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What do you guys think of the Cat Eye Padrone?

Old 01-13-22, 08:20 PM
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What do you guys think of the Cat Eye Padrone?

Im looking to get a computer head. My old one was a Cat Eye back in the day which I thought was great. I see the Cat Eye Padrone for sale Im wondering if its any good? Any other suggestions?
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Old 01-14-22, 06:38 AM
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It's OK. I prefer wired models, personally, as they're more reliable (and you only need batteries in the head unit). The Padrone that I have is subject to interference, which renders the "max speed" function of limited use since on many rides (approx. 20%?) I see readings of 58 mph, 63 mph, etc. Also, the positioning of the magnet reading head/transmitter is more finicky than other cycle computer models I've used (e.g. Cat Eye Astrale). If you're frequently putting your bike on a rack to drive to the start of your ride, get used to checking that the computer is reading before you start your ride. I have the lower-end unit, and it is about 8-9 years old, however, so maybe the current, or more expensive, models are better in these respects.

Other than those somewhat minor gripes, it has been relatively reliable, battery life is good, it is readable, easy to set up and use. It's on our tandem, so I haven't tested it in the rain, sorry, I can't tell you how reliable it is in the wet. And, being wireless, you don't have to worry about routing wires, or about accidentally routing new cables over the wire thereby cutting it and making it necessary to buy a new docking unit/sensor sub-assembly (not that I would ever be guilty of such a thing ).
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Old 01-14-22, 06:50 AM
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Mine rattled. At least one other forum member posted about the same problem.

But worse, it would sometimes randomly reset during rides. Got so sick of that that when the battery died I didnít bother replacing it.

My touring/commuting bike is fitted with a CatEye Velo wireless computer. It performs great in all sorts of weather.

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Old 01-14-22, 07:41 AM
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Dont know that model, but no matter, get at computer with digital transmission. Analog transmission is prone to noise pickup that can make the speedometer and odometer unreliable.
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Old 01-14-22, 09:41 AM
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Only issues I have had is my flashing light interfered with the signal and caused it to miss revolutions.
The second issue is when stopping at lights, the magnetic sensors in the street gave false readings of 65 mph so my distance and average speed is askew.
Both issues are now avoided and I have had no other issues and the accuracy checks out with ridewithgps mapping.
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Old 01-14-22, 10:38 AM
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I had a Cat Eye Strada Slim before getting my Garmin, never had any issues with it.
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Old 01-15-22, 05:28 PM
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Cat-Eye still makes good speedometers. I have a Velo 7 and a Velo 9, both wired, as I don't believe replacing a wire with two radios and two computers is a smart engineering decision, at least in this case. However, I am so vain that I just ordered a Cat-Eye Urban Wireless model for my old racing bike, now that it has a new paint job. Vanity, thy name is Fredo.
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Old 01-15-22, 05:35 PM
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For anyone looking for something along the lines of an old-school cyclocomputer, but with wireless sensors, I would recommend the Bontrager RIDEtime Elite.

It works with ANT+ sensors (speed, cadence, heart rate), so you can buy what you want.
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Old 01-15-22, 06:02 PM
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Is this a thread wormhole from the 1990s? I mean I do like the retro Cateye, but the wired vs wireless discussion is funny.
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