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I have to echo on what Stinky Diaper wrote. Get a computer with more than what you use and get it wireless. I'm speaking from experince. I had an old Cateye on my Technium 450 that had the cadence feature but it was wired. My new Giant had a Cateye wireless but no cadence feature. I thought no big deal ..... boy was I wrong. I missed the cadence feature. So I upgraded and stayed with the wireless.
As far as counting your pedal strokes ... yes that would work but when you are in a race or a fast peloton are you going to want to count pedal strokes and multiply by 4 and then lose focus of where you are at? For myself when I'm riding in a group ... the last think I want to be doing is counting pedal strokes. When there is a computer that will display it for you.
As far as price .... be patient these things go on sale all of the time. Check craigslist in your area. Also check your local bike shop they may have one or know of someone who is looking to upgrade and want to sell their old one.
I already had a Garmin Forerunner 305 for running, so I got the cadence sensor for it. It also works inside on the trainer since its on the rear wheel, and the nice thing is it replaced my regular computer since the forerunner tells you everything you need to know and then some. It also has a HRM which is a nice addition for training.
I think it depends on what you want.
Here's the one I use. I actually have two of these but only one with the cadence option.
On sale for $29.99. It amazes me that you can get a sophisticated computer that tells you everything, is easy to read, has cadence, AND it's affordable.
You will find that after you use the cadence for awhile you don't need it anymore. You'll sense how fast you are pedaling. You can eliminate the need for a cadence sensor all together by counting your pedal strokes for 15 seconds and multiplying X 4.
I'm not sure which post you're referring to but to make cadence sensing work you will have to get a computer that actually accommodates cadence. The cadence sensor mounts on your chainstay (unless you have one of the 2010 Trek Madone's that come with the ANT+ sensor mount already fabbed into the chainstay) as it actually measures the revolutions of your crank. The magnetic button for cadence mounts on your crank.
The magnetic spoke sensor is a different animal - it transmits the information for your speed only - and it usually mounts on the front wheel, but isn't necessarily a rule so much as SOP and, if you get cadence, it’ll then have to mount on the rear wheel (and need to do so if you’re on a trainer, anyway).
There are several computers out there that do cadence, and each person will have a preference to his or her unit. I have used both the CatEye and the Mavic computers.
The CatEye Strada will do both - http://www.cateye.com/en/product_detail/55
But there are other CatEyes to check out if you want to really shop the line - http://www.cateye.com/en/product_listing/5
I've seen the Strada offered for as little as about $90.00, so shop around.
I am currently running the Mavic WinTech Ultimate. It offers both heart monitoring and cadence, as well as the standard lineup of features on most other units. They're normally $199.99 but I got mine on closeout from planocycling.com for $99.99. Unfortunately, they’re now sold out (no surprise) but these guys - http://www.bikesomewhere.com/bikesomewhere
.cfm/product/190/3953/26637?g=1 – have it for a pretty good price, plus free shipping.
In the end, I'd make sure that what I got now had all the bells and whistles on it, not so much for the reason of having all the bells and whistles but because a good computer is really not that expensive any longer and, as I found out, it’s beneficial to have the availability should you decide to make use of a feature that you swore you never would use.
I hope this helps.
Edited by: SWEETCYCLINHAMS at: 10/4/2009 (18:07)
It could work indoors, depending on the type you get. I posted a similar question recently, and was reminded that the sensor needs to go on the rear wheel since it is the only one moving when it's on a trainer. I just purchased one, and it looks like a lot of sensors are mounted on the rear wheel, so you shouldn't have any trouble. Good luck!
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I read the prev post on this gadget and I am going to get one. I am getting ready to bring my bike inside (winter in IA) and was wondering if this would work on a trainer? I really need to pick up my speed. I do sprint tris & my swim & run are going well but my bike time sucks. Any help on this is greatly appreciated.