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Garmin Cadence Sensor 2015
- Measures and reports pedalling strokes per minute, providing feedback for optimal performance
- Measures pedalling cadence as you ride
- Works with Garmin cycling computers - Edge 500, 800 and 705
- Works with Garmin sportswatches - Forerunner 610, 410, 405CX, 405, 310XT, 305
- Self-calibrating and wireless
- Measures and reports pedaling strokes per minute, providing feedback for optimal performance
- Measures pedaling cadence as you ride
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Top Customer Reviews
Fitting is straightforward but needs to be aligned properly so worth searching online as there are a number of video clips that will guide you. Once fitted, the watch will automatically recognise the device in the same way as it would a Heart Rate strap. All you then need to do is to alter your display to show the cadence and speed fields and go cycling!
Most devices will already have the ability to pick up speed via GPS so this will replace that calculation. The benefit being that it should be more accurate and faster to respond (not having to rely on a GPS signal from 13,000 miles above us) and also works on a turbo trainer indoors if that's your thing.
Cadence is simply the speed at which you're turning the pedals. So why does it matter? From a personal perspective, it's helped me to use the gears better. Average cyclists tend to have a cadence of around 60 RPM, the pros average around 80. What I found was that on my setup 70 was about right and the way to achieve that was to use lower gears which was easier on my legs (so improving endurance) and my overall speed has increased as I'm using my muscle power more efficiently. I therefore tend to try to keep my cadence at 70 or above now rather than focus on going as fast as I can.
So for me a good purchase that has enhanced my cycling and gives me more stats to pore over afterwards!
Using the system outdoors is fine and I can log cadence which is a great benefit.
Indoors is a whole different experience now. I use a mag trainer (Cycle Ops) and with the cadence sensor plus the Edge I can monitor and record cadence and speed (due to the wheel sensor being on the rear wheel). The Edge senses the constant GPS location and offers the option of turning off the GPS (a clever feature). Add to this the heart rate and what more do you need for training purposes.
All in all, a great complement to the Egde and a super training aid.
It's reasonably priced and, unlike my polar bits, cheekily allows the battery to be replaced if needed. How thoughtful of Garmin!
It is the size I expected and certainly not large. It's 'aeroness' is irrelevant.
I have a specialized transition comp 2006. IE a weird frame. I have a couple of rear wheels. Including a 52mm rim wheel. I want the speed sensor option because I train based on speed on a turbo. I use speed as a proxy for power/wattage...apparently only third party devices or turbos themselves can supply WATTAGE/POWER info and I did not want to go down the third party route - BUT THIS IS ONE AREA WHERE GARMIN DIRECTLY LACK A SOLUTION FOR MY 305.
It fits my frame no probs. It could have gone in a few places. I would imagine it is probably versatile enough to fit on your bike.
Instructions: The packaging was good and the instructions initially looked good. Until I followed them! Because my frame bends in weird places near the wheel then If I install the cadence sensor near the end of the crank (Garmin recommended) then the resulting position of the sensor DOES NOT WORK as the pick-up arm would get caught in the spokes.
NOW YOU SHOULD LOOK VERY CLOSELY AT THE INSTRUCTION FOR THE PICK UP ARM AND EXACTLY WHERE IT SHOULD GO AND EXACTLY WHERE IT SHOULD POINT. I have seen several people have this pointing upwards. Whilst this will work in the sense it will pick up a signal it must surely get caught in the spokes if accidentally pushed inwards to the wheel at some point down the line. Once this happens at any kind of speed it will break off.Read more ›
Fitted to my mountain bike as a second device and though quite a tight fit with the style of bike etc, have used it and it works fine, left it on auto and it set it self up for wheel and crank size.
Easy to fit on the bike anyway, just take it steady and don't tighten the cable ties fully until happy with it's position and checked that it works ok.
Only thing I had to play about with was the cadence magnet, as my crank isn't flat on the near side to the sensor, so luckily had some rubber strips to pack it with.
Just a shame about the cost but then your paying for the name and I haven't come across anything to take it's place!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a little fiddly and ugly but it works, and after a year on the bike the original battery is still working. used 5 days a weekPublished 3 months ago by ty
This is great, when it works correctly. Mounting is easy, certainly possible to mount on my ReignX1 and my V10.4. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Ferris
Not had a problem with this links up through ant plus on my ant plus device which is not garmin. Also waterproof which is good.Published 5 months ago by Niall Kelly