Originally Posted by scrapser
First let me say I've never owned a bike computer. I know they've been around for years but just never got around to buying one. Now that I'm looking at actually owning one I have found from reading threads here and elsewhere they are not a simple purchase. Wired versions are much more reliable than wireless and heat and weather seem to be an important consideration, too.
So, my situation is I'm looking for a bike computer for my recumbent. I want speed, total distance, and cadence (any other readings are icing on the cake). I want to be able to read it from 4 feet away since I have underseat steering and it will be mounted on a "T" mount that sits out in front of me on the frame.
I looked at the PDF manual for a Cateye Strada 200 series. The instructions say the magnet must be no more than 3mm from the sensor. I looked at my bike for mounting both the speed and cadence sensors. The distance between my frame and my crank arms is roughly 2 inches and a bit more between my front wheel spokes and the fork.
Here are my questions. Is there a well established model that has a good reputation for reliability? Do the sensor mountings come with spacers and adjustability to deal with the spacing I must overcome as described above?
I don't think I want to get into wireless as I've read too many negative accounts of them failing due to various types of interference and other weirdness.
I am a newbie, and all thumbs when it comes to mechanical things. With that said, I have a Strada on one of my bikes. The magnet fell off or I knocked it off. I got another magnet from a store and put it on myself. A major job for me!!
I also had a Cateye Vectra laying around for a year, because I figured I didn't have enough mechanical skills to install it. Well, after reading about my Strada, I gained a little confidence. BTW, I got 9 bikes too..
I pulled out the Vectra, read the instructions again, and the 3 mm distance too, I UNDERSTOOD that very well. I installed the Vectra on one of my bikes and it works perfectly. The trick on the 3mm distance is, the magnet that you put on the spoke, make sure it is facing the the sensor. Also, the sensor unit is MOVEABLE. So, it was a simple matter for a non-mechanical person like me to install the computer.
Also, IMO, the wireless is the way to go. More things to mess with if you go with a wired one, for people like me with no installation skills IMO, wireless is the only way to go.
Hope this helps..