This is my 3rd Padrone. The first one lasted forever, the 2nd shot craps in a couple weeks. I bought a different Cateye model, and that one also failed in a few weeks. For awhile I relied on my bike-mounted Garmin 64, but missed the backup and accuracy- checking of two units, so I bought my present Padrone. So far, so good. Compared to most other bike computers, the display on this model is huge and easy to read, which I like. And the fork mounted sensor has much greater adjustment range than the oher Cateye model I tried. If you have a bike with a wide fork, like me, you may need this. One caveat with the Padrone, a quirk which makes it either irritating or endearing, depending on your temperament: to reset it you press the lower edge of the unit. This is fast and easy, but it means the unit can accidentally be reset by incautious movements. Most of the time this is not a big deal, but if you're on a long or fast ride and you need your data.... Still, I would not discourage the purchase of this computer, it is extremely accurate, usually showing within a few hundredths of a mile what my Garmin shows, and my Garmin is very accurate.
Roadie here I bought the Padrone because it has the same features as the Strada RD300W, minus the pace arrow, on an easier to read screen, for less money. Setup went smoothly and the mounting hardware is all top notch quality. The unit size is large enough that I believe it might be a little clunky mounted on the handlebar, seems more in its element on the stem or with out front accessory. I have it mounted on the stem and it looks great. The sensor can be mounted on the right side of the fork facing backward (not recommended, as it would be sucked into the spokes should it be knocked inward) or the left half of the folk facing forward. Magnet has stayed in place so far with bladed spokes. Sensor size is average.
Other than its perceived quality and doing what any no-frills computer is supposed to do, some specific pros
- Mounting system (but would be nice to provide two extra zip ties)
- Unit clicks into its mount very securely.
- No delay as you're scrolling through the unit's basic functions (this is a complaint in one Strada review)
My two complaints
- Padrone is single touch, glove friendly operation. The button on the back of the unit is activated by pressing the lower edge of the unit, rocking it on its mount and depressing the button you cannot see. This is great, except that I accidentally reset my trip data three times on my first ride. You may not realize it, but when you're off your bike making a pit stop, the stem is often what you grab to walk/hold your bike. I reset it twice off the bike and once while riding. I would love if they added a hold switch to the side so that two things need to happen for data to be lost.
- Yes the screen is considerably larger than your average basic computer, but, in operation, there's a considerable amount of screen space that is wasted. Padrone form factor with ANT capability would be sweet.
- The odometer will reset when you replace the battery, but there is a way to manually enter a desired odometer reading after the new battery is installed.
- 2 yr warranty
- Sensor range is advertised as 70 cm
- I have not ridden enough to judge its susceptibility to interference.
Radio Frequence Interference emitted from lights
like the stronger Nite Rider models will interfer with the operation of this unit when the lights are in the flashing mode . The mileage and speed will go to zero or read incorrectly . This will not happen with GPS computers . Be aware !
Little tricky to get installed and configured, but the directions are pretty good. When you install the mount, be aware that the little plastic wheel has to be tightened down so that you can have a tight cable. Not 100% clear in directions. Once I got that, things came together. Very large display for us old folks! I like it.
Road use on stem and out front mount. PROS Color choices, price if on sale, works as well as other Cateye wireless computers, and instructions are getting a little easier. CONS Biggest Cateye screen but it just shows the same data as all other Cateye computers (except the Smart or GPS ones). Cateye should have gone with 3 rows of data on a screen this size. Cateye should have made a GPS Padrone with this big screen instead of the Smart model with tiny screen. Cateye just doesn't get the obvious.
While I have two other cat eye products I really like, I bought this one for a hybrid bike I own. However, it seems that the extra mass of the huge (easy to read) display just overwhelms the base and it falls out. I have resorted to electrical tape to hold it into position, which does seem to work, for awhile. In the end, because of concern for losing it bouncing down trails, I moved it to another road bike that sees less bumps that might dislodge it.
Pro very easy to install, easy to read display, price not bad
Con the mount is undersized for the display weight, needs a redesign
my wife and I each have one on our road bikes,with both computers set up the same. On a 50 mile ride together, her's will say about 2 miles more than mine,avg. speed will vary by about .5 miles,and riding side by side hers will say she is going about.5 miles an hour faster.they should read data closer together.also we had to try different headlights because they interfered with the speedo even working.
I use this computer on my Roubaix road bike. I previously had a base model Cateye and it was difficult to read as it had a smaller screen and did not show average speed which is important to me.
The Padrone Cycling Computer works flawlessly for me. I love the big display.
If I have a single complaint, it would be it's almost too easy to reset the ride measurements. Pressing and holding MODE (the only button on the face of the unit) when on the measurement screen resets all measurement data to 0 (excluding Odo) - something I have accidentally done several times.
I have written the company in Japan for further trouble shooting advice, but I have been messing around with this thing since I have gotten it.
It sure has a lot of potential,,,,,but not for me!
I would like my money back please.
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