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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-04-06, 08:12 AM   #1
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Help with Cyclometer

OK, I have gone through 3 cyclometers in as many years. The one I have now I like. It has 4lines, and gives me everything at a glance. Now I have my trainer, I need to get one that runs on the back tire. So I am looking for suggestions for a wireless that is easy to read, but most importantly reliable. I would like to keep the cost below $60.00.

I am looking for something that will give me
  1. Total distance
  2. ride distance
  3. ride time
  4. average speed

I would also like to have a Heart Rate Monitor, but that I would like to have on my wrist.

PS: I am down 2 lbs from last Thursday!!
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Old 12-04-06, 10:05 PM   #2
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Most computers have extention mounts that can reach the back wheel.....BUT wireless is actually...I have not shopped for one in a while but the last time I looked the transmitter would not reach all the way from the back to the front where the head unit is.

Things might have changed by now with the distance deal....not sure....to get a bigger distance it would take more power and that would not be a good thing....

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Cateye Astrale. Rear wheel pickup with cadence at a reasonable price.
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I own this wireless cyclometer (Cateye CC-CD300DW):

It has wireless speed and wireless cadence. Cost's a bit much ($100+) but I got mine at Nashbar for $80-90 on sale. My Cateye's have always lasted for years, too (this is only my second one in 12 years). I highly recommend it.

I also use this heart rate monitor (Polar s720i), also very expensive, but I really like Polar as a company. Their quality is excellent.



I've bought a new bike for my boys for Christmas, a Specialized Allez,

and will be putting the Cateye on it for them. Then, I will be getting this (Garmin Edge 305 w/HR & Cadence) for me:



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Cateye Astrale. Rear wheel pickup with cadence at a reasonable price.
OK, I went to the LBS, and we decided that the Astrale8 was the best choice for me. I am going to put it on tonight. along with some work with the trunk bag. Then I am going to ride for at least 10 miles. At least this way I can tell what I am doing, instead of riding while looking at the clock. Plus I will have some info for my spread sheet! I love excel. Keeps me coming back for more.
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The astral is pretty nice. I got an additional mount and run it on two bikes, one on my trainer and one on my road bike.
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I've bought a new bike for my boys for Christmas, a Specialized Allez...
WHAT??? One bike for the boys to share?
Skip the Garmin 305 and get bikes for everyone.
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WHAT??? One bike for the boys to share?
Skip the Garmin 305 and get bikes for everyone.
I have two boys that are about as close to twins as you can get and still not be. I can't find a decent bike for them for the $250 I can get the Garmin for. Plus...how serious will they turn out to be...? With 5 kids and a wife on a teacher's salary, funds are not plentiful. So, for now...one bike
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I have two boys that are about as close to twins as you can get and still not be. I can't find a decent bike for them for the $250 I can get the Garmin for. Plus...how serious will they turn out to be...? With 5 kids and a wife on a teacher's salary, funds are not plentiful. So, for now...one bike
Someone over in the "For Sale" section was selling his barely used Garmin for I think around $200 and change.

Also - consider getting a folding bike for the kids. They can be adjusted as they grow. Something like a Downtube is around $300.
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Note on the Astrale: DO NOT cut the wire.

I had one that worked perfectly until I decided to "extend" the speed sensor wire to reach the rear wheel of my recumbent. Turns out that the wire is difficult to solder. Something about each strand of the cable being varnished or shellacked or something.

Now it only reads speed in sub 40 degree weather. Go Figure.
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Try a cateye Astrale 8, $45
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It sounds like you are proceeding with the Cateye Astrale, which is a very nice choice in the wired category, having both rear-wheel speed sense and cadense sense. The cateye "double wireless" unit mentioned in an above post is a nice wireless choice for a speed and cadence sensing unit. Cateye also makes another wireless model that does speed and heart rate, but not cadence.

I just found a nice deal on ebay for a VDO wireless unit with both speed and cadence - it also supports rear-wheel speed sensing for trainer use. Having both the speed and cadence sensing wireless adds a fair amount to the cost, versus one of the many speed-only wireless units (like the Cateye Micro Wireless).

Unless the product description specifically says rear-wheel sensing, you shouldn't assume that you can do that. In general, units with wireless cadence will also tend to support wireless rear-wheel sensing, since the transmitters for both the rear wheel and the crank are probably both mounted on the left-side chainstay, and both need sufficient range. However, there are some wireless units that are wireless for speed, but use a wired cadence sensor. These tend to be good for front-wheel speed sensing only.

Poring over the various features is a little confusing. Performance Bike's web site has a nice assortment of products listed, with feature lists, user reviews, etc. If you really want to dig, you can go to the various makers' web sites (Cateye, VDO, Sigma, Vetta, Polar, etc.)
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