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Computer with or without cadence(9 posts)

Computer with or without cadencebassclef
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 ridersDCP
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 cadenceSteve 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 cadencemust_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 ridersDaveG
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 ridersRay 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 cadenceLBS 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 cadencedustin
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...