CATEYE PADRONE

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

£99.99 Cateye has seem­ingly been mak­ing com­put­ers since be­fore the wheel rolled onto this mor­tal land, and in the Padrone Dig­i­tal they’ve cre­ated a slick and light­weight num­ber. The price in­ti­mates its lack of GPS, and ex­plains why it comes with speed, ca­dence sensors and a mag­net. Like the B’Twin 500, wheel sizes are pre­pro­grammed; phys­i­cal set-up’s easy, too, with the unit clamped into place via an old-school thumb­screw sys­tem. For such a small unit, it packs a visual punch with three rows of data, and up to four fields, clearly pre­sented and in­clud­ing stan­dard speed and ca­dence met­rics, yet it has heart-rate for an ex­tra out­lay. That’s down to its Blue­tooth ca­pa­bil­i­ties – an up­grade on the orig­i­nal Padrone – which also means you can down­load your ride data to Cateye’s Cy­cling app be­fore mi­grat­ing it fur­ther to ei­ther Training Peaks or Strava. The app’s rudi­men­tary, serving more as a con­duit than an­a­lytic plat­form. Auto start and stop’s al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated, in cities es­pe­cially, and, by es­chew­ing GPS, there’s a claimed four-month bat­tery life via a sim­ple coin cell. On the down­side, the nar­row but­ton in­ter­face along its base is fid­dly with gloves on. zy­rofisher.co.uk

VER­DICT A SOLID ENOUGH BIKE COM­PUTER THAT’S LET DOWN BY THE IN­EF­FI­CIENT SCROLLING

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