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Old 06-24-09, 01:09 AM   #1
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Cyclocomputer?

Im new to riding,and seen these Cyclocomputers. I dont really need one,but thought it would be cool to know how long a ride and speeds etc. Plus little gadgets like this keep me interested
I just had a few questions.. I read some review on the cheaper wireless units like in the $20ish range and most people said it wasnt very accurate in any aspect,anyone have one in this price range thats wireless and works well?
If anyone was down this road and was to buy one of these units would you buy wireless or wired? Please recommend a decent unit for $50 or less.
Im just looking for the basic features like miles traveled,mph and time.
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Old 06-24-09, 12:57 PM   #2
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you want basic? I just bought a $10 Bell compubike at Target. It has ODO , TeMp, Cal burn, Distances, backlight, Time, Max Speed, AVg Speed, Fat burn, Horoscope ...etc

wired installation was easy though is probably longer thatn a wireless.
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The wireless units have a battery in both the head and the sensor. You have to 'wake up' the head unit with a button press every time you use it. Also, the wireless ones will sometimes lose connection to the head and will need to be reset occasionally, not like with the wired ones. I've seen some that for the price you're looking at in the dept stores that seem like they'd work well. (Myself, I prefer ones with cadience, and they can run from mid 30s to 80+)
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The wireless units have a battery in both the head and the sensor. You have to 'wake up' the head unit with a button press every time you use it. Also, the wireless ones will sometimes lose connection to the head and will need to be reset occasionally, not like with the wired ones. I've seen some that for the price you're looking at in the dept stores that seem like they'd work well. (Myself, I prefer ones with cadience, and they can run from mid 30s to 80+)
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Wireless units are subject to power-line noise. This is the reason the wireless computers need to be reset. Just get a cheap wired computer and save yourself some money and headaches. Running that wire is not hard to do at all.
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I've got a Cateye Strada Wireless ... no problems whatsoever.

Currently sells for $50 or so.

But, I've seen some basic computers (and that's all my Strada is) for $20 or less at Target. I'd get one of those.

I even saw a wireless version for that price.

I'm skeptical that they are less accurate ... that part is pretty simple (a program that counts revolutions and converts to distance). I would expect any computer to be as accurate as another, as long as you plug in the correct tire size.
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I have a Cateye Strada wired which I bought because I didn't want to fool with wireless issues. It's very simple and has been very reliable.
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I have a $20 wireless Bell that I bought at Walmart. I use distance, speed, time and average. I have compared it to a GPS programe I have on my BBY (distance, speed and time) and so far it has been flawless.
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I've had a Vetta wireless T2X torpedo that hasn't been reset since I set it up last year.

Probably a little more than what you are looking for, but I guess the less expensive wireless models may not be as reliable.
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Im new to riding,and seen these Cyclocomputers. I dont really need one,but thought it would be cool to know how long a ride and speeds etc. Plus little gadgets like this keep me interested
I just had a few questions.. I read some review on the cheaper wireless units like in the $20ish range and most people said it wasnt very accurate in any aspect,anyone have one in this price range thats wireless and works well?
If anyone was down this road and was to buy one of these units would you buy wireless or wired? Please recommend a decent unit for $50 or less.
Im just looking for the basic features like miles traveled,mph and time.
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you want basic? I just bought a $10 Bell compubike at Target. It has ODO , TeMp, Cal burn, Distances, backlight, Time, Max Speed, AVg Speed, Fat burn, Horoscope ...etc

wired installation was easy though is probably longer thatn a wireless.
Just got the same one this weekend at Target....put it on my mountain bike, but haven't had a chance to use it yet.

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Just be careful with the wire between the sensor and the computer. I have snapped mine a half dozen times ( i have a folding bike )... It is a pain to reattach.
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