General Cycling Discussion - Computers?
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I need a good computer for my new 5200. From what I've read I think I'll stay away from the Flight Deck. I don't care about cadence. I want average speed, odomoter, tripmeter, and hopefully a memory that won't be erased during battery change. Wireless is a must.
I'm thinking about the Cateye cordless 2. I've seen it on the web for 48 bucks. Is this a good deal, and is it a good computer.
Any suggesstions welcome.
I had one on my Cannondale road bike and it worked just fine. I never changed a battery so I don't know if the memory will be zapped if you do.
As long as you keep the computer within 45cm of the sender you'll be ok. The position of the magnet to the sender is a bit sensitive so you need to get it within 5mm or so. That won't be a problem on your bike. The 5200 is a Trek roadie isn't it?
FWIW I'd avoid use the 2-spoke magnet and instead use a single spoke magnet. That gives you greater freedom to position it depending on the fork profile and the angle of the wheel spokes.
If it's new, make sure you have everything in the box. My lbs ripped open a new one to give me a part I'd lost, and I don't know if they would have replaced it if they sold it to someone else. It's a nice 'pooter and reliable.
09-13-02, 11:32 AM
I have Vetta 88's on all four of my bikes and have had no problems with them at all. During the battery change the computer will retain the settings, specifically for the odometer.
The 88 model is wireless and does not have cadence.
The display shows current speed and can show one other function at the same time.
Thanks for the information!
When I got my Litespeed I put a Vetta RT77 on it. Have had NO problems. :beer:
Put one on my commuter a few months ago after having problems with a Cateye Astrale. :crash:
09-13-02, 03:43 PM
I went with a slightly different approach to the computer. I also donít care about cadence and have never been a fan of adding wires or magnets. I certainly have never been a fan of calibrating checking against another bikerís computer and then re-calibrating!!!
I had the advantage of already owning a Garmin eTrex GPS (Retail about $109.00) that I also use for navigation while fishing. Garmin makes a handy dandy mount for bikes. I get 18 plus hours out of 2 AA batteries. EXACT measurement of mileage and speed. Granted a little bit more money but my ex girlfriend said I could rationalize any dollar amount for my bike.
Remember, wants are far more important than needs.
P. B. Walker
09-13-02, 05:34 PM
Check out the computers from Specialized (www.specialized.com). I wanted pretty much the same thing you did (all the basic functions plus temp, cadence, %grade, alititude). Specialized has one on their site, the classic pro for $99 that does all that, plus it's wireless... the cadence part is wired. I've had it for about a week now, and I really love it. Plus it has a backlight function for when you are riding in low light. I commute to work and when I first start out in the morning I need lights. My old computers were worthless cus I could never see them. It sucks to find out the compute didn't turn on or something like that after you've been riding for 20 minutes.
Anyway.. I highly recommend you check them out. My previous computer was a Vetta V100 HR Wireless... The HRM function was nice, but not exactly what I expected. I went with a real HRM instead. The wireless was ok, until it started freaking out on me. I kept getting very strange readings..... Max Speed of 80.7 mph... stuff like that. There was no way I went that fast. I checked out everything. Plus the numbers are very small on it... sometimes I had to really look twice to see what it was saying.
Before that I had one of the Trek computers with Temp. I don't think they make them anymore.. but it was a GREAT computer. Anyway... good lluck
Edit: to just add that you can go without the cadence option and have it totally wireless. Then you still have the temperature, altitude, and inclinometer (Very cool in my book).
Here is a nice article reviewing the Cateye OS 1.0...
Unfortunately its not wireless though... :(
You might want to look at this...
09-13-02, 08:46 PM
I have the Cateye Cordless and it works well. Just don't use a cellular phone hear it. See my post in the "Which computer?" thread.
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