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FitzM 05-15-10 07:32 AM

Cadence sensor
 
I've been using my Garmin 305 Edge since last summer but I've never fitted the Cadence device that came with it.

Should I add it and what are the benefits?

FlashBazbo 05-15-10 08:26 AM

Yes. It is easy. And . . . you'll know your cadence.

If you do any training on your bike, several types of workouts require you to know your cadence. Also, most cyclists have a cadence "zone" within which they have better speed and endurance. A cadence monitor helps you know if you're within your zone.

Homebrew01 05-15-10 08:29 AM


Originally Posted by FitzM (Post 10814960)
I've been using my Garmin 305 Edge since last summer but I've never fitted the Cadence device that came with it.

Should I add it and what are the benefits?

None that I know of.

Noobs may benefit to help train them to a good cadence, but you can do that easily enough by counting every once in a while.

wacomme 05-15-10 09:00 AM

Cadence is much more than a noob tool.

ptle 05-15-10 10:55 AM

I really like my cadence sensor. I usually keep that on along with the speed. When I'm tired I may not notice that my cadence is dropping or is going to high. So having it on my computer helps me remember. It also helps while doing cadence related drills.

EKCooper 05-15-10 11:04 AM


Originally Posted by ptle (Post 10815566)
I really like my cadence sensor. I usually keep that on along with the speed. When I'm tired I may not notice that my cadence is dropping or is going to high. So having it on my computer helps me remember. It also helps while doing cadence related drills.

Bingo! I agree completely. I have it on my new bike and am happy to have it. I'll look down, see my cadence dropping and think, pedal!

SteveV 05-15-10 11:17 AM

Everyone has their own style of riding, but for me, the ONLY thing that matters is cadence. If it's not between 88 and 92, then I need to shift. Then again, I'm just a recreational rider that rides for fitness sake and enjoyment, so those of you who race, etc. will have different opinions. Also it should be noted that if you are constantly grinding along at a cadence of 70 or so, you stand a better chance of damaging your knees. Spinning at a higher cadence is better from a cardiovascular standpoint and much easier on your knees. Many people who grind along at lower cadences end up with chondromalacia- I know, I was one of them 20 years ago. (And obviously the 88-92 range does not refer to climbing.)


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