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    Cadence Sensor on Mountain Bike?

    How many of you out there ride with a Cadence sensor on your mt bike and for riding the trails. I have an extra Garmin Cadence sensor and i am thinking of putting it on my mt bike, just wondering what experiences anyone has had with a cadence sensor mt biking and if rocks or anything torn it off?
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    I used to when I first started riding. I like getting those kinds of details. In comparison with Road riding, the cadence is not that big an issue on a Mountain Bike. Your cadence varies on climbs, short blasts, long downhills. If you are doing fire or power line roads and XC trails, a cadence sensors gives good feedback on busy you stayed.

    I never had one bounce loose or get torn off. Zip ties are my very good friends. Always carry a few with you.
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    I've lost a sensor from my road bike when I kicked it. I have no idea why my heel was out of position, but it was and it got smacked on a busy road, in the left turn lane. Didn't go back for it.

    I could see that happening easily on MTB, but more to Daspyder's point... I don't care to see cadence on a MTB. I do use a HR strap and review that after the ride to see how bad I was suffering, using endomondo, but I don't look at any numbers of any kind while riding trails.

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    Icarus makes a magnet-based Cadence sensor that fixes inside the rear of your crank spindle opening. The magnet is so strong - the only way to lose it....is to pop it out, with a flat jeweler's screwdriver:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32 View Post
    How many of you out there ride with a Cadence sensor on your mt bike and for riding the trails. I have an extra Garmin Cadence sensor and i am thinking of putting it on my mt bike, just wondering what experiences anyone has had with a cadence sensor mt biking and if rocks or anything torn it off?
    thanks
    feedback be amazing
    thanks
    Don't do it. Mountain bikers tend to spin naturally on the trail due to the nature of riding single track. This is why mountain bikes utilized more gears in the past, and have lower gear ratios with the doubles. Roadies spend allot of cash on gimicky technology like q rings and do lame training techniques like 'isolated leg training' trying to 'smooth out the pedal stroke'. This is something that comes naturally to us. You can try it yourself next time you are out there- try to make a climb in too hard of a gear and see what happens.
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