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    Cycle Computer Recomendations

    Summers here my knee seems all healed up and i enjoying my short rides on the cycle again (i trying to work up to more than short but baby steps i dont want to reinjure my knee). Also gona put myself on a diet this summer as i gona try getting seriouse about looseing weight 285lbs currently.

    So in the interest of weight loss i figured id start makeing myself some goals, something to shoot for. GO for a ride at least three times a week and try building distance every week. But in order to know the distance i kinda need to know how far i have gone SOOOOO.

    I gona head down to the bike shop but was wonderin if you guys had any recomendations??

    My bike is a Giant Boulder SE. I mostly ride on the road and a groomed trails but somtimes i play a bit in the ruffer stuff (if i do though the rides are real short LOL damn that tires me out).

    Eventually i want to get myself a more road oriented bike (thinking Trek fx7.3) so it be good if it work on something like that too.

    My goal this summer is to get my weight down to 265lbs if i can pull that off i will get my self a new bike for next year.
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    Check out the Sigma Rox series, if you dont care about GPS, this is the way to go.
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    Hey Tiny - Congrats on the good knee. I just got a garmin 401 for $160 - it is a little pricey but what I like is the fact that you can use it on any bike or while hiking. with the optional heart rate band it also can give you feed back on target fitness zones and such. I must admit though I don't have the band yet but it seems like a cool concept.

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=30026

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    If you don't need garmin but yet are considering a road orientated bike(go drop bar by the way get anything with cadance it will help you in the long run or ride!
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    Cateye Strada/Cadence (single wire mounting).

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    I recommend doing without, but that's after being off-and-on with three or four of them over the last decade. Sometimes the info you get is handy, but it's easy to get into overload. I'd rather do without.

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    I'd go with something simple. All you really need is Speed, Distance, Time, and maybe Cadence because it does help alot on road bikes. Everything else is just nice to have information but not necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Cateye Strada/Cadence (single wire mounting).
    I have the Cateye Strada Double Wireless - similar but wireless. I like having the cadence info when I am climbing hills. Would be nice to be able to download ride info and GPS/elevation, but it would just be for my personal curiosity. I can't justify the Garmin's price for personal curiosity. YET
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    oh hey Tinybear.

    If you have a Royal Bank visa that collects points, they have a Polar wireless you can order.

    I'm a big fan of wireless now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paisan View Post
    I'd go with something simple. All you really need is Speed, Distance, Time, and maybe Cadence because it does help alot on road bikes. Everything else is just nice to have information but not necessary.
    ... and an odometer! I guess that's not as important if you got the bike first, and it's never 100 % ( because the computer will rarely but occasionally cut out for a few miles ), but it's just so wonderful to have. For geeks, leastwise; I got my bike in July and have put 2,100 miles on it.

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    I second the Cateye Strada Double Wireless. I bought a Cateye without cadence first, but then I keep reading these boards and start wondering what my cadence is, so I moved that one to the mountain bike and upgraded to the computer with cadence. It's nice to know.

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    I love my Garmin Edge 305. It produces alot of information which I track via software on the computer. Between it and the software I am able to see where i went, where I went fast, where I got the best workout and the software is even able to congregate the info. I like to look at my calories per week and my miles per month (for the 500 mile month thread here).

    In the past I've set and met a goal of 7k calories a week (7000 calories = 2 lbs of fat). Now I'm just working on the 500 miles per month.

    I started at about 250 lbs last spring and I'm down to 198 now. Can't say this is due to the cyclometer but it sure has helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divtos View Post
    I love my Garmin Edge 305. It produces alot of information which I track via software on the computer. Between it and the software I am able to see where i went, where I went fast, where I got the best workout and the software is even able to congregate the info. I like to look at my calories per week and my miles per month (for the 500 mile month thread here).

    In the past I've set and met a goal of 7k calories a week (7000 calories = 2 lbs of fat). Now I'm just working on the 500 miles per month.

    I started at about 250 lbs last spring and I'm down to 198 now. Can't say this is due to the cyclometer but it sure has helped.

    +1 on the Garmin. I have not priced them recently, but I am sure the prices have come way down on the "black and white" display models.

    My 305 collects a lot of info. I like being able to watch my cadence and hr while riding. I find it very rewarding to see my distance and elevation gain after a ride. It helps keep me motivated to try to do better. I have also found that looking at different screens can be distracting (and releiving) while on a long ride or climb. I keep the calories data on my primary screen and it is very motivational.

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    I love my Garmin Oregon. It does everything you're after very well ... there's a "bike computer" mode with your heart rate, speed, trip distance, and whatever else you want, on the same screen as an elevation plot. If you have a track or a route to follow, the elevation plot will show you what's ahead.

