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Cadence - HOW DO I MEASURE IT?(7 posts)

Cadence - HOW DO I MEASURE IT?mikeg
Jul 25, 2001 4:31 AM
Okay - it seems that cadence is import as hell to measure. You guys/gals are always talking about increasing it..decreasing it and etc. I know it is good to know when you are in a good gear or not. I have also heard that people know what their cadence by "feel" after they are experienced. I am not that experienced and want to do some workouts that talk bout cadence a lot. What is the best way to measure it? I know some cyclometers have a cadence option. Cateye has one that is cheap. What do you guys/gals use? I already have a great cyclometer (Polar ProTrainer XT).

Two ways.........Len J
Jul 25, 2001 5:23 AM
1.)Cadence on computer. Cateye Astral is pretty cheap Downside is wires run on downtube to rear. Flight deck gives virtual cadence which reduces wire clutter.

2.)Use watch. Count # of revolutions in 6 seconds & multiply by 10. Downside is you have to think about it & it isn't as reinforcing as realtime computer.

After a while, you will be able to tell your cadence without a computer. In the beginning you will probably be at a slower actual cadence than you think.
I monitor my cadence as often as I do my Heart rate.Canidraftyou
Jul 25, 2001 9:08 AM
Cadence is so important I think. I use my cadence as much as my Heart Monitor. Any hill under 8% should be climbed at 60 rpms in my book any less is not exceptible. On flats, my cadence range from 80 rpms to 100 rpms. You need to find what works for you. I use the Avocet 45 TT and works great for me, what ever brand works for you.

Peace out
Higher than 100?PSUbikerBen
Jul 27, 2001 5:21 AM
I was out yesterday and turned over a couple miles between 110 and 120 rpm to see how it felt. Is there any point in doing this? If felt good to loosen up and get a quick turnover but I'm not sure it helped the over all speed or acceleration.
Echo(well)F2 or J12Spox
Jul 27, 2001 2:04 AM
is very good option (if you use Campagnolo parts). Cadense, avg cadense (yes, really),speed,max speed, avg speeg, total and trip distance, klock. Very good feature is distance or time countdown; choose time or distanse you'd like to do and - go! > when chosen time or distanse is done it blinks and records max speed, avg speed, time or distance and avg cadence and saves it(no need to push any buttons when hectic swing is going on). Very cheap compared S or C computers.

I also have S-Flight Deck in other bike; virtual cadence is nice, because there is only one cabel to front fork, but I hate to change 'sprocket chart' every time I change rear wheel with different sprockets (pretty often).
re: Cadence - HOW DO I MEASURE IT?LinuxDude
Jul 27, 2001 10:15 PM
Here is another vote for Echowell 12 function computer. I love it. Looks and feels solid and has all the functions you could dream of.
re: Cadence - HOW DO I MEASURE IT?TrackRacer
Aug 15, 2001 11:31 AM
I am mainly concerned with maximum cadence, and I think you should be too. Improving the speed at which you are able to spin smoothly will make you faster in any gear. It will also enable you to do most of your work with your cardiovascular system rather than your leg muscles. Just ask Lance.

There are several ways to improve your max cadence. Rollers, ride a fixie (or better yet race @ your local track!), and small ring sprints. As part of my road rides I always do several all out sprints in a small gear (say 39 x 18 or 39 x 21). You can then calculate your max cadence from your speed and gearing. See