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Cateye V2c

Old 11-21-13, 02:16 PM
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Cateye V2c

I know this should probably go in the electronics section, but I spend all my time in here so here goes. Ever since this summer when I learned the difference between mashing and spinning I have wanted to get a cadence meter. I have been wanting to get a Garmin so I could use it for strava also, but just haven't been able to put the funds together for it yet. Anyway I caught the Cayeye V2c on sale on Nashbar the other day and decided to get it. Here is my mini review.

The unit itself is small and light weight, about the size of a box of matches and comes with an easy to use mount that allows for either stem or handle bar mounting. It is a wireless unit that measures speed, cadence, average and max of both, as well as time, distance and overall time and distance. Some reviews that I read said the display was small and hard to read but I did not have that problem, the speed readout numbers are approximately 1/2 inch tall with the cadence numbers just slightly smaller around 3/8 inch. The only display I could see someone having problems with is the very bottom display which is switchable between time, distance, date and overall time or distance. Still I had no problem reading all three readouts at a quick glance while riding. Installation was easy and straight forward, but initial setup was a little award and the setup section of the manual leaves a lot to be desired. However I was able to get everything setup by reading through the whole manual which was a bit of a pain. Now to the important part, how does it work? Well I only have one short ride on it so far but it seems to be very accurate when compared to my phone running Strava. Here is how the data compares.

Distance:
Cateye 7.38 miles
Strava 7.4

Average speed
Cateye 16.3 MPH
Strava 16.4

Max speed
Cateye 32.2 MPH
Strava 32.2

Overall I am very pleased with it, and found that I have been working at a good cadence. I stayed in the 80-90 RPM range most of the time, but do need to work on maintaining my cadence on some of the steeper sections of my ride. I think it will be a good to for me to use to help me get better. I still plan on getting a Garmin for the GPS and heart rate features, but this unit will always have a place on one of my bikes as long as it lives.
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I got one of these a year ago and it works fine. the main reason that I got it was to use with my bike on a trainer. I normally use my phone's gps for riding outdoors, if I use one at all.
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