    The Oregon is pretty expensive, but they make a cheaper version without the maps, using the same hardware. I think the Dakota is about the same thing, but again without maps. I don't know their line very well, though.

    If you do get something that outputs gpx files, get SportTracks. It's a freeware database of stuff you've done outdoors, and will give you reports on the mileage you've done, number of calories burned, etc, in great detail and with cool aggregates, and will let you save maps and elevation plots. For me, all of this becomes a great motivator.

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    My Garmin Edge 500 actually makes the ride even more fun. I got it with the heart rate stuff and it's nice to review how I did and upload the routes to the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    I love my Garmin Oregon. It does everything you're after very well ... there's a "bike computer" mode with your heart rate, speed, trip distance, and whatever else you want, on the same screen as an elevation plot. If you have a track or a route to follow, the elevation plot will show you what's ahead.

    The Oregon is pretty expensive, but they make a cheaper version without the maps, using the same hardware. I think the Dakota is about the same thing, but again without maps. I don't know their line very well, though.

    If you do get something that outputs gpx files, get SportTracks. It's a freeware database of stuff you've done outdoors, and will give you reports on the mileage you've done, number of calories burned, etc, in great detail and with cool aggregates, and will let you save maps and elevation plots. For me, all of this becomes a great motivator.
    The Dakota 20 is a smaller version of the Oregon..I use the Oregon 550T which does everything and also has a digital camera built in.. If you are going to use for bike computer, you must get the Dakota 20 series, it is compatible with garmin bike accessories while the Dakota 10 is not.. Has all the same featuresas the Oregon minus the 3d mapping option..

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    I use the Oregon 550t, too. The camera is very disappointing, but otherwise it's a great unit. I love having the info there when I need it cycling ( rarely the maps, although I'm not too proud to say they've saved me while I was exploring neighboring towns - mostly the altitude, and stats on my ride ) and being able to make maps when I get home.

    Thanks for clarifying on the Dakota!

    This is from the 550t's camera ... good enough to show your friends what they missed out on.


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    I really like my Cateye Strada Cadence but even a $10 cyclocomputer from Walmart will work quite well if you are just tracking ride distance and/or speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
    I really like my Cateye Strada Cadence but even a $10 cyclocomputer from Walmart will work quite well if you are just tracking ride distance and/or speed.
    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBear View Post
    and i enjoying my short rides on the cycle again
    Very good! I don't think he's up to needing a Superduper Maxwell Smart Garmin 5000 right now!..I think he just wants to track his "short rides".

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    Wow lots of recomendations LOL.

    I picked up a cheap simple Treck Wireless from the shop yesterday. It does not do candce but i figure if i make my goal ths summer weight wise i will get myself the new road bike and a better computer to go with it.

    Thanks all for the help.

    On quick question though. Why the recomendation of getting a drop bar bike when i do hit my goal and am looking for a new bike? I have some issues with my right hand (kinda crushed it with a truck many years back) so putting any weight on it for legthy periods of time is painfull and i end up loosing all feeling in it for some time. I figured a drop bar would put even worse strain on my hand so have been looking more at hybird commuter bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBear View Post
    Why the recomendation of getting a drop bar bike when i do hit my goal and am looking for a new bike? I have some issues with my right hand (kinda crushed it with a truck many years back) so putting any weight on it for legthy periods of time is painfull and i end up loosing all feeling in it for some time. I figured a drop bar would put even worse strain on my hand so have been looking more at hybird commuter bikes.
    People rec'd the drop br bike because they had no idea you had a hand problem.

    Actually, many rider strart on straight bar type bikes, some mtn bike, some hybrids. As you develope a s cyclist and start doing longer riders, 100 miles for example (century), the advantages of a drop bar is ttat there are more hand positons for comfort along the course of riding 2100 miles. Then there are the advantages of narrow high pressure tires and speed, less rolling resistance on looooong mileage days.

    Not to say a mtn bike is capable of 100 miles, just more efficient on a roadbike (drop bar bike)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBear View Post
    ...I picked up a cheap simple Treck Wireless from the shop yesterday....

    ...One quick question though. Why the recomendation of getting a drop bar bike when i do hit my goal and am looking for a new bike? I have some issues with my right hand (kinda crushed it with a truck many years back) so putting any weight on it for legthy periods of time is painfull and i end up loosing all feeling in it for some time. I figured a drop bar would put even worse strain on my hand so have been looking more at hybird commuter bikes.
    Be aware that the cheap wireless cyclocomputers tend to suffer from interference. Going under power lines or even sitting outside a grocery store with automatic doors can case your speed to read its max so total mileage will be effected.

    As for the recommendations about drop bar road bikes, they give you many hand positions and you may find they actually help your situation. You don't ride in the drops a lot, most people spend most of their time on the hoods which can be quite comfortable. I wouldn't rule them out without giving them a try once you are ready to move on.

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