR workouts to build fitness with virtual power and use outdoor rides to build seat time?
-Are pedals the way to go? If so can I get away with one sided power to save money? Buy used? If so what is a good make and model to go with?
-Pedals don’t seem the most common way to go, cranks seem more popular. If my observation is right, why? Obviously switching cranks is not easy, I am sure the cranks on my vintage cannondale are not the same as those on my cervelo, I don’t even know how to tell what cranks are compatible with my bike.
-Should I ditch my cannondale and just use 1 bike, the cervelo for both indoor and outdoor riding and get an “blank” style power meter for it (and just get a 2nd wheel, tire and cassette to easily swap out between indoor and outdoor)?
Any feedback or advice is welcomed.