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Anyone use an inclinometer?(6 posts)

Anyone use an inclinometer?manicoti
Nov 4, 2003 9:15 AM
There is an inclinometer on that I saw in a recent issue of velonews and I was wondering if anyone has used one or seen anyone use one. I was thinking about getting one (cause I like gadgets) but I wanted opinions.
I couldn't find it anywhere in the reviews. I think it may be a useful training tool by allowing me to know at what pitch I can or can't effectively ride and how long I can suffer on any given hill. It only costs about $25. I could probably make one myself, but that is no fun. Thanks.
Nov 4, 2003 9:19 AM
I have a Specialized computer with incline function. It measures change in grade over time and calcs grade. Works 'ok', but not well.

There was a thread or two on this and the one you describe in the General Forum a few months ago. Do a search there for "inclinometer".

re: Anyone use an inclinometer?timwat
Nov 4, 2003 11:58 AM
Just read a review in one of the Mountain bike mags. From what I remember it works well on a road bike if you're seated, but is useless when climbing out of the saddle. They also said it didn't work well for mtb because of all the suspension movement, etc.
Review was for $25 bubble type nm..timwat
Nov 4, 2003 12:00 PM
re: Anyone use an inclinometer?Hammy71
Nov 4, 2003 3:54 PM
I had the bubble type and it worked OK with my road bike....(it's kinda big and really yellow). Worked great except when I went to "tweek" the mounting screws one day and it snapped in half...the plastic is kinda cheap...but hey...I should've been more carefull...........
I asked here a couple months agoPeterRider
Nov 4, 2003 4:17 PM
The general consensus was that in order to get a good reading, you have to stop (which is convenient if you're on a 20% grade, you can rest a bit). So I didn't get it. On the other hand, I have the Vetta V100A computer with altimeter, it does a calculation of the grade based on altimeter measurements. It gives good average information on the grade, i.e. if the grade is constant, after a few measurements you can average a good value. But if the grade changes fast and you want to have exact measurements everywhere, altimeter-based stuff is not precise enough.