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Cadence Computers, Are they useful?(6 posts)

Cadence Computers, Are they useful?Fixie-ated
Jan 24, 2003 12:48 PM
I am riding a Fuji Club converted to a fixed 42X17. I consider myself an experienced rider with borderline techweenie tendencies, so it was just a matter of time before I wanted to keep track of my upper and lower limits of the cadence on my rides.

Is this necessary? Am I worried way too much about nothing? I consider that the benefits of knowing this information are the following:

1. Measure fitness-I figure if I ride the same gear inches, but see increases in cadence, I will be rewarded to actually be able to record it.

2. There are times that I feel like I back off some down hills because I feel like I'm going to explode because of my perceived 200rpm cadence. If I had the computer, I could either confirm my suspicion or see that I truly am only at 100rpms, so I should pick up the pace.

The draw backs to using a computer, at least as far as I can think:

1. The most enjoyable part of fixed gear riding is the simplicity. If I get focused on the computer, I pretty much throw the shear enjoyment out the window.

2. All of those wires will ruin the clean look of a fixed.
Especially that wire that has to go to the bb, and then a magnet strapped to the crank...

3. $30.00 for something that I may not even need.

I need your advice on this topic please. I already know that I have issues, since I have taken the time to actually write this and ask for help. So please refrain from the name calling and stick to the questions.

Thanks.
re: Cadence Computers, Are they useful?Briton
Jan 24, 2003 1:28 PM
If you already have a computer on your bike that records max and average speed, it would be fairly easy to compute your maximum and average cadence. The same computation could be made for several speeds and either memorized or taped to the top tube. That said, I have wireless cadence on my bike (Vetta) but I'm a geek and it cost more than $30.
re: Cadence Computers, Are they useful?Shad
Jan 24, 2003 1:44 PM
Seems like you've thought it through pretty extensively! I have cadence on my FG and like it. For me it doesn't ruin the experience. I like to peek down once in a while and see how fast or slow my feet are moving. A speedometer and tachometer don't ruin the experience of driving a sports car. No one will notice the wires but you and the bike obsessed folks here. As far as saving $30, you could just put the money in the market and you'll have $15 next week.
I'd like to use one for a few weeks to "calibrate" my perceptionTig
Jan 24, 2003 4:56 PM
I agree with Shad on how well you've thought about the pluses and minuses. I like not having a computer on my fixed gear, but wouldn't mind seeing what the cadence is during certain conditions like decending, climbing, and of course, sprinting. A basic speed computer is all it takes to calculate the actual cadence, but later after the ride. One that records max speed is perfect for when we are spinning too fast to even glance down.

I'd use an existing computer for a few weeks and calculate certain observed speeds when I got back home. After a while we'd just know what our cadence is.
maybe calibrate to display cadence instead of speed??ukiahbill
Feb 16, 2003 11:29 AM
some computers have a wide enough range so that a calibration/circumfrence number could be input so that the speed display IS the cadence...I know Sigma computers have a really wide range and will display up to 180 mph or 300 km/hr. might be a good solution if you only want to check cadence occasionally..would work especially well on a model that will take two wheel sizes, like the BC1400.
that would give average and max cadence too (nm)ukiahbill
Feb 16, 2003 11:53 AM