I have a question about bike computers. My inexpensive computer (Bell wireless, ~$20) died recently after 4 years, and I'm looking to replace it.
I've done some research, and the one question I have is, why should I choose a more expensive computer over another Bell, for me? Meaning that I understand why others would want a more full-featured model. But I'm not sure I need it. So I'm asking what will I get for the extra.
First, a bit about me: I started riding 4 years ago when I bought a cheap big-box store mountain bike to ride with my daughter. Turns out, I decided that I liked riding! Soon, though, my cheap bike started showing it's flaws: it got to the point where I either had to pour money into it to fix stuff, or get a 'real' bike - so I bought a Kona Dew hybrid. Riding a road bike is hard on my back, but the hybridis a nice compromise - much lighter than my first bike, with smoother tires and a good riding position for me. I also ride paths a lot, as opposed to the road, but I find that I'm out on the rode more and more.
My rides are also not terribly long. The longest I've ridden is 40 miles. Normally they are between 20 and 30 miles. According to Strada on my phone, my pace is usually between 13 and 14 MPH.
So I'm not a 'serious' biker, although I've improved over the years. I enjoy it, and I'm trying to get better - but I also don't have the time to really GET serious. I'm also not the kind of person to really spend a LOT of money on things unless I really need to. Which brings me back to the computer. My old Bell was ok; there was interference from an outside source a handful times. And I had to replace the battery once. Up until it stopped working, I didn't have any issues with it.
I think I'd like to stay wireless; I've heard a couple issues with the wires breaking easily when putting a bike in a car, for example. I will be doing that for sure.
In looking online, I see several choices. The ones that catch my eye are the Sigma 1609 STS w/ Cadence, and the Sigma 16.12 with Cadence. But I'm not sure if I need cadence. I saw a post on here where the advice is 'if your legs are limiting you, your cadence is too low. If your breathing is limiting you, your cadence is too high'. If I follow that advice, it might appear that I don't need cadence. what's the best reason to choose to get cadence? And if I don't need cadence, then what does a Sigma or Cateye get me over the Bell, for at least twice the price?
For those of you that love your Garmins, I get it: I like technology too. But, knowing me, there's no way I'm going to by a bike computer that costs almost as much as (if not more than) my bike! :-)
So, what does a Sigma or Cateye get me over something like the Bell?
Thanks in advance!