I headed back over to the Trek store to get Orca fitted with some electronics and then took another short break-in ride. I’ll probably be doing similar short rides for the next week or so as I get used to the new bike and all the electronic gear I’ll be using to monitor my progress.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I decided on a CatEye Strada Double for my bike. The Strada Double delivers all the standard functions found on most cycling computers like speed, odometer, time, and clock to name a few, plus it has a cadence sensor. For those unfamiliar with this feature, it tracks the revolutions of the crank per minute, which simply stated, is the speed you are pedaling at. The typical optimum cadence ranges for a recreational cyclist is around 60-80 rpm, while road cyclists hover in the 80-120 rpm range. Having a cadence monitor is an extremely useful tool to both pace yourself and select the optimum gear for the situation. The head unit is very compact and easy to operate. A single click on the unit’s face cycles you between screens. The sensor, which is mounted on your chain stay, combines both speed and cadence in a very small unobtrusive package.
Once installed I headed out for a short break-in ride to test the gear as well continue getting used to the bike. The results of the ride can bee seen below. This will be the look of future ride reports…unless I find something better or more convenient.
Route: Coconut Point Test Ride
Started: Sep 30, 2010 11:48:55 AM
Ride Time: 39:49
Stopped Time: 5:52
Distance: 9.62 miles
Average: 14.49 miles/h
Fastest Speed: 21.07 miles/h
Climb: 108 feet
Official Route: No