Inexperienced riders tend to pedal too slow which will put stress on their knees.
I always wanted to know how fast I was pedaling but I didn't
want to spend a lot of money to do it. Most experienced riders
have a Cadence of 70 to 90 RPM's. When I started using the meter
I found 60-80 to be my norm, but since then I moved up into the
70-90 range without realizing it.
Here is my solution for less then $12 and super easy to do.
Step 1: $10 Cycle Computer
stores carry them. They are very accurate
and simple to use. They also turn on
automatically when the magnet passes
It will also record your maximum and
average Cadence plus the number of
times the crank turned. It will also
keep track of the time you are actually
pedaling. When compared with the time
on the speedometer it will tell you
how much coasting you did.
The only drawback is the meter only
reads to 99.9, but you can set it to read
1/2 and remember to double the reading.
Step 2: Computer and Harness
Here's what you get.
2. Computer harness with bracket
3. Wheel magnet and zip ties which I
didn't use because I like the black
Step 3: One Dollar Magnets
You can use about anything, just
check that they are fairly strong.
Phil B found 1/2 inch ceramic magnets
at Radio Shack for $1.99
Step 4: Remove Magnets
I lucked out finding a pack of
5 which you use all of them on
a road bike.
On a Mountain bike you can use
4 due to the difference in the
I removed the magnets by cutting
around the outside of the magnet
with a knife. Be careful, you
don't want to pry on the magnet
and break it.