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Old 10-15-06, 09:26 PM   #1
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Good bike speedometers.

Is this what you guys refer to as cadence meters? Where are good places to buy them and what are the ones to buy?
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Old 10-15-06, 09:34 PM   #2
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[ Good bike speedometers.] Is this what you guys refer to as cadence meters? Where are good places to buy them and what are the ones to buy?
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A speedometer measure the number of revolution of the wheel and calculate the actual speed of the bike. (i.e. 20 mph)

A cadence meter count how many pedal revolution you do per minute. (i.e. 100 rpm)

The cadence meter is a bit like a tachometer so have an idea at what speed you should shift. It more efficient to keep around 80-100 rpm pedal stoke with lower gear then 40-50 rpm pedal stoke with higher gear. More spinning less mashing.

Not sure which are good ones. My cheap one broke recently

EDIT: we usually refer to it as a cyclo-computer (at least that what I called it)

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Old 10-15-06, 09:42 PM   #3
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I'm using the Cateye model with wires and a cadence counter. It goes for around $40.00. Do get one with the cadence function. If you don't want the wire, add about $100.00 and up.
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Sigma Sport BC1606L is a good computer with Cadence. It sells for $25 on Amazon.
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Cateye astrale 8

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Cateye and Sigma Sport are both good cyclometers. I have one of each and they both work fine.

Your riding preference will indicate which model number is best for you. I prefer the thicker wires on the Enduro model, but have not experienced any problems yet with the smaller wires.
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my bike computer doesn't have cadence, and i wish it did, but if you don't need cadence it is a really awesome computer. it's the cateye mity 8 and it's served me well. it has a lot of functions, two trip meters, can be set up for two bikes, etc., and it's pretty tiny. probably less than $25 for it, if you get it on ebay or from a discount place online.
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Cateye astrale 8

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This is the one I have, too. Like it fine. I do miss the automatic scroll feature that was on my old one, but it didn't have automatic shut-off.
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Thinking about getting a computer as well. Any other features to look for? Are they hard to install for a newbie?
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VDO makes a good one with cadence for about $90.
Cateye, Sigma, Astrale and Specialized are all good brands as well.
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I have the echo II with cadence and wouldnt want to do without. Better to get cadence now, instead of saving a few bucks and realizing you want a new computer a week down the road.
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get a gps with a cadence with gps you dont have to calibrate wheel size
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Thinking about getting a computer as well. Any other features to look for? Are they hard to install for a newbie?
I'll put it this way, if you already know how to set the clock and calibrate the computer to your own wheel size, it's a piece of cake. The physical installation is simplicity itself; the instructions can be a challange. I did it with two computers, so you can do it. To me, it's highly useful. If you have a professional trainer, it's less so. If you do have such a trainer, have him install the computer.
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