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Old 01-10-09, 12:42 AM   #1
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Need a new bike computer

So I figger I'll ask my fellow 'clyde' forum members who's been around a while and ride a lot. My Blackburn wired 'Delphi' computer (after about 3 years) has suffered some kind of stroke. It pains me to have to replace it, because thats money I need to spend somewhere else, but I still need a good, reliable computer. Was thinking about trying the Sigma BC 1106 wireless, or something similar. Years back I had a Cateye cordless 2 computer and a fancy VDO 'C4-DS' computer and both of them had issues I didnt like. Was wondering if wireless technology has gotten any better the last 5 years.

Any wireless Sigma users out there? Or what about the Cateye micro wireless? I heard thast wasnt a bad computer. So what say you guys? I dont need cadence, mainly just the basics with programable odo and large screen. Something not too fancy, but nice still. I ride regularly and need a good, reliable wireless computer that will last a while with hopefully only minor issues. The VDO computer was a complete bomb. It would "zero out" for miles at a time, and at the end of a 20 mile ride would register maybe 12 miles. I dont need any of that crap.

Any thoughts or experieces? I wanna hear it!
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Old 01-10-09, 06:38 AM   #2
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FWIW: I have used a VDO C3 w/ cadence for over 2 years. The only time I had any issues was when the battery needed to be replaced.
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I have a couple of Cat Eye Strada wireless computers. The only thing I've noticed is sometimes there is a very slight hesitation in updaating speed when braking or if you get out of teh saddle and hammer. Once that slight hesitation is past, it's good to go.

They are cheap/inexpensive too.
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I have a couple of Cat Eye Strada wireless computers. .


Thanks 'txvintage' I'll give that some thought. I drug out my old Cateye 'cordless 2' computer that was in storage for 7 years and installed it on my old Centurian bike. Went for a few rides with it and it seemed to work okay. It dont have a programmable odometer though, so I'm going to put it on my wife's bike.

I like the clean lines and simplicity of wireless, so maybe I need to come off my high standards and accept the few glitches they have. I train and ride every day, so I'm a little anal about my stats.
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I have a cat eye strada wireless as well, the only problem i have is that sometimes when i'm riding it seems to reset on its own. I don't know if when I stop for some reason i accidentally hit the button but it really gets me peeved. Especially when I am trying to beat my previous ride time. Otherwise the setup is great and works very well.
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I am a newer biker but I've got the Cateye Micro Wireless and honestly, the screen is kinda small for me. I have a hard time reading it and as a new rider, its more complicated than I need. I find myself forgetting how to reset it and make changes and what not. I just don't like it much.

With that, I went back to old reliable - a $5 Schwinn 12 function computer. Its easy as heck to read and program and gives me everything I need as a beginner - speed, max speed, avg, speed, distance and odometer and this thing has been as reliable as hell for almost 3 years I've owned it.

In my newbie opinion, if you want cheap and reliable, this is the way to go for $10 bucks online. The newer model is a 17 function. Bell also makes one very similar and these type can be purchased cheap in Wally World. I will never spend that kind of dough on a bike computer again. for a fraction of the price, my WalMart special tells me everything I need to know and appears to be dead on accurate.
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I had a Sigma 1606L wireless computer with wireless cadence. Seemed to work just about as well as my old wired Cateye Strada Cadence. Did have to replace the battery in the cadence sensor soon after purchasing it, which seems to be a common problem. After that, everything worked flawlessly! Only reason I stopped using it is because I upgraded to a Garmin Edge.
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Cateye Strada, wired w/ cadence, is what I use. What's the big deal with running a wire?
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Cateye Strada, wired w/ cadence, is what I use. What's the big deal with running a wire?


No big deal. Ran wired for years. Still on the fence though about wireless. I would rather have a wireless, but I dont want any of the associated issues they've had (and I've had 'em, believe me). But that was years back when they first came out. I dont want to run wires anymore, on any of my bikes. Dont need cadence either, done with that phase.

Mainly just want to hear everyone's preference, experience, that sort of stuff.
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No big deal. Ran wired for years. Still on the fence though about wireless. I would rather have a wireless, but I dont want any of the associated issues they've had (and I've had 'em, believe me). But that was years back when they first came out. I dont want to run wires anymore, on any of my bikes. Dont need cadence either, done with that phase.
yeah, the cadence function was fun for about a week until I figured out what 90 rpm felt like!
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I've had a Blackburn Neuro 6.0 on for about 700 miles. I've been very pleased with the unit - only need my bifocal safety glasses for one tiny auxilliary display in the upper right hand corner. Cadence, HR, HR zones and altimeter all seemed to work well. I'm changing it out for a Garmin 705 as we speak. Just too much of a geek to resist recording everything even though I'm hardly training seriously for anything.
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For anyone with wireless computer issues, are you running LED headlights? Lots of people get electrical interference between those two items, and the LED ciruitry ends up causing high/low readouts and random resets.

FWIW, I use a PB Protege 9.0 (wired) but they make a wireless one.
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I have used Cateye Strada and Sigma (both wireless) in the last year and they each have their relative strengths.

IMO: Cateye is a little easier to use (set and reset) but display isn't as big and it is somewhat easy to accidentally reset. Sigma's display is easier to read but you have to reset each function one-by-one at the start of each ride. It has four buttons that are easily accessable and it is hard to remember which two of these NOT use in your daily rides. It retains your highest speed, while the Cateye resets max speed with each reset. Cateye really has no buttons to mess with- you tap the computer to move between functions and tap and hold to reset before a ride.

Both of them worked well, electronically speaking. Tables for setting tire diameter have different values and Sigma reads maybe 5% too much mileage and speed. Cateye was closer to spot on in my case. You can adjust this for both of course, so it isn't really much of an issue.

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Both of them worked well, electronically speaking. .


Thanks 'billydonn', thats a pretty good assesment. The rest of you guys too, thanks for chiming in. I think I'm going to try one of the Sigma wired or wireless computers. I read what reviews I could find and there seems to be more than their fair share of happy customers. I had a Sigma back in 2000 but that was nine years ago, and it was wired. Didnt really like the wheel magnet setup, if I remember.

I think the best computer I had was a Vetta wired. It was the most reliable until I accidentally tore the wires out of the mount while I was at the library. My fault of course.
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Sigma's display is easier to read but you have to reset each function one-by-one at the start of each ride. It has four buttons that are easily accessable and it is hard to remember which two of these NOT use in your daily rides.
This wasn't my experience with the Sigma 1606L dual-wireless computer. If you reset the same value twice in a row, the computer clears out all of the commonly used cyclocomputer values. If you want to clear the trip odometers, trip time meters, etc. those must be done individually. I typically didn't use them, so I didn't worry about resetting them most of the time.

FYI, the only two buttons you need to use on the Sigma are the right ones. Honestly, I don't even remember what the left buttons do... maybe one of them is the backlight? The lower right button switches between all of the common cyclocomputer values. The upper right button switches through the various trip computers and trip timers.
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this wasn't my experience with the sigma 1606l dual-wireless computer. If you reset the same value twice in a row, the computer clears out all of the commonly used cyclocomputer values. ....
Ah ha! I did not know that trick...you must have read further in the manual than i did! Perhaps I will move my Sigma back to my most used bike for awhile. I haven't been tracking cadence lately and might want to see how I'm doing with it.

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fyi, the only two buttons you need to use on the sigma are the right ones. Honestly, i don't even remember what the left buttons do....
True... but somehow I still found it possible to occasionally forget that and start hitting the wrong one's.

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