Did you take up biking this year as a new activity? Yeah, you’re not alone! Maybe you want to see your total speed record and all kinds of other geeky data a biker loves. Clip on the Wahoo RPM Cadence Sensor. The sensor also works for runners and joggers by clipping it on your shoe! No magnets are involved so it’s a no-fuss way of tracking the data.
Designed by fitness gadget developers Wahoo Fitness, the Wahoo RPM Cadence sensor lets you track and monitor your cadence on iOS and Android phones, and GPS bike computers. The sensor itself is a slim design that won’t interfere with your running or biking movement, and while you’re going, that little box is capturing everything you need to know. Just clip it to the bike’s crank arm or your shoe. Wahoo uses Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ technology to share data, and works with Zwift and TrainerRoad.
The device comes with its own complementary app, Wahoo Fitness, but also is compatible with 3rd party apps like Strava, MapMyRide, Cyclemeter and Ride with GPS — you just need to allow 3rd party app access.
When you unpack your Wahoo RPM Cadence gadget, you’ll receive the sensor, a battery (pre-installed), a rubber mounting option, zip-ties, shoe mount option, 3M double-sided tape, a quick start guide and a product information guide. The battery is a replaceable coin cell battery that lasts up to 12 months, and can be easily replaced.
For the amount of data you get, especially if you’re training to go to higher speeds or longer distances, then the Wahoo RPM Cadence and Speed Sensor is a bargain. You can purchase both on Amazon.com for $70.00, or there’s the option to just purchase the Cadence sensor. However, if you’re serious about biking, you might want to opt for the combination, because it’s more data for just a little bit more money. However, if you want the Wahoo RPM Speed Sensor, you’re looking at $39.99, and it can still attach to your shoe. All of the options are also waterproof, according to the Wahoo Fitness website — I haven’t tested it, but give me time.
If you want to go high-tech, there’s the $499.99 Wahoo RPM Speed and Cadence Sensor with Bike Computer. This model features a screen and has automatic route downloads that upload when you sync with the apps. It also uses a phone-free mode that tracks speed, cadance, distance, time and heart rate, plus a summary of data at the end of your ride. Personally, I’m sticking with the low-profile versions because I’m not ready just yet to switch to the hardcore device but anticipate doing so in the future.
If you want to view all of the options for yourself, check out the comparison chart available on the Wahoo Fitness website.