Most Bang for the Buck
I bought the Strada Cadence because it was the cheapest computer I could find that tracked cadence and had many good reviews. Overall, the unit is pretty easy to install. I initially had this computer installed on an old mountain bike and had some trouble getting the speedometer magnet close enough to the sensor because there was too much space between my left chain stay and my rear wheel (the sensor and magnet need to be within 3mm of each other). However, I was able to use the extra rubber padding that came for the cadence sensor to close the gap.
I then put this computer on a new road bike and it installed flawlessly. I had no trouble getting the cadence or speedometer sensors close enough to the magnets. Running the wires along the frame of the bike was pretty easy too.
Before you install the computer I highly recommend reading the directions carefully a couple times. The first time I installed it, I wired everything up on the right chain stay and as a result had undo everything and reinstall it. Also, make sure the magnets pass over the cadence and sensor lines, which are clearly marked on the sensors. I originally had some difficulty getting thing working because I neglected to line up the magnets properly. I initially thought the magnets could pass over anywhere on the sensors, which is NOT the case. All these thing are documented in the instructions.
The display is a little small so I can understand why some people complain that this computer is tough to read. However, I've gotten used to it and have no problems reading the display even if it's to take a quick glance down at it.
Solid, simple...maybe even bulletproof?
I bought this to replace a lost Cateye wireless computer. I wasn't paying enough attention when making the purchase to realize this model wasn't wireless and was a bit frustrated with myself upon realizing this. No matter - I went ahead and installed it as I thought the cadence sensor would be a nice addition (the lost wireless model didn't have a cadence feature). Anyway, it works great and seems accurate when comparing data to the phone app I also use. I like the simplicity of it: just press the unit, which essentially functions as one big button, to cycle though (pun intended) average speed, trip distance, cadence, total distance, max speed, time and a clock. All the while your speed is displayed in large numbers above the other data.
Now, what prompted me to write this review was when removing wet clothes from the washing machine this morning. I saw the unit at the bottom of the washing machine AFTER a wash cycle (again with the puns!) and my heart sank. "You big dummy," I thought, "you just replaced one and are now going to have to buy another one." But as I retrieved it from the washing machine I was thrilled to see that not only did it seem unaffected from the 30 minutes spent underwater, but it actually still had the data from my ride the day before. I've never been concerned that a ride in the rain would damage it, but I was downright impressed that it survived an accidental trip through the laundry. Therefore, I would absolutely urge anyone looking for a simple, durable computer to consider a Cateye.
This is an inexpensive, easy to use, light weight bike computer that provides all the basic info I find that I need. Installation was not difficult, it just took a bit of time.
I've used the strada for 900 miles, and have had only one issue. The zip tie that held the cadence magnet on broke. Luckily the magnet stuck to the steel of the pedal spindle. In order to make sure I didn't lose the magnet if the next zip tie broke, I used contact cement and a zip tie to keep it on.
I like the unit-is-a-button idea now that I've gotten used to it. It's a no-brainer to operate in any scenario - nasty hill climb, cold weather gloves - no problem. I chose this wired version because I've had issues with wireless units in the past. All the people I ride with have wireless units (not the wireless strada), and they occasionally have to fiddle with their units to get their speed/cadence working.
One thing I would have liked to add is that if the unit could display 3 measurements at once (instead of speed + one selectable). But that might make the unit larger and more expensive, and out of the inexpensive, simple, high value category...
Lots of data, easy to setup
The Strada comes with a wired cadence and speed sensor, which are both intended to be rear-wheel mounted. The computer itself features the ability to track one 'workout' / trip, including time, distance, avg. speed & max speed, as well as current cadence (there is no min/max/avg function on cadence!), an additional 'trip odometer' and an overall odometer.
Instructions appear rather daunting, but it is easier to install than they try to make it seem. Mounted just fine on my Novara Squadra.
I can't comment on its accuracy (never checked it).
The 'one button face' is pretty nice, but I can't say I prefer it. It doesn't really cause many problems, it just doesn't really seem to solve any problems either.
They include a LOT of wire ties with the product.
Universal mount can be attached to a stem or handlebar thanks to the rotating base! Very clever!
Overall a very solid computer with a lot of features, a good buy at this price!
Like the rear wheel sensor...
After researching different computers, I settled on the Cateye Strata Cadence because of the fact that it was wired (which to me is always a more reliable communications connection for any device), the ability to measure cadence, and the rear wheel sensor. The rear wheel sensor comes in really handy because the computer can still be used on when riding on the stationary trainer.
The Strata Cadence has been very reliable and proven to be very accurate when compared with GPS apps like Strava or Map My Ride.
I have put about 1200 miles on my computer and it is still very reliable. It's only week point is that it is very hard to read once the sun starts going down because there is no light or if there is very bright sun due to glare.
Great for the Money
I really don't have a bunch of experience with this unit, but I have no experience with bicycle computers in general. I wanted to start out on the low $$ side so I went with the most popular, least cost unit.
I have been nothing but impressed so far. I didn't have high expectations mainly because the last time I had a cycle computer it was horrible, inaccurate, and unreliable.
This one compared to my motorcycle GPS was pretty much dead on with speed, I figure everything else is going to be just as accurate as most are calculated with speed and time.
I haven't gotten to far into the functionality of the unit, but so far speed accuracy has been great, installation was very easy, and operation is mindless.
The installation of the sensors took some time. This isn't the computer for someone not willing to jerry-rig things a bit (I scavenged the magnet from my previous computer). The instructions definitely could have been more specific, but in the end everything works right. Turns out, the cadence magnet doesn't need to be 3mm max from the sensor (which is good because there is no way to make that happen on my 1978 touring bike.)
Setting up the computer itself was quick and easy and operation is intuitive.
Great, Simple Computer
If you're looking for a very simple computer to use both on the road and on an indoor trainer, this is the one! Easy installation, easy to read, user friendly. Rear wheel mount only so you can use it on a trainer as well. This computer has the essentials: speed, avg speed, distance, time, cadence and odometer. Used it for a couple hundred miles so far and the only other thing I wish it had was a HR monitor. Other than that, it's perfect.
This - like all Cateye computers - is high quality. It works well, and is trustworthy. However, having used both, I strongly recommend the Astrale 8 for a cadence computer. The single click on this model seems a little flimsy, and feels like it will break any moment. And if it does...completely useless! The Astrale is the same price, same features, just a different design. I think it has a smaller screen (my 3-year-old model did). But again, you can't go wrong with Cateye.
Reliable, simple to operate
This is another incarnation of a great product. I've used Cateye w/ cadence for 15+ years, and this is also accurate and simple to use. Toughest part is installing the sensors and routing the wire (allow 1+ hr.), then it's pure enjoyment. Simple one-click toggle scrolls through all the modes. After calibration, two bikes w/ two different era Cateyes registered 0.01 mi different in 10+ miles (less than 1/1000 variation). A good price for the functionality provided.