Since my nice 20+ mile ride that I shared a couple posts back, I haven’t slowed down. I’m doing everything I can to rack up as many miles as possible on this bike and, more importantly, that Brooks saddle. After that ride, I quickly realized that I desperately needed a nice cyclo-computer to tell me exactly how fast and far I was riding. Some riders claim they don’t care about mileage but I personally think that’s half the fun of riding; looking down and seeing exactly how much you accomplished that day. So, with that goal in mind, I went looking for the best all around computer.
I quickly determined that the Cat Eye brand are some of the most trusted, the easiest to use, and they offer quite a variety of options. I debated for a while whether or not I should go wireless or wired and cadence of no cadence. Wireless has a cleaner look and easier assembly but has batteries that need to be replaced more often and sometimes gets interference from traffic lights and cell towers. Cadence, or pedal revolutions/minute, is great for training and developing your rhythm. I thought that could be beneficial with keeping myself going and motivated on the road. What I finally chose was the Cat Eye Stada Wireless. I figured if I ever change handle bars, stem, or heaven-forbid, the fork, at least I don’t have to screw around with re-wiring everything. I also decided to forgo the cadence meter. I realized I’m not racing across country and didn’t want to be stressing my RPM’s every time I got a little winded
So, that all being decided and on order from Amazon, I couldn’t wait to take the bike out again so I set off to circumnavigate the entire island of Manhattan. I have no idea how far the actual ride is but I can tell you it took me over 4 hours and I was very, very tired afterwards. This was my first time riding up-up town through Harlem and beyond. Other than failing miserably to determine a good route and having to back track a lot, it was a great ride. I’m always amazed at how much this small island can change from one neighborhood to the next. Here are a couple quick pics from the ride.