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    Computer mounting and cable set up.

    I'm looking into finding a decent computer, for $100 or less (pref less), and I was curious as to how they look when they are mounted and set up on bikes, if you have pictures of your bike with it set up or can snap a couple shots quickly that would be grand.

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    For about $10 you can get a Schwinn 6 function at Walmart. I have 2 and they have lasted a long time (1 on each bike). A besso mount from Minoura placed on you stem, saves bar space and your ready to go

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    I have an inexpensive one and just found some pics of it on the internet. The pics show the main unit on the bars and the sensor on the fork. You attach the sensor with zip ties, I prefer to use zip ties with a color color similar to my bike - meaning the silver bike gets the translucent ties and the dark blue bike gets blue or black ties. the re bike, red ties, anyway you get it. for my next computer that I will ount today I will attempt to mount it on the stem. this way I will have more room for my hands and lights. I found a picture of what that looks like too. when wiring you attached the sensor or the mounting bracket on the bars and then loosely wrap the wire any way you want. then attach the remaining end. meaning if you attach the bracket first then you end by mounting the sensor, etc. the other thing you mount is the magnet on the spokes. at least that's how mine works, and it works great. one of these pictures shows that as well. finding the right spoke, the right spot on the spoke and the corresponding spot on the fork takes a little adjusting until you get the sensor as close to the magnet as possible with them tapping each other as the wheel spins. don't worry you can figure all this out - it's not rocket science. :-) I also found a site with the instructions on wheel circumference and it shows the sheet that came with my unit. you asked about wiring and installation not computer factors so i won't get into that.

    good luck ith your install! :-)

    http://www.foldsoc.co.uk/birdy/sensor.jpg

    http://drivemybike.wordpress.com/200...ycle-computer/

    http://www.electrical-res.com/cycle-...heel-diameter/

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2145/...c5481106_b.jpg

    this picture shows what the bracket looks like mounting with the unit attached. these slide on and off so you can bring it with you. the skinny thing on the right is for a light
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    I have mine mounted on the bar. If you stay close to the stem you don't lose any hand space to speak of. I also mount it so that I can tilt it forward or backward (snug but not tight) depending on time of day and sun light. This adjusts the glare that I get at times. I don't think you can do that if you mount on the stem. I use a Cateye wireless cost me about 50 bucks. Has everything I need. Take a look at the Planet Bike computer, good price, good quality not as many features.
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    I just bought a Schwinn computer from Walmart today. Cost me $11.xx. It was easy to install imho. I first mounted the receiver on the fork loosely and then the magnet. Flipped the bike upside down, attached the computer to its stand, and spun the front wheel till I got a reading on the computer. Adjusted the placement of the magnet and receiver, then ran the wire up on the inside of the fork, and wrapped around the front brake cable. Check to see if there was any binding with full turns. Once everything was good, I mounted the bracket to my handle bar, tightened up all the zipties and cut off the excess, and took the bike out on a test run to see if everything was working properly. I needed to adjust the magnet placement to get a solid reading. All in all, I'm satisfied with the product and glad I didn't spend twice, or three times what it had cost.

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