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New to all this - how do you guys count your cadence?(16 posts)

New to all this - how do you guys count your cadence?Tom Collins
Nov 7, 2001 7:11 PM
I really can't get a good sense of what my pedaling cadence is while I'm riding. Should I just not care? Or is there an easier way of doing it without frantically counting to ~110 in a minute?

re: New to all this - how do you guys count your cadence?Atombomber
Nov 7, 2001 7:18 PM
Counting for 15 seconds and then multiplying by 4 gets the result quicker if you're good at math. If math isn't your strong suit, count for a 2 minute span and multiply by .5.

If it really is a concern, then you might want to invest in one of the many cyclo-computers which have a cadence feature. Unless you are concerned by being out 1 or 2 rpm, it is quite easy to determine if you are spinning or grinding.
re: New to all this - how do you guys count your cadence?I Love Shimano
Nov 7, 2001 8:59 PM
Screw counting and just get an Astrale
re: New to all this - how do you guys count your cadence?mja
Nov 8, 2001 4:44 AM
Note your speed and gear, and knowing your wheel circumference, you can calculate your cadence. Of course you'll need a calculator -- and a free hand -- on your bike.

But, seriously, this could be done post-ride at home to check your cadence, just not real-time.
Count for 30 sec only and multiply by 2 ;) . nmnn23
Nov 7, 2001 7:19 PM
Or count for 10 seconds, then multiply by 6. (nm)Allen az
Nov 7, 2001 8:15 PM
Or count for 6 seconds, then multiply by 10. (nm)diggler
Nov 8, 2001 5:53 AM
OK, I'm gonna count for 41sec and multiply by 1.4634.....Tom Collins
Nov 7, 2001 8:22 PM
Thanks all. I guess it was a slightly dumb question. I guess I was looking to see if there was a candence-generating cyclocomputer out there. I'll try to find one of those. Remember i'm new to this thing!


i'm on my bike 6hrs a day busting my ass! what are you on?
ah, yeahfiltersweep
Nov 7, 2001 9:59 PM
...there are a bunch of computers that do cadence- most of the "wireless" ones have wires for the cadence function-FYI unless you spend more loot
The cheapest way.vanzutas
Nov 8, 2001 7:23 AM
The way I do cadence is with a $9 cyclocomputer from nashbar.

I put the sensor on the chainstay and the magnet on the crank. for your wheel size there is a number that will give one tenth of the cadence. (I could tell you the number if you are interested). the computer will give you a number in Kilometers per hour but it is really your cadence. it is cheap and not impossible.

Count bottom stroke for 15 seconds and multiply by 4 (nm)Dave Hickey
Nov 8, 2001 3:35 AM
Cateye Astrale nmMarkb
Nov 8, 2001 4:06 AM
re: New to all this - how do you guys count your cadence?McAndrus
Nov 8, 2001 6:36 AM
Try They have several computers, from the low-end to the high-end and many models with cadence. I use the Axiom 8C which has cadence and it works well.
Computer with cadence meter (Cateye Astrale). Also....Chen2
Nov 8, 2001 7:04 AM
Hint of the day: Glue a small round magnet to the inside end of the left pedal spindle and align it with the cadence sensor. This eliminates a need for strapping a magnet to the crank arm which collects dirt and water and will corrode the crank arm.
Great. Thanks for all your replies! NMTom Collins
Nov 8, 2001 8:13 AM
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-.......(nm)Rusty McNasty
Nov 8, 2001 12:02 PM