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Should I get cadence on my new computer?(10 posts)

Should I get cadence on my new computer?boyd2
Aug 14, 2003 6:43 AM
My old computer + HRM just gave up recently and I am about to buy a replacement. I don't think that I will get another HRM. While I used it for several years (on the MTB) I now only use it occasionally and that function actually still works on my old computer.

The question is should I get a cadence function on the new computer? I am basically a recreational rider, although I am interested in improving my road performance. I do not race other then a sprint tri's every now and then. So what are some opinions from the group? Will knowing and understanding my cadence be worth the trouble for a guy like me? Anyone have a recommendation for a computer?
for me it helpsandy02
Aug 14, 2003 6:50 AM
I really like having a cadence function. My spin has gotten a lot faster this year and smoother with a few drills and rollers. On hills I try to stay above 100 and less then 120 which has made climbing faster and more fun. I would like to get the flight deck but right now I am using the 8.0C axiom from performance.
I'll second the Axiom 8.0C and...DERICK
Aug 14, 2003 10:35 AM
Performance has it on sale for $24.99 right now. I've been using it for years and really like it. It's waterproof and very easy to use. I also have the 8.0 without cadence on my mountain bike and it has held up through a lot of abuse.
At that price it's worth a try. Even if you don't use the cadence feature you still have a good computer for the price.
Check it out here http://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.cfm?SKU=4024
re: Should I get cadence on my new computer?Spyky
Aug 14, 2003 7:00 AM
It's kind of neat to ride a bike with cadence for a while. But after a few months of riding I found that I could *always* very accurately guess my cadence without looking at the computer. It is much easier to get a feel for you cadence then something like, say, your heart rate or power output. So I'd say, it's nice to have for a while, but it does get a bit redundant after all.

I suppose if I'm ever rich enough to own a secondary bike, I'd probably keep cadence on that one, and just speedo + HR on the other.

Just my 2 cents.

-Spyky
I found it really helpful as a training tool but....joekm
Aug 14, 2003 7:12 AM
I've recently upgraded to our local bike clubs "A" riders.

When I made my last attempt to go out with them, I had my computer set on cadence like I usually do. As the ride started to pick up, I made a decision to go based on feedback at the crank instead of montoring the cadence meter. I think that helped but I also think that I needed to run the cadence meter for a while so I could get a good idea of what a proper cadence/gear felt like.

If I'm trying to set a personal best time, I'll still run the cadence meter.
re: Should I get cadence on my new computer?bimini
Aug 14, 2003 8:01 AM
If you want to improve your spin I would get it. I started racing this year and am older, taller, heavier rider. I need to (have to) spin up the hills to hang on. I know I am most effiecient if I hold 90-100 RPM and peak up to 120+ on the tough spots. I find the cadence unit useful during training ride. I find that my cadence drops a bit when I go into the wind or up slight hills or if I am day dreaming. It tells me to drop a gear to keep my cadence where it should be.

During a race I never look at my computer. I stay aware of the the other riders and my legs.

Again, If your goal is to improve your spin it is worth the extra few bucks to get the cadence feature.
re: Should I get cadence on my new computer?maximum15
Aug 14, 2003 9:00 AM
I have one bike with, one without. I am going to upgrade the bike without and add cadence. Yes, I have a good idea of my cadence without the display, but I really like knowing cadence. I use the feature to practice my spinning. I recommend getting cadence.
I think soChen2
Aug 14, 2003 9:06 AM
I've had cadence on every bike since 1995. I still use it on everyride. I found out early that it helped me learn the value of spinning 85 - 105. I think it really pays off when fighting a headwind. I find that cadence is really helpful when I become really tired on a long ride. Like when I know there is something wrong but can't figure it out because my brain is fried. That's when I instinctively check my cadence to make sure I'm turning at least 85rpm. It helps me finish the ride.
I've always used Cateye Astrale computers.
~Al
Yes, by all means. [nm]latinist
Aug 14, 2003 10:40 AM
Intel or Mac? (nm)JL
Aug 14, 2003 11:32 AM