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    Vintage Bike computers

    I owned a mid 80's Torpado Alpha, before I built out my 87 Schwinn Prologue, which is still going strong and looks brand new.

    My Torpado was outfitted with a cyclometer that had about 8 individual buttons below the LCD, for speed, distance, time, cadence, max, etc. I can't find any information about it anywhere on the Net. I thought it might be a Rhode Gear or Blackburn, but I am completely stumped.

    Do any old timers have any recollection of this great computer?

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    No, Jeff, that's not the one. Mine had, if I recall correctly, about 8 round, gray individual buttons and a LCD screen that took up the upper half of the computer. Each button had text on it.

    The thing is probably still in my parents shed, if I wanted to attempt a American Pickers episode. I have been wondering for weeks about the name, to no avail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    Before we had bike computers we had belt-driven and striker-driven odometers, cable-driven speedometers, and short-lived early 1970s analog tachometer/speedometer combo gauge sets.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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    Almost has to be this one?

    This "Peugeot Sport Computer" on my 1979 UO9 SuperSport. It uses two AA batteries and takes five seconds to respond to keyboard inputs. Five functions plus "scan".
    Fellow riders have referred to it as a "laptop".

    Peugeot also embedded a smaller cyclometer into a tub-shaped recess in the top of one of their handlebar stem extensions, perhaps just a couple of years later.

    Last edited by dddd; 08-22-14 at 07:09 PM.

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    Had a shaft/cable drive (no batteries) speedo in the '70s.
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