The Garmin bike cadence sensor is designed to wirelessly measure pedal strokes per minute (cadence). I was intrigued by this measurement as a way to better keep a constant cycling cadence throughout my bike rides. I do like to analyse as much data as possible after my rides, as a way to track my performance, and any potential areas for improvement. Unfortunately, power sensors are still very costly, but with the cadence sensor available for under £30, decided that it would be a great addition for some vital data analysis.
Included in the box is the cadence sensor, two sizes of rubber straps and a manual. As with most Garmin accessories, the device ships in a small sized box, with the sensor neatly wrapped securely inside.
There are no magnets, and installation is quick and simple by fastening the sensor to your bike’s left arm crank. The sensor is secured by the included rubber band, which is surprisingly strong. To-date I have done approximately 20 rides with the sensor, and it has remained in place.
Connection to my Garmin Edge 1000 was quick and simple. I attached the sensor, switched on my Edge unit and gave the crank a few turns. The sensor was picked up immediately, and after a brief pairing instruction, the device now automatically connects to my Edge as soon as I turn it on.
Cadence among recreational cyclists is reported to be between 60-80 rpm, and according to a peer reviewed paper, “Preferred peddling cadence in professional cycling”, is suggested to be above 90 rpm for Pros. During my cycling commutes I am cycling at at average cadence of just over 80 rpm, although my current speeds are still well below average at averages of around 24km/hr.
My final thoughts on the cadence sensor are very positive. It is quick and easy to install out of the box and works well. This is what I expect from a gadget, and Garmin does not disappoint in this case. Highly recommended if you want to assess and monitor your cadence during your bike rides.