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Old 06-06-11, 12:57 AM   #1
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Why aren't there any good wired computers?

Everybody says wired computers are more reliable and have longer battery life than wireless. But the only wired ones I can find are the stripped down models.

I'm looking for something that can track cadence and hopefully heart rate too. Any recommendations?
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Old 06-06-11, 02:19 AM   #2
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topeak still makes wired ones with nice options

http://topeak.com/products/Computers...akueve1suif0v0
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"good wired" is an oxymoron
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I have a wired Cateye Strada that tracks cadence. It doesn't do heart monitoring, though.
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If you want heart rate, the computer needs to have a wireless receiver in it anyway, so it doesn't cost much more to add wireless magnet sensors. You should be able to find a few wired models with cadence though.

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Old 06-06-11, 11:06 AM   #6
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"good wired" is an oxymoron
Why? I'd chose a wired mouse and keyboard over wireless any day. And wired internet too. It is just more consistent.

Does this not apply to biking equipment?
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Old 06-06-11, 11:18 AM   #7
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Topeak computers look nice, and they aren't too expensive either. Thanks for the tip.

At this point, I'm looking at the Sigma 1909 Triple Wireless, since it has a heart rate monitor as well as cadence. Unfortunately, the digital fonts don't look pretty. Oh well...
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wired cadence can be a big pain with some computers.. There are so many nice wireless models.. If you are looking to modify sixe of data, the garmin's are nice because you can adjust how many fields are seen and what you see..

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Battery life on my Garmin Edge 800 will allow almost 24 hr of riding. It is very easy to recharge. It has cadence, heart rate, maps, temperature, grade, speed and tracks my route. I don't think there is a wired computer that will do all that for a bicycle. Some smart phones will do speed and route but not cadence and heart rate. They also don't have wires.

I stand by my statement that "good wired" is an oxymoron.

Riding a bicycle is different than using a computer in the home. It is also different from using a computer while traveling. I don't have the luxury of connecting a cat 5 cable everywhere I go. I can get wireless internet most everyplace.

My Cateye Strada wireless has been very reliable and I have not expended the batter yet. It also doesn't do cadence, heart rate and routes. I also don't want ugly wires all over my bicycle.

Although I am a Geezer, I am not a dinosaur stuck with old technology.
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+1 Cateye Strada
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+1 Cateye Strada
I guess. I'm still running a couple of Cateye Astrales, the predecessor of the Strada. One is about 8 years old, and it's got a small problem with the max speed jumping too high over bumpy roads, the other is only 5 years old and still perfect.

Good enough?
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I've had zero problems over the past three years with a Blackburn Delphi 3.0. Typical speed, distance, avg, 2 wheel settings plus cadence. Heavier weight wire then a lot of other units. Speed and cadence are on the rear wheel so you can use the computer on a trainer as well as on the road.
http://www.amazon.com/Blackburn-Delp...ef=pd_sbs_sg_5
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Maybe its me but I don't want my speed/cadence computer to do heart rate as well. Nor do I want my heart rate monitor to store mileage data for my bicycles. There are a ton of wired speed/distance computers and several of them do cadence as well. Reliable as a rock. With wireless you have to spend the $$$ to get cadence. You really have to spend if you want heart rate, GPS, etc. in addition to speed and cadence. If you don't think of a speed/cadence/dist computer as "stripped down" you are well on your way to understanding what these things were meant to do in the first place. They aren't stripped down at all. The current crop of mega-function "cycling information kiosks" are actually over-engineered and excessive.

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I put a Cateye Strada on my commuter bike because the traffic signals on my route were making my wireless computer go haywire. It's an excellent basic computer. I use the Cyclemeter app on my iPhone if I want more data, but the basic info I get from my Strada serves my purposes 99% of the time.
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