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Old 05-21-16, 02:28 PM
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Got my new Cateye CC-RD430 wireless (speed, cadence, heart rate) installed and synced, and also synced my wife's same to the speed/cadence sensor. It works! Now we can both watch our speed and cadence, and our own heart rates from our own sensors, plus the wife can move the computer back to her single bike and sync with her sensor. Cateye said it wouldn't work but you guys were right that it would! The heart rate seems a bit finicky, I think placement of the strap must have to be just right.

Thought I would update here, and say thanks!
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Old 05-21-16, 03:14 PM
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I'm glad it worked.

On the hart rate try a little water on the sensor. Iv,e found if I don't make it moist it won't work real good until I start sweating.
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Old 01-21-18, 04:12 PM
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Computer install for captain

I see lots of info about dual computers, but we need information about installing a computer for the captain. I purchased a Cateye wireless on their recommendation, but can't find anything about how to install it. Everything we see is for a single and there has to be something for us somewhere! Please help?
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Old 01-21-18, 11:13 PM
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Which CatEye do you have? If it's one of their Digital 2.4 GHz computers it should work no problem. If it's their standard wireless with a front wheel sensor it should also work with no problem.

If it's their standard wireless with a rear wheel sensor I don't think it will work. The range is too short. Iv'e never known anyone to get one to work yet.
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Old 01-22-18, 02:41 AM
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just get a garmin. They work (most of the time)
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Old 01-22-18, 07:47 AM
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Most computers and sensors that runs the ANT+ protocol should work for tandem distances. I think my stoker has a Bontrager unit and I use a Garmin 800 in the front feeding from the same Bontrager speed sensor on the rear chain stay.

I tried many different sensor/computer combination over the years before switching to ANT+-based sensors.
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Old 01-22-18, 03:31 PM
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I've used CatEye for nearly 20 years now, first a wired Enduro on my MTB, then once I got a road bike I went very rapidly from the Enduro to the Strada Wireless to the Strada Smart (Bluetooth). The CateEye Bluetooth sensor is a single cadence/speed sensor which lends itself to the stoker position on the tandem, but not the captain. What I ended up doing with the tandem is getting a CatEye Padrone Smart and a Wahoo speed/cadence set. The Padrone goes on the stoker's bars and is paired with the Cateye speed/cadence sensor. The Strada Smart goes on the captain's bar and is paired to the Wahoo (cadence sensor stuck on the captain's left crank, speed sensor can be strapped to the front hub* ). Had to be careful with the cadence sensor as it could interfere with the timing belt unless placed very carefully.

Not everyone likes the CatEye computers, part of that is due to the fact that the Strada Smart/Padrone Smart pair with your smartphone and the computer itself is just a little dashboard. Another reason people seem to not like them is due to either issues pairing the computer to the phone or the Cycling app that you must use with the computer. I really have no complaints. I have about $250 invested in 2 computers and 2 sets of Bluetooth sensors for our tandem.

The Garmins are self-contained, bulletproof, and expensive.

*I don't use the speed sensor since my phone's GPS provides the speed info to the computer.
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Old 02-10-18, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by mibike View Post
Which CatEye do you have? If it's one of their Digital 2.4 GHz computers it should work no problem. If it's their standard wireless with a front wheel sensor it should also work with no problem.

If it's their standard wireless with a rear wheel sensor I don't think it will work. The range is too short. Iv'e never known anyone to get one to work yet.
I bought the Strada CC-RD410DW and yes it has a rear wheel sensor. I don't know why they would recommend this as I explained that I wanted it for the captain.
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Old 02-10-18, 03:49 PM
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My oh my.

All these ANT's, and protocols, and them there giga-hertzes. With Blue-teeth sync-ing around on the sidelines, disreputably.

I just took 2 Cateye wired units (on the Cannondale tandem), and 2 "Mach-Mate" (purchased for $3 each I think out of a bushel basket at a clearance sale) on the Bilenky. Spliced the wires together so they read off a single sensor and thus read identically.

Always work, all the time. Everybody's happy. But then, I am a simple man.

That is all.
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Old 02-10-18, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by melmeske View Post
I bought the Strada CC-RD410DW and yes it has a rear wheel sensor. I don't know why they would recommend this as I explained that I wanted it for the captain.
If that is the computer you have it should work. Have you checked to see that the computer they sent you is a CC-RD410DW? Not all Strada wireless computers are Digital 2.4 GHz. If they sent you a different modal Strada that's not Digital 2.4 GHz it won't work. If that's the one you have I would exchange it.

I use Cateye Digital 2.4 GHz computers not only on my tandems but also on my triplet. I've never had a problem reading the rear sensor even on the triplet. I run 2 (3 on the triplet) computers off 1 sensor.
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