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Old 06-04-03, 07:40 AM   #1
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Odometer

I would like to place an odometer on my bike. Do any of you use one and if so, what kind? Are they reliable? Are they expensive? :confused: I ride a ladie's Giant Sedona. Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-04-03, 07:58 AM   #2
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Bett, since you wrote 'Odometer', I assume that you are interested primarily in clocking your overall distance. That is handled pretty well by almost any computer (you are likely get current speed, average speed and trip distance free of charge). It can be a cheap one (especially if you do not mind a litle wire here and there).

The brands I have experience with--Cateye and Ciclosport--are reliable, provided that they are installed and 'programmed' (wheel circumference, etc.) correctly. Undoubedly, Specialized, Sigma also have something in stock for you.

When in doubt, check out your LBS and have them mount the computer.

Happy pedalling!
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Old 06-04-03, 08:45 AM   #3
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Does anybody know if the odometer that mounts on your front axle similar to the one in this picture is still bieng sold. This one is fancier than what I remember using. There was a little pin that attached to your spoke which turned a star shaped wheel on the odometer as it passed by on each rotation of the wheel.

We used to get a new one every summer and see who could get back to a 000.0 reading first since they only recorded 999.9 miles and cost about 5 bucks.
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Good Morning Bruco...
Thanks for the info. For me, the probable best thing to do as you suggest, is to check out my LBS where I bought my bike.
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Old 06-04-03, 08:56 AM   #5
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by threadend
[B]Does anybody know if the odometer that mounts on your front axle similar to the one in this picture is still bieng sold. QUOTE]


Thanks for sending the picture. I'll check into it.
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Mr. Threadend,

I have not seen one of those mechanical counters since the mid-60's. I had something similar back then. Bet you can pick one of those things up on Ebay...
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I could find them (in km) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. My last one broke off in 1983, after some 25000 km.

If I remember the price then and adjust it for inflation, the low-end Cateye computers might even be a bit cheaper. The cyclocomputer is silent, tells you your speed, time and a has a resettable distance. As far as batteries are concerned, the wired ones don't cost much to run as I still have the original battery that came with my computer a little over 2 years ago -- and even with Winter cycling.

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Threadend - I remember those! Thanks for the trip down a long forgotten memory lane long grown over with weeds and other country 'stuff'!

Odometers? I find them a pain now. If I adjust the suspension on the front end, it invariably affects the slack of the cable to the odo and rubs on the wheel or gets too tight. I tried using a cordless CatEye but I could never position the sensor and pickup close enough to the receiver. With all the other 'clutter' on the front wheel, I could never get it set up close to the 45cm max distance between pickup/receiver. If I had an upside down fork I could probably fit it closer to the rim but then the angle of the spokes would make it difficult to get decent promimity between the sender and pickup.

Am I doing something wrong, something dumb, or is the inherent design of the mtb not conducive to fitting odos. I never had any problem running odos on road bike with thin, rigid forks.

Maybe there is an odo designed for the unique properties of the mtb design?
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It is time for me to take my new bike into the LBS for its first checkup. I called them about an odometer and intend to take a look at them when I go in. If I decide on one, think I will have them install since they do it reasonably and I won't screw it up.

I think I will enjoy having one. I love to keep records.
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You ought to be able to get something perfectly adequate in the $15-$20 range... possibly less.
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I like the Cateye Velo2, if they happen to have any. It's very user-friendly to operate... the button cycles through the different readouts (time of day, average speed, trip time, trip distance, total odometer), and if you hold the button two seconds while you're viewing the ride time, it'll reset all the resettable readings (but not the accumulated mileage on the main odometer, of course). More info here. These are Japanese-made and about US$25.

The Velo2's main shortcomings are that it doesn't record your maximum speed, and its timer starts when you begin moving, and stops when you stop. If you would prefer to have manual control over the timer, then you might like the Astrale.
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