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08-30-05, 04:41 AM
Does anybody have experience with VDO wireless computers, such as C2 DS?
Does it work on a 'bent? What about the cadence sensor?
Stay away from wireless computers: they're designed to work on a normal bike where the head unit is mounted directly on top of the sensor unit on the fork leg, at a distance of less than a metre. The reality is that even in perfect conditions, they don't always work well (they're spooked by cellphones, CB radios, powerlines...), require an extra battery to worry about, and are expensive.
Get a wired computer, route the wire behind the fork, along the brake cable, or even inside the frame if you can, use cable ties the same color as the bike, or the brake cable, so everything's cleanly installed and hidden, spend a little extra time to splice the wire correctly with shielded audio cable and thermoretractible sheathing if you need to have it longer in order to get a clean route, and once it's all installed, forget about it. I prefer spending an hour installing a regular computer correctly than spending money and constantly goofing around with a wireless computers.
I bought the Garmin Forerunner 301 which is GPS and a heart monitor combined. It also has a comprehensive software package that shows you how well you're training. It was only around $200 at Amazon.com and so far I'm thrilled with it. Oh, and obviously it's completely wireless.