If you're a rider who likes to check their stats when riding the Cateye Padrone may just be the computer for you.
It's not a GPS unit but it does everything else you'd expect and does it very well. Clean, with no wires, slim, and with a bigger display in response to customer feedback, the Padrone offers a screen size that is 85% bigger than Cateye's Urban Wireless at 43mm long by 32m wide. All this means you get a large and easy to read numbers to read. It is easy to set up and use, making it an ideal companion regardless of the cycling you do.
The other immediate difference from other models is how thin it is. Cateye say it is 22% thinner than the Urban Wireless mentioned earlier.
Out of the box you get the head unit, a speed sensor and a magnet. Fitting all that might sound like a bit of a faff compared to the one-step fitting of a GPS, but it doesn't take long and is really easy to do.
The mount comes in two parts so that you can choose whether to fit it to your bar or stem by turning the inner piece through 90 degrees within the band.
The speed sensor is then attached to your fork, using the rubber foot and a couple of zip ties. All that is left to do is attach the magnet and line it up with the sensor. Both the sensor and the head unit use CR 2032 batteries, supplied.
So what can you check? As you'd expect, current speed, total distance, trip distance, elapsed time, max and average speed. The usual set of measurements and it does have a clock, and power saving mode. All this in a package that weighs in at 31.5 grams.
To scroll between the different screens is as simple as everything else at the Padrone. The head unit rocks in the bracket by pressing the bottom of the unit and this in turn presses the mode button on the back and rotates between the screens. Very simple but effective. The only difficulty about the whole package is removing the head unit from the bracket. It clicks in very tightly but this then makes the removal quite tight. At least you know it won't come out in transit.
The Padrone is a great unit, offering an easy to read screen, lightweight and gives you everything you need from a computer without GPS functions.
And there's a video, which we include simply because there's a very happy dog in it.
Big, clear and easy to use - perfect non GPS riding companion
road.cc test report
Make and model: CatEye Padrone
Size tested: Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
For anyone who wants to view their data simply and easily. The bigger screen makes this a doddle with a little bit of style.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
It records current speed, total distance, trip distance, elapsed time, max and average speed. The usual set of measurements and it does have a clock, power saving mode.
It is slim, well made and stylish. It wouldn't look out of place on any bar or stem.
Good range of data. The battery life is good and given the bigger screen, easy to read on the move.
The outer casing is smooth but tough plastic and the screen has remained without blemish.
Weighing in at 31g the (head unit only) it is not going to cause you any weight issues. The fitting bracket and speed sensor are minimal in weight so when you have the whole system setup you won't need to worry about additional drag.
Given the price tag, £49.99, you get a whole lot of computer for your money. It's bigger and slimmer than previous Cateye incarnations and does what it should do very well.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
For anyone looking to take their first steps into using a computer to record or view their data this is an ideal foray into the market. Easy to set up and even easier to use.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Simplicity with a neat fitting bracket that mirrors the ease of using the head unit. Two different positions with minimal adjustment allow you to use the Padrone either on your bar or stem. Simples
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Given it fits into the bracket so well it can prove a little reluctant to remove. On a couple of occasions it has resulted in a flying computer.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Already have.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Good value for money and the improved size only adds to the appeal.
About the tester
Age: 45 Height: 178cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three My best bike is: As above
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mtb, Not yet but looking to dip my toe in the world of TT