I love to bike. You might say I'm an amateur (I only own one pair of spandex shorts), but I'm always looking for new ways to improve. Recently I was talking to a more experienced friend, who introduced me to the idea of cadence.

He explained that cadence is how fast you spin the pedals on your bike. Having the right cadence helps conserve energy and reduce muscle strain, so you can ride faster for longer without getting tired.

I did some research and discovered that most amateur cyclists pedal too slowly, pushing hard in high gears and wasting energy. Shifting down and increasing your cadence uses a different set of muscles and makes your biking more efficient.

I wanted an easy, intuitive way to keep track of my cadence, so I would know exactly how fast to pedal and which gear to choose. This project was the result.

Step 1: Research, and Some More About Cadence

Cadence is measured in rotations per minute (rpm). In my research, I found that the ideal cadence for most people falls in the range of 85-95 rpm. I used my watch to conduct some very scientific tests and found that that range worked well for me.

Instead of a stopwatch, advanced cyclists use fancy cycling computers to track cadence and other data while riding. But, like watches, they tend be expensive and hard to read while riding. Even dedicated cadence meters use the same grey, calculator-style numerical display. I wanted more than just a number. I wanted something that I could understand at a glance, and that would actively help me interpret the data.

<p>I am still very new to electronics, but couldn't you add a transistor to the output of the hall effect sensor so you could use interrupts? Either way, I am thinking of making this. And definitely going to try to keep a cadence when I ride from now on.</p>
<p>You're totally right about the transistor. I just didn't think of it at the time. Thanks for looking. Post pictures if you make something!</p>
<p>I would vote this for Great Outdoor!</p>
<p>I added it :) Thanks!</p>
<p>This is a cool idea, cycling and blinking LEDS; my two <br>favorite things. I have a cadence meter <br>on my bike, but hardly ever use it because it is hard to read. What might be in improvement to this project would <br>be to put the Arduino and batteries into a box some other place on the bike <br>then run a small four wire cable up to the handlebars attach a red / green / <br>blue led to the wires and make a really small mount for it. Then program the Arduino to turn the led off <br>when stopped. As you peddle faster the <br>red light would start to flash slow to fast, at your set speed the LED would <br>switch to Green and flash slow to fast until you go over a set speed and then <br>the LED would switch to blue and flash slow to fast.</p>
<p>I should upload a video; the LEDs actually fade smoothly back and forth as the pedaling speed changes, and two can be lit at the same time if you're in between values. Housing the Arduino away from the display is something I considered, but it complicated things like having an accessible switch and making the power source removable. You're right, though, that it would have let the meter be much smaller. All interesting considerations.</p>
<p>I didn't know about that concept.Nice.Learnt something new</p>
<p>Great project, you have my votes!</p>
<p>It turned out beautifully :D</p>
<p>This is an awesome project. I think I may just have to incorporate it into my commuter bike project. Thanks for the ideas. I love the clean and simple approach.</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
Very impressive !

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