|Computer with or without cadence||bassclef|
Apr 16, 2001 1:41 PM
|I'm new to road biking and would like to know if I should get a computer with or without cadence. What are the advantages of cadence?|
|Yes for new riders||DCP|
Apr 16, 2001 2:02 PM
|I too am pretty new at road bikes. I find cadence to be very helpful. More experienced riders seem to find it very much less useful as they have a better feel for an efficient cadence.
Another tool which I find useful is a heart rate monitor. I was not used to long time periods of exertion. Once I got use to using the monitor, I now can use it to keep me from too great or too little effort. Again, I suspect that more experienced riders would find much less benefit.
Besides, on long rides, these are great toys.
|re: Computer with or without cadence||Steve L|
Apr 16, 2001 2:47 PM
|I find the cadence helpful and entertaining also. I'm also fairly new at cycling. I find it keeps me spinning at a higher rpm. I use the Cateye Astrale. I don't see a downside to them except they cost a few bucks more and have an extra wire to hide.|
|re: Computer with or without cadence||must_pedal_harder|
Apr 16, 2001 4:04 PM
|There are no real disadvantages of having it, just a little bit more bulky depending on your unit.
I don't really like looking at what I'm spinning though, I think most people can get a good feel without having to look at their computer, and I'm not a seasoned roadie either.
There are no real disadvantages though, so if you have the option I say get it or you might be regretting it later.
|useful for new riders||DaveG|
Apr 16, 2001 4:05 PM
|Cadence can help you achieve a proper spin when you start out. Many new riders tend to spin too slowly. I found that the feature was much less useful after I got a feel for specific cadences and I no longer bother with it. However, it causes no harm to have it, other than some small additional cost and an extra wire, so if you want it, go for it.|
|useful for new riders||Ray Sachs|
Apr 17, 2001 11:23 AM
|Knowing that most new riders spin too slowly, I used to always try to spin faster than what felt natural when I was new to the sport. After about a year I got curious enough to buy a cadence unit and found out that I was spinning waaaay faster than I needed to be and my "natural" cadence was just fine. I rode with it for about a season and now trust what feels right. Definitely good to have when you're just getting a feel for it.
|re: I would get it......||WCC|
Apr 16, 2001 4:12 PM
|...I too am new at road cycling and I have a comp. with cadence function. I am already starting to get a feel for what rpm I am doing. But, I never would have known without that function in the 1st place.|
|re: Computer with or without cadence||LBS Guy|
Apr 16, 2001 4:57 PM
|I've been Cycling for quite a while now and found Cadence very effect when i first started out, It's also great to have if you have a trainer, or rollers. Cadence is worth the few extra bucks and extra wire, even now I use it when i'm doing climbing drills, or when i'm training, so yeah its deffinately worth it|
|re: Computer with or without cadence||dustin|
Apr 16, 2001 10:42 PM
|i want one of those. i'm trying to ween myself off of worrying about speed and more about a consistent cadence. you know? so i've taken off my computer and just wear a watch to see how long i can last, and to get a feel for cadence...|| |