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Old 06-14-13, 02:10 PM   #1
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good computer around $200 for the basics?

hi everyone,

i'm waiting on my new bike and was wondering what you guys recommend for a good basic computer under $200.
something to tell me basics, speed, distance, calories burned, but very accurately.
on my old bike i've got a small silver and red sigma computer (not sure of the model) which has worked fine for the past eight years, but it's getting a bit long in the tooth so i feel it's time to upgrade.
i would prefer one that has the sensors running into it since i feel they're more accurate, but maybe technology has advanced to the point that those aren't a necessity anymore?
i mainly stick to riding on the roads/paved trails- nothing crazy.

thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 06-14-13, 02:23 PM   #2
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Would avoid computers now, and just go with a GPS (all that you are asking for can be gained through downloading data to Strava / Garmin Training Center), a Garmin 200, which is a great entry level GPS is $129.99 on Amazon.com, you may be able to find a better price if you looked, an alternate brand is Bryton, who make good GPS. No need to worry about any sensors with GPS, as it's a self contained unit.
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Old 06-14-13, 06:28 PM   #3
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calories burned, but very accurately.
Calories is not going to be accurate unless you have a power meter.

Bontrager Node 2.1 will do what you want for around $200 for the computer, speed/cadence sensor, and a HRM.
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Old 06-14-13, 07:51 PM   #4
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wife got me a garmin edge 200 (same as mentioned above: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1) for my birthday last week. i love it. its small, lightweight, unobtrusive, easy to use, and charges via USB and you can import your routes and maps to mapmyride.com without issue.
it tracks your route, time, speed, etc. doesn't do calories, but mapmyride does that when i've imported the ride.
perfect entry level, and honestly all i'd ever need or want.
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Old 06-15-13, 12:00 AM   #5
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I used a Motorola Motoactv for a year and it was really a great device. I love the GPS function over wheel sensors. Now I just use my iphone with the map my ride app. It's really a spectacular app
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Old 06-16-13, 05:02 PM   #6
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wife got me a garmin edge 200 (same as mentioned above: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1) for my birthday last week. i love it. its small, lightweight, unobtrusive, easy to use, and charges via USB and you can import your routes and maps to mapmyride.com without issue.
it tracks your route, time, speed, etc. doesn't do calories, but mapmyride does that when i've imported the ride.
perfect entry level, and honestly all i'd ever need or want.
+1 I've had the Edge 200 for just over a year now and never feel the need for anything more. It's survived many a monsoon...
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Old 06-16-13, 05:11 PM   #7
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Garmin 200 is a fine gps unit.w I load files and us the breadcrumb trail for all my club rides
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Old 06-19-13, 12:44 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the excellent feedback, folks; much appreciated!
Looks like the Edge 200 it is!
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