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Best computer with cadence ?(27 posts)

Best computer with cadence ?Tahoe Gator
Apr 2, 2003 12:41 PM
I have a Polar S710 and am looking for a basic computer to dedicate to showing speed and cadence. The 710 does speed and can do cadence (with accessory), but i hate switching the functions while riding and would rather see all at once.

Recommendations on computer with cadence appreciated (no other fancy wizadry needed). Please note any preference for wireless or wired.

re: Best computer with cadence ?No_sprint
Apr 2, 2003 12:49 PM
Best? I don't know. I've got two Astrales. They work great. Having ridden so much with the cadence meter, it's no longer necessary for me. It was necessary for me to *learn* my own cadence. One vote for Cateye Astrale here.
another vote for astralejeff27
Apr 2, 2003 12:54 PM
nice feature is it can show cadence and speed.
rear wheel set up is nice feature if you mount
you're bike on a trainer during the winter.
i think they were on sale at nashbar the other
another vote for astraletoronto-rider
Apr 2, 2003 1:04 PM
Cheap, easy to use and set up.
yet another vote for astrale (nm)velocity
Apr 2, 2003 1:27 PM
re: Best computer with cadence ?No_sprint
Apr 2, 2003 12:57 PM
I've got an extra head unit if you'd like. No wire kit. I think you can get the mount and wire kit from cateye for $15.99. I'll sell the head unit for $10 shipped, if you're in the U.S. If interested email me at If not, no worries.
Cateye Astralefracisco
Apr 2, 2003 1:01 PM
Cheap and it works. There is a lot of wiring, as the speed sensor and the cadence sensor are both on the back of the bike, so it is not the cleanest-looking setup, but it works.

I had a problem mounting the sensors on the fat chainstays of my Cannondale, so I pretty much had to use electrical tape to get them to stay where I wanted.
Haven't used it yet,but installed a Vetta V100 w/wireless cad.nmjtferraro
Apr 2, 2003 1:04 PM
Haven't used it yet,but installed a Vetta V100 w/wireless cadalwaysbored
Apr 2, 2003 1:32 PM
I have the Vetta V100 wireless with HR and cadence on my bikes for a while. Just love it. Set up is easy. I bought it from an internet vendor with a very reasonable price. Can't remember the web address. Will post it when I find it.
Haven't used it yet,but installed a Vetta V100 w/wireless cad.nmdavtnyc
Apr 2, 2003 2:58 PM
is the cadence set up wireless?

if not how much wiring is involved?
yup, wireless cadence, too! (nm)jtferraro
Apr 2, 2003 5:58 PM
What about flight deck? I am in the market also. nmditchbanger
Apr 2, 2003 1:29 PM
I installed a flight deck last weekContinental
Apr 3, 2003 8:32 AM
I like the features, but I frequently hit the buttons on the brake levers when I don't want to. I haven't decided if I like it. I got it new on Ebay for $48 including harness. LBS wanted $103.
re: Best computer with cadence ?rwebb
Apr 2, 2003 1:30 PM
I have a Performance Axiom 801C. The only model I have owned so I can't compare to Cateye, etc., but it works well for me....and at a good price :-)
cateye astrale has been good to meridingthegyro
Apr 2, 2003 1:50 PM
but the current model may be phasing out; the new astrale may or may not be as good
cateye astrale has been good to metoomanybikes
Apr 2, 2003 2:02 PM
New model has bigger head unit, etc. I have used the Astrale for years and it's very reliable.

The current Astrale is on sale at many locations because of the new unit coming out so very cheap.

I just bought a new one to have on the shelf - Cdn $39.

That's cheap.
Did anyone say the cateye astrale yet?! (nm)Rich_Racer
Apr 2, 2003 2:03 PM
where in Canada...Frith
Apr 2, 2003 2:43 PM
can I find one of these for $39?
nevermind MEC $38 (nm)Frith
Apr 2, 2003 3:21 PM
MEC out of stock on Astrale lately, but keep trying! Best Deal!Spunout
Apr 2, 2003 5:26 PM
where in Canada...toomanybikes
Apr 2, 2003 7:45 PM
Gerick Cycle in Kelowna
Just bought an astrale from performance for $20weekendrider
Apr 2, 2003 2:38 PM
It was on sale for $25, also used a 20% off coupon
Also the flightdeck!Rich_Racer
Apr 2, 2003 3:09 PM
Shimano Flightdeck does what you ask but calculates the cadence from speed and gear rather than measuring it directly as with the Cateye Astrale. Has a lot less wiring than the astrale but is obviously more expensive as it does a few other thngs as well.

I have both of these - I like both.


Rich. has it for $18 w/msge coderidingthegyro
Apr 3, 2003 4:42 AM
I use Vetta RT77tremblay
Apr 2, 2003 5:23 PM
I use the Vetta RT77.

It does everything the Cateye Astrale does, and a little more.

I like it. I think it works great.
flite deck?tarwheel
Apr 3, 2003 6:14 AM
Shimano Flite Deck deck has virtual cadence and other nice features like a gear indicator. You have to have the FD-compatible Shimano shifters, though. Personally, I prefer wireless computers after using a FD for a while. I've since replaced my FD with a Performance Axiom wireless, which does not have cadence but all the functions I need and only costs $30. I would rather do without cadence than have all sorts of wires hanging all over my bike. Once you use a cadence computer for a while you can estimate your cadence pretty closely anyway.

I've got a Flite Deck 6501 model (the one for two button shifters) that I would sell for $20 plus shipping, if anyone is interested. Includes the manual and two sensor units (which would have to be taped to forks because Shimano uses non-replaceable zip ties). Send me an email if interested --
flite deck?52-16SS
Apr 3, 2003 6:33 AM
I've had not problem reusing the zip tie that came with my FD (wireless) just push a small flatheaded screwdriver in under the locking mech and it will release.