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Old 01-12-12, 10:00 PM   #1
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Looking to purchase a computer for the bike; mostly to track hills. I like to ride dooing multiple climbs. What is the difference between wireless and wired?
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Old 01-12-12, 10:24 PM   #2
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Wireless requires two batteries and can be interfered by high output lights or high capacity power transmission lines. And no, can't give you recommendation of a model.
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Looking to purchase a computer for the bike; mostly to track hills. I like to ride dooing multiple climbs. What is the difference between wireless and wired?
Wired uses wires, wireless doesn't. ;-)

I have a CatEye Adventure, which tracks elevation and slope. I'm generally pretty pleased with it. It uses a digitally encoded signal, so I don't get interference from lights/neon signs/etc, unlike some of the other less expensive wireless bike computers we have in the family.
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I have a similar question. Recently getting back into riding after a decade or so off. I had experience with simple bike computers from the mid 90's but I'm totally lost now. What should I be looking for? What should I avoid (brands, features, price ranges, etc)? I guess some computers use GPS technology... are those super expensive? Are they worth it? Any guidance would be appreciated.
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GPS technology means you know where you are, and can track (via software on computer) where you've ridden, and view performance on sections of a ride, rather than peaks and averages. In some units, navigation is possible, either via predefined routes or to user-selected points. I love GPS, but I have a decent lifestyle and can afford them. Some may find it excessive, etc.
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While mine(Blackburn Delphi 6.0) doesn't have GPS technology, I have avg./max. cadence, avg./max. speed, avg./max. heart rate, altimeter, date, time, ride time, total time. I thought about replacing it with a GPS-enabled bike computer. But since the GPS would probably not be removable, I didn't want it to increase the likelihood of my bike being stolen.
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