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Virtual cadence 'puter besides Flight Deck????(4 posts)

Virtual cadence 'puter besides Flight Deck????coonass
Aug 7, 2002 3:40 PM
Does anyone make another computer (other than Flight Deck, which I have on one bike and is great) that will display virtual cadence?? I have a Record10 group, but my LBS won't even sell the Ergo10, because they had nothing but returns & trouble with virtually everyone they sold one to. (The LBS is 10-star rated, out of 5 and their opinion is respected by every biker in the area) Their opinion is that the Ergo10 is 5-star junk....I prefer the 'virtual' cadence vs. having wiring run all over the frame, and getting me on a trainer is impossible...I prefer to just ride on Sundays during the Winter. (Yes, I previously asked if the magnet would work w/Speedplays, but today's telephone conversation changed all of that)
Why do you need cadence (no flame intended, but...)?cory
Aug 8, 2002 7:25 AM
Of all the stuff you can cram into a computer, cadence seems to me the least useful. Anybody who's been riding for any length of time can tell how fast his or her legs are going around.
Aug 8, 2002 9:55 AM
I've been riding for a lot of years, and I can certainly tell how fast my legs FEEL like they're going around, but watching my cadence does a lot more for my average speed than watching my speed ever did. Plus it helps me to maintain my energy on longer rides. Perhaps for flat rides, it's not that important, but for some of us who ride varied terrain, cadence is much more important than miles per hour.

Oh, and if I know my cadence, I can guess my speed pretty accurately based on what gear I'm in!
Aug 8, 2002 10:09 AM
Sorry I can't help you on info about virtual cadence on other computers, but I'd chime in that cadence is by far the most viewed info on my computer. Yeah, I've been riding for years but I too find it hard to just "tell" how fast my legs are going. It depends on how recently I've been on my mountain bike, how tired I am, what the terrain is like... I buy into the idea that entire rides should be spent spinning my ass off, and others where I need to bring the cadence down and "crank for strength". I even use in races to key shift changes when I'm too fatigue to notice that I'm laboring in too big a gear. Cadence functions rule!