PullMonkey Blog

19 Sep

Getting pretty serious now

It has only been a few weeks of riding to and from work and I am obsessed.  I bought the Cateye v3.  It's a cyclocomputer that measures pretty much everything.  It measures the current, max and average for cadence (crank revolutions), speed, and heart rate.  Not to mention distance, time, and calories.  It took about 5 minutes to setup and getting everything securely fastened and operational.

So far it seems to work just fine.

If I could have justified it, I would have gone with a garmin cyclocomputer (probably the garmin edge 705).  But for $700 bucks it didn't make much sense knowing that my bike was $30 bucks.  I would have loved to ghost race myself, such that the cyclocomputer would have tracked/stored a previous lap or trip and then I would see a dot representation of both my current self and my previous self, kind of like mario kart.   That would have definitely kept me motivated.

For a little over $100.00, I couldn't beat the cateye, so I am going to give it a thorough test tomorrow, see what it can really do.  I hope it is a positive experience.

3 Responses to “Getting pretty serious now”

  1. By MichaelT on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    I’ve been debating whether I want a cyclocomputer. I used to use one, and I ended up competing with myself. That’s okay, but I’m trying to slow down my top speed and increase my cadence speed. The thinking is that when I get really going in the top speeds I am really not pedaling all that much, so increasing the cadence will keep my heart rate higher.

    Do you have a headlight/taillight recommendation?

  2. By charlie on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    I got my headlight/taillight form fat tire cycles on montono. Working pretty well, they are more for others to see me than they are for improving visibility.

    And, I’ve been reading tons about cadence, either being a spinner or a masher, like Armstrong or Ulrich. I have tried both so far. For Monday’s trip home, I used a low cadence of 60 rpm and it took me 10 percent longer than Tuesday’s ride where I increased my cadence to an average of 90 rpm. It is interesting that increasing my cadence by 50% only improved my time by 10%, except I wasn’t as worn out at the end. What I noticed was that my legs weren’t as tired and I was able to get up those hills more easily. It definitely seems worth messing with cadence to find the right fit, so I am going to try a few more things. I have a mountain bike so my highest gear is pretty low and I end up pedaling a lot anyway 🙂

  3. By GPS Navigationssysteme on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    I’m amazed and happy to say that garmin products is of high quality albeit the price is also a bit high but it’s worth paying.

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