How to Pair a Garmin Cadence Sensor

by Benjamin Aries
A Garmin cadence sensor transmits helpful information to a cyclist.

A Garmin cadence sensor transmits helpful information to a cyclist.

A Garmin speed and cadence sensor is a useful information tool for cyclists. This device allows a rider to monitor the pedal rate, and sends this data to a compatible Garmin GPS. The sensor must be manually paired to the GPS before the wireless link will function. This pair procedure is required when the sensor is first installed, and must be repeated if the batteries are replaced.

Press the "Mode" button on the GPS. The main menu appears. Choose "Settings," and select "General."

Choose "Accessories" from the menu. Select "Cadence Sensor."

Push the white reset button on the Garmin cadence sensor. Wait for the button to flash red and then green.

Choose "Yes" from the Cadence Sensor menu on the GPS. Press "Restart Scan." Rotate the pedals on the bicycle and ensure that the blinking red and green lights are flashing on the sensor.

Continue to pedal until the cadence icon on the main menu displays without flashing. This indicates that pairing is finished.

Tip

  • Make sure that the Garmin GPS is within three feet of the sensor. Stay away from other nearby sensors, which can interfere with the signal. Check that the cadence sensor has fresh batteries and re-pair the unit after changing its batteries.

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