Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

New Computer!

Old 08-01-11, 01:05 AM
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New Computer!

Well i finally got a computer. a Cateye Strada + cadence. probably the most valuable $50 i ever spent as far as training. Its also pretty interesting because i thought my cadence and speeds were lower. average cadence on flat ground is 85-95, up to 115 on downhills(regular shorts+ cell etc start flapping wildly at this point), and 65 stomping up hills out of the saddle. while i know these arent great probably, i was expecting a 65-70 on flat land. i would love to see the difference on my allez as compared to my varsity! another interesting thing is if im well fed, i push 20mph on flats, but hungry, the "same effort" yields numbers 5mph slower! also a bigger change than expected!

anyways, what do your cadence numbers look like? i wonder if i pedal too slow uphill, but my 130lbs doesnt exactly harness gravity to help push down the pedal as i would like.

the cadence updates a bit slow, but other than that, and the one hour turn off, i like this computer. in retrospect, the HRM might be great too, but oh well, it isnt free, which means its too pricey for me.

Also open to any advice whatsoever. oh, and tomorrow is my day off, so i plan to HTFU and ride! hopefully ill be able to do 50 mi tomorrow at a decent speed first bike measured half century?? im excited!

thanks for listening, and thanks even more for advice!

Edit: for those around olympia, WA, Old Town Bike on capitol way and 5th is an AMAZING store. VERY professional, always answer my noob and fredly questions, and there are 2 or 3 of them that will drop what theyre doing and help me when they see me. even though i havent spent more than $1000 there, including the bike. removed my cassette to remove the dork disk(cutting didnt work). visited every shop in the area. only one to compare is falcones, but even they fall short of old town bike. maybe it's luck, but i have yet to be disappointed by a purchase from old town bike.

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