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Old 10-28-10, 06:19 AM   #26
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If all you ant are mileage and speed then get a Bell for about $12.00 at Wal-Mart or Target....
If you're buying from WalMart anyway, go $20 and get the Bell Wireless. Running the wire and keeping other stuff from catching it is the biggest hassle of installing a computer. Wireless also allows you to leave the computer in your pocket if you're making a lot of stops in an area where you don't want to leave it on the bike.
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Old 10-28-10, 07:07 AM   #27
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Wireless also allows you to leave the computer in your pocket if you're making a lot of stops in an area where you don't want to leave it on the bike.
I don't know about all brands, but the Avocet and Bontrager/Trek wired computers I've had over the years all come off the bike easily. It's usually only a mounting bracket that's hardwired, and the computer itself clicks into (and out of) it. Simple enough to remove and stash in a pocket.
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Old 10-28-10, 08:13 AM   #28
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure you can remove just about any computer and stash it in your pocket. Running cables isn't really a big deal. They usually come with zip ties, but, if they don't, you can get a big pack at the dollar store or something pretty easy and then you can run as many cables as you like.
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Old 10-28-10, 08:33 AM   #29
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wireless is practically as cheap as wired and a helluva lot easier to switch from bike to bike. infact for $30 more I can just buy a 2nd speed sensor for my polar and simply move the head unit between my two bikes.
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any computer is a step up from no computer. I have three of the $10 Schwinn wired computers that can be found at Walmart and they work great
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CatEye Astral 8 Cyclocomputer with Cadence, $29.99

Hint: use checkout codes 735 and 691 (may expire soon). 735 will knock 15% off one item; 691 will knock 10% off of everything (including the reduced price of your largest item).

That should get that computer down to less than 25 bucks + shipping + tax (if you live in a state where Performance does business).
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wireless is practically as cheap as wired and a helluva lot easier to switch from bike to bike. In fact, for $30 more I can just buy a 2nd speed sensor for my polar and simply move the head unit between my two bikes.
I think just the opposite. An extra wired sensor can be had for as little as $8, has little to no interference from lights or other devices or power lines or cell phones or kid's walkie talkies, doesn't require batteries, and, if you choose the right computer, doesn't require reprogramming the computer when switching from one bike to another. I use the Sigma 1606L which has two different sensor types so that I don't have to change wheel diameter when I use it on my road bike and then on a mountain bike. The computer even has cadence if I want to use it. It also locks in place better than the old Cateye, too. I lost 4 computers in one year because of the poor mounts on Cateye.
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Do any computers out there have a light? I do a lot of night riding, early morning commutes, etc and have to wait until I get under a street light to see the display on my current model. I dont think I need cadence (not sure what to do with that number anyway), just speed, trip time, trip dist.
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no, lights are a whole animal. and so begins your quest to assemble your "cockpit"! :-)
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I've been using the Sigma 1606L. It's been a fine computer. It has an optional cadence (included). Can track two different bikes (additional harness not included). And it has a light. I don't think I've actually used the light though. The manual says to use it sparingly as it uses more power. I cannot compare it to others though because it's the first one I've used.


Ooh. I should add, one of my favorite features of this computer is it's stopwatch. I use that to time my oatmeal and pasta while touring. (I don't wear a watch!)

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I also suggust a cadence meter feature. The wired units are very reliable.
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no, lights are a whole animal. and so begins your quest to assemble your "cockpit"! :-)
I think the question was actually whether any computers have a backlit display. And in my limited experience, the answer is no.
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I have a cheap 10-buck schwinn branded computer, it works fine, but the mount for the display is cheap. Hit a bump one day and it went flying, turned around and went back for it. Now I have some electrical tape running around the outside edge to keep it in the mount and it's fine. No cadence or any fancy stuff, but I can know how far I've ridden and see what speed I'm cruising at which is nice.
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Do any computers out there have a light? I do a lot of night riding, early morning commutes, etc and have to wait until I get under a street light to see the display on my current model. I dont think I need cadence (not sure what to do with that number anyway), just speed, trip time, trip dist.
That's what the 'L' in the Sigma 1606L stands for...light
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I think the question was actually whether any computers have a backlit display. And in my limited experience, the answer is no.
Yes.

Lots of computers have back lights that come on when you press a button. Polar CS200 (also lights at the end of every lap when auto-lap is enabled), Garmin Edge 500 (configurable timeout), many of the Cat Eyes.

The Polar is about $150 with heart rate (a nice strap with conductive fabric electrodes; also available in ANT+ to pair with a garmin); Garmin can be found for $150 without speed/cadence/heart rate sensors if you shop around.

Sigma makes a little LED lamp that goes to the side of your computer, but it's worthless when there's some ambient light but not enough to see the computer and only supposed to last 15 hours on a coin cell (I might live with that if it worked).
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That's what the 'L' in the Sigma 1606L stands for...light
Ahh gotcha - I'll have to look for that. Right now I have a tiny LED light velcrod to the side of my helmet that points down to my handlebars. It does the job and has the interesting side effect of lighting up my face as well.
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the wired cateye strada cadence has done great for me and you don't have the pesky interference/fake readings/battery problems you get with wireless systems (or at least I got with them).
I picked up one of these for $30 including shipping. I'd rate it:
Directions 8
Installation 8
Ability to read with 53 y/o eyes 7. You can easily see the numbers but not the description
Ability to use while riding 10+ Cateye really has this one figured out. You push down one end of the device to toggle screens..... very slick.

It does not include HRM which was fine for me as I can't wear the strap anyway.
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Another vote for the wired Sigma 1606L. Cheap, accurate, and has a backlight.
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jefffred05, If you just want to compare from ride to ride and just curious about how fast you're going any (ie. inexpensive) cyclo computer will be fine. I prefer wired over wireless. I also removed the speedo from one of my bikes as one can become too involved with number crunching to just enjoy the ride.

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