I’ve gotten a couple PM’s lately and this topic has come up. So rather than repeating myself I will share it with all of you.
Simplest and most effective way to recreate a metronome IS NOT A CADENCE! I used to use them and they can work, but they are not as accurate and they can be difficult to know when you are off by a tenth or fifth of a second. Practicing your cadence over and over will help, but I have a better idea.
All you need is a calculator or metronome, an internet connection, and a lap timer to check the accuracy.
If you have a metronome already, all you need to do is find out what kind of BPM you prefer to use on your wheel. If it is a low one, you may have to double it once or twice to find a decent BPM to search for. For example, if you use 60 BPM you may have to jump to 120 BPM. If you don’t have a metronome then you will have to figure out how long your timing will fit into one minute and try find your BPM that way.
There is this wonderful website called YouTube which has no shortage of videos to choose from. All you have to search is “120 BPM songs”. Make sure you check them against a real metronome to be sure that they are true 120 BPM or whatever you are shooting for.
You should be able to shop around and find a decent song that you can live with or learn to fall in love with. If you can download it and add it to your Phone, Ipod, or CD you can listen to this song whenever you want and you basically have a metronome right there. I don’t know about you, but memorizing a beat to a cool song is much easier and funner to do than some goofy sounding cadence. And we can all admit that there has never been a cadence shared on this forum that actually sounded cool.
Anyway, most people are plugged in to some kind of gizmo so it wouldn’t look completely strange to listen to music the odd time while you are “Waiting for someone”. So when you notice your hit rate drops from where it used to be, go to the bathroom, listen to your song and find your rhythm and head back and see where you are at.
You would be amazed at how precise your accuracy can get even one or two times listening to your song!