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Old 07-05-12, 11:15 AM   #1
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reliable cyclocomputers you recommend

For speedometers on the bike.
In case i can never get mine to work again.

I like to ask the forum of what types and brands etc you all recommend that you use.
That you have never had a problem with ever?

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Old 07-05-12, 12:13 PM   #2
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Cateye's have always been reliable for me, and I've owned a number of different models over the years. I hate their manuals, however. I've never had a Cateye user manual that was simple to read.

Right now my main road bike has a Cateye Strada Wireless. The only minor issue is due to the way the entire body is the button. Occasionally something hits it for 3 seconds (like my Cakmelbak while getting something out of it) and it resets my trip data. I just need to be more careful about how I hold the Camelbak.

Have a Cateye Micro wireless on the tandem. This was from a trade with another BF member for some pedals. The sensor mount bracket on this is nicely made. Easy to adjust and stays put.
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Old 07-05-12, 12:20 PM   #3
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For reliability and simplicity, get a wired computer. I have a Specialized Speed Zone wired computer, thrown in free by the LBS with the purchase of the bike, with a little over 13,700 miles on it. No problems. It works.

Sigma BC1009 wired computer on the other bike. Not as many miles but no problems.
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Sorry you can't seem to get the old one working. Like Spiff, Cateyes are the best I've used. (Although the Astrale with 25,000 miles on it has developed a sporadic contact issue, requiring semi-annual cleaning and greasing.) My Cateyes don't suffer water intrusion and short out, I've had good luck with the cable harnesses, etc. And I've used them in some gnarly weather!
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I own and have used exclusively the Cateye Strada Wireless, last 3 generations, going back to about 2000.

Never had a single problem.

Cateye sells spare parts at fair price, so you can keep them going for years at relatively low cost.
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Cateye Astrale 8, wired with cadence. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking!
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I have used Cateyes off and on over the years and found them to work pretty well. I have used wireless and wired and prefer wired as I think they are more accurate. I am currently using a Bontrager Trip Three wired as we speak. I purchased it in November 2011 and last week the buttons started to stick. I could not reset the trip reading. Took it back to the LBS and they replaced it for me. We will see how this one works.
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Depends on what your budget is and what kind of information you are looking for. When I got my Synapse last year I wanted heart rate and cadence and went with the wireless Cateye V3. List price is $200 but have seen on sale as low as $135. Easy to install.
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I own and have used exclusively the Cateye Strada Wireless, last 3 generations, going back to about 2000.

Never had a single problem.

Cateye sells spare parts at fair price, so you can keep them going for years at relatively low cost.
I'm happy with my Cateye Strada Wireless. It's more expensive than wired, but worth the extra $ for no wires. I found this on Amazon for $35.
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I used to use Cateyes but after losing 4 of them in one year due to broken mounts and having multiple mounts break the retaining tab, I decided that my wallet needed a break.

I currently use Sigma wired computers and couldn't be happier. The mounts are twist lock mounts which are a better design than the Cateyes. The Sigma also has a mount for a second wheel size which is good if you have more than one bike.
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I have had wired Cateyes over the years with few problems. I think it makes sense to standardize on one brand so the mounts are interchangeable, which has been the case for Cateye. (It looks like they are rolling out a new generation - don't know about the mounts for those). Mounts do wear out every so often.
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