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Computer with % grade, cadence, and good display(8 posts)

Computer with % grade, cadence, and good displayGMS
Oct 13, 2002 8:40 AM
Is there a computer that displays % grade, cadence, and speed simultaneously?

The only computer I've found that even does all three of these functions (nevermind simultaneously) is the Specialized Pro computer, but its display does not seem very good, and it looks kind of cheap.

I'm realizing that there is no way around getting 2 or 3 computers if you want to know a lot of things... The reason is that most computer that do "everything" usually skip cadence. Polar's S710 doesn't do % grade.

Since % grade requires distance and altitude to calculate, the altimeter computer must be the same computer as the cadence computer.

Then there's heart rate, which necessitates another computer. Ciclosport's HAC4 tries, but it misses cadence. Vetta is good, but its altimeter and HR computers are separate. Polar's S710 misses % grade.

What I really want is a computer that shows speed, cadence, % grade, and HR... but that is looking impossible. if I could get one that did everything except HR, I could at least get away with two computers. If I can't get that, then I don't see a way around having 3 computers, at which point I'd just give up and ride.
re: not what you asked for but...Akirasho
Oct 13, 2002 9:06 AM

OTOH, the burning in the lungs and legs should give a decent abeit inaccurate account.

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
re: Computer with % grade, cadence, and good displaydivve
Oct 13, 2002 10:02 AM

No % grade I think but pretty much everything else.
Oct 13, 2002 11:00 AM
Well, it doesn't DISPLAY the grade but it certainly gives you great data for doing it yourself. When you download you get a distance and altitude gain display that both illustrates the grade and allows you the numbers you need to do the math.

The problem with the so-called "inclinometers" is that they only show the grade passed on the length of the bike, essentially. So, that may overemphasize the steep pitch around a short curve, for example.

People always "remember" their rides in terms of the max figures that stood out in their brain. How many times have you heard folks mention their 23 mph average (because that's what they remember seeing on the cyclocomputer)? I think the inclinometer will do the same thing. Folks'll remember there 12percent curves but not understand that the climb was a 7 percent average, or whatever.

The S710 will allow you to base a grade calculation on a more reasonable distance... Just one gal's opinion.
Seems reasonable....bent_spoke
Oct 14, 2002 2:02 PM
I would image that you have download capability. Is this easy to use/operate? Any other considerations. Thanks,
re: Computer with % grade, cadence, and good displayfbg111
Oct 13, 2002 3:07 PM
Not what you asked for, but will post it anyway b/c it looks cool. Vetta V100HR: Wireless cadence & hr, good display, just missing the altimeter, but maybe you can add that Sky-mounti Inclinometer that Akirahso posted, for $28 extra. Get cadence + speed + grade + hr with one computer and an addon device.
Ciclosport 414irregardless
Oct 13, 2002 5:37 PM
cadence is a wired option, the rest is wireless. Exactly the same setup as the speedzone pro. Not a hrm, however.
re: Computer with % grade, cadence, and good displayclintb
Oct 14, 2002 7:08 AM
The HAC4 does do cadence, but you have to buy the kit separately. The kit replaces your stock handlebar mount with another that has wired cadence. Newer models of the HAC4 that are designated "plus" versions have cadence included.