Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Bikes: 84 Trek 660 Suntour Superbe; 87 Giant Rincon Shimano XT; 07 Mercian Vincitore Campy Veloce
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Wireless? I thought you said you wanted something that didn't cost a lot of money and needed reliability? Wireless cost more then wired computers, and wireless are not as reliable as wired. Wireless will not last as long plus you have to deal with two sets of batteries, one set in the computer and one set in the sending unit, the sending unit last about 8-12 months (at least in a Cateye), while the computer bats will last 3 years or more. Wireless sometimes will lose information near high power wires but I never had that happen on my Cateye; the sending unit will freeze up during below freezing rides again no info on the computer; the sending unit seems to be short lived according to others that reported on this before here, mine lasted 5 years (Cateye replaced the first sending unit for free a year after the warranty expired, so I had the computer for a total of 7 years with 2 sending units). My last wired computer lasted 18 years!
Cateye Strada dollar for dollar is the best value for the money and will last. If your putting it on a mtb consider the Cateye Enduro 8, it has a thicker wire. The Strada comes in either plain, with cadence, or wireless with or without cadence.
Everyone will have their favorite computer, but your describtion of needs didn't match what your wanting to get. The Planet wireless will average about $45 while the Strada wired will average about $30...but so does the Planet Protege wired if your stuck on Planet computers. I know, it's only $15 difference, but you did say not a lot of cash.
I happen to prefer Cateye because I know that they last and their customer service is top notch. But I'll "probably" never buy another wireless.