- Dec 14, 2006
I personally have nothing against the Flight Deck, I use one myself but I don't train to compete. Most of the competive riders that I know want the actual cadence rather than the virtual cadence so that they know what their cadence is, not what it should be.Camilo said:But what's wrong with that? Nothing. Surely it's not confusing to see a calculated cadence when you're not actually pedaling? In fact it could be considered better in that it will tell you what you'd better be prepared to pedal at when you quit coasting and start pedaling. If I see a reading of 150 when I'm coasting, I know I might as well keep coasting because pedaling is not going to help and might make me more unstable than just sitting in the drops in a stable, aero position.
It seems silly to me to have two computers on the bars just to replace a calculated cadence with the exact same cadence read out except "actual". Both are accurate.
My bias: the flight deck computer is one of the best innovations since I've been using computers (early-mid 90s). Buttons on hoods are great, easier and safer than buttons on the computer head.
My recomendation to the OP was that he keep his Cateye and not add a Flight Deck as the Cateye will give him all the same information that the Flight Deck does except for showing what gear he is in. Plus the Cateye will give him real time cadence rather than a computed cadence which is not always the most accurate reading of the true cadence. Another plus is that he doesn't need to reprogram his computer if he decides to use a different selection of gearing on his cassette or chain rings. You have to do that with the Flight Deck as I found out last week.