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Best Computer to measure cadence?(11 posts)

Best Computer to measure cadence?GixxerRick
Sep 10, 2003 12:29 PM
I want to work on my cadance during this off-season, but i was wondering which is the best computer for the bike to measure so, which is the most accurate? What do you guys suggust??
re: Best Computer to measure cadence?Caseysdad
Sep 10, 2003 12:40 PM
I don't have any other units to compare it against, but I've got a Cateye Astrale 8 and have been very pleased with its cadence feature so far. It appears to measure/calculate my cadence in fairly short increments, as the readout drops to zero almost immediately when I stop pedaling. Good readout, relatively convenient interface, sturdy (so far) and not as difficult to mount and set up as many have claimed. I'd give it at least a 4 1/2 out of 5.
2nd the Astrale 8 - big timehrv
Sep 10, 2003 12:52 PM
I recently got mine and posted how I knocked it off its mount by mistake and cracked the casing. Apparently a fluke unit; I contacted Cateye and they said send it back for a new one - no questions asked. That's what I'm talkin' about!

I really like how you can choose between having the cadence or speed be the main display. A great unit.

3rdDrone 5200
Sep 10, 2003 1:02 PM
mine works great. I thought it was easy to install with simple documentation. And it's very affordable compared to some of the others on the market.
Yep, Cateye Astrale. (nm)Chen2
Sep 10, 2003 1:16 PM
shimano is cool, but might not work for you.sievers11
Sep 10, 2003 1:01 PM
I really like the shimano flitedeck. It knows what gear you are in and your speed, from that it can tell your cadence. Not all the messy wires and extra magnets.

Will it work in the off season, are you going to be using a trainer or well have campy not shimano? Of course you need shimano compatible levers to get the gear. But also the front wheel needs to be spinning.
So unless you are training on rollers, this won't work

Cat eye makes some good ones that don't cost a whole lot, sigma has a nice one in the 1600 (option cadence kit). I would suggest the polar stuff, they are really really cool, expensive, but all of the data is right there from heart to speed to cadence.

But the cheapest Cateye might be the best for your because they have a long cadence and speed sensor for the rear, so they work nice with rear wheel trainers. Not that speed is exactly important on the trainer, but fun none the less to know aprox distance and speed, use to gage next work out.
axiom 8.0C from performanceandy02
Sep 10, 2003 4:41 PM
The 8C works really well and is CHEAP! Both my wife and I have them on our bikes. But I will put a flight deck on my 04 5900 in the spring It is nice to be able to look down and know if you can pedal that fast or if you need a bigger gear
Hard to beat the Astrale.jtolleson
Sep 10, 2003 5:38 PM
Rock solid reliable, still sells for about $40, takes a licking and keeps on ticking, etc. etc. etc.

A bargain at twice the price. In the world of $60 tires, it is hard to believe that there is something so important that is still so reasonably priced.
Hard to beat the Astrale.al0
Sep 11, 2003 9:58 AM
Sigma Sport BC-1400 or BC-1600 with cadence option costs around 27EUR (30USD) and are as good as Astrale.
re: Best Computer to measure cadence?GixxerRick
Sep 11, 2003 11:36 AM
Thank you guys for all the awesome feedback, looks like im going to be ordering the Cateye Astrale 8 very soon...
re: Best Computer to measure cadence?BaadDawg
Sep 11, 2003 2:09 PM
If you are using it on a trainer you need a computer that you can mount the main sensor (not the cadence sensor)on the rear wheel if you want any speed or distance info. If you get a model with virtual cadence and no pedal sensor (less wires) then you have to have a rear wheel mounted sensor.

I use cadence all the time on my trainer.