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Cyclocomputers and Cadence(4 posts)

Cyclocomputers and CadenceLAK
Jul 16, 2001 1:06 PM
Cyclocomputer- With or without Cadence??

How does cadence help? and should i spend the money on it?
CadenceDCP
Jul 16, 2001 1:37 PM
This is an item which is more useful for an inexperienced cyclist, but the more experienced cyclists seem divided on its usefulness.

Spins between 90 - 100 rpm on the flats are supposed to be the most efficient. Therefore, you can use the computer to stay in that area and to decide when to shift if you are struggling or spinning faster where a higher gear might be better.

I like having it, but its not like you can't estimate your rpm without it.
re: Cyclocomputers and CadenceLC
Jul 16, 2001 1:48 PM
I like it because your perception of cadence seems to change as you tire on a long hard ride. It also works as a excellent tool if you begin doing target cadence training. Some days you spin 100-120 rpm for speed and some days at 40-60 for strength. I have heard that Chris Carmichael has Lance Armstrong on a program something like this.
re: Cyclocomputers and CadenceMrCelloBoy
Jul 16, 2001 2:08 PM
I ride a tandem quite a bit with my sweetie. She has a decidedly slower cadence "comfort range" than I do. She's a hammer at slower RPM's but loses power as I start spinning. The cadence feature helps me gauge my shifts so I don't lose her.
I agree that a seasoned cyclist can pretty well gauge when and when not to shift. For the same token, cadence is used often as a reference point in some training programs, so even for the seasoned it can be a useful tool.