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$20 Cateye Astrale or $30 Supergo HRM for new roadie?(6 posts)

$20 Cateye Astrale or $30 Supergo HRM for new roadie?WingWing
Oct 18, 2002 12:43 PM
Hi, I am new to road biking, and would like to do some fitness training.
Cateye Astrale from Performance gives me cadence function, while Supergo HRM gives me heart rate function. Which one is more important to me as a new roadie? Which one is a better deal?
Thanks for your input
re: $20 Cateye Astrale or $30 Supergo HRM for new roadie?GMS
Oct 18, 2002 12:56 PM
I think cadence is more important for somebody brand new. Most people pedal 60 RPM when they start. Seeing your RPM instanteously and experimenting can result in rapid improvement, and allow you to quickly narrow in on your optimum RPM, which is almost always higher than 60 (80-100).

Heart rate is nice to motivate yourself and give yourself a good workout. When I started, anything was a good workout. Now I can average a very satisfying speed without even trying, so I need some sort of motivation or metric to make sure that I work out hard enough, if that is my goal. Heart rate can be that metric for some people.

I think honing in on your optimum cadence will make you a better cyclist initially, and heart rate information will help you athletically in a more general sense.

Having both in front of you is always helpful, but money doesn't grow on trees.

Maybe someone knows a good link to one that does both for under 50 bucks. I'll post one if I find it.
Both together cost less than a top line water bottle cage. (nm)Spoke Wrench
Oct 18, 2002 1:15 PM
Fifty bucks for a water bottle cage!???? Too rich for me. NMSpunout
Oct 18, 2002 1:35 PM
Start with the cyclocomputer ...Humma Hah
Oct 18, 2002 2:48 PM
... you'll get more use out of it. The HRM can be a useful training aid, which you may want to use occasionally for things like interval training or establishing how hard to push for TT racing or hill climbing, but you probably won't use it as much as the cyclocomputer.

It is possible to buy one device that does both, but I personally have other functions I'd rather have on a higher-priced cyclocomputer (mainly an altimeter, on the Cat's Eye AT-100).
re: $20 Cateye Astrale or $30 Supergo HRM for new roadie?moabbiker
Oct 18, 2002 6:30 PM
Start with the 'puter. You can't even begin to train if you don't optimize your pedal cadence.