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    Bike computer

    I just got a new bike and would like to get a new computer for it, I want something simple, that will show speed,time,MPH, distance, and cadence. Also wireless, or wired? Any sugestions will be greatly appriciated.
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    If you already have a smart phone, there are free apps available that will track and display speed, time, average speed and distance. If you want to see it while you're riding, then you need a mount for it. And to get the cadence you're interested in, you'd need a bluetooth cadence sensor (unless you've gone the extra mile to get Ant+ to a phone, which would allow you to get an Ant+ sensor instead).

    If you don't have a smartphone or would have to buy a mount, you might prefer to buy a wired or wireless bike computer and get all the features you are asking for for one low, low price. I've had a few Cateye models over the years and always been satisfied.

    Mainly, I wanted to point out the smartphone option, especially if you don't want to see the data while you're riding. Otherwise, I'll leave it to others to suggest their favorites and why they prefer wireless (appearance, ease of installation, portability) or wired (reliability ...).

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    Pretty much any of the computers available will do the job just fine. Buy online or from your local bike shop.

    I've never used a wireless computer on one of my bikes. They are sometimes prone to interference, and you need a battery in both the sensor and the computer. When the sensor battery wears down, weird things happen. But of course, they are wireless, so you don't have to run wires, and it's easier to move the thing from bike to bike, if that's a concern.
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    I have and like the Cateye wireless computers. Mine doesn't have cadence ( I just ride for pleasure ), and have never experienced problems after 6 or 7 years. Mine also has the capability to store 2 different sets of history, so if you have two bikes that you ride, all you need is an extra wheel sensor and handlebar mount, and you can transfer the computer form bike to bike. I know you can get a model with cadence, so in my opinion, Cateye is a very good choice.

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    I picked up a refurb Edge 500 and the new Garmin magnetless sensors a few months ago, great setup.

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    gundogblue, since you have the same needs as I do I am going to hijack your thread a bit, hopefully it helps up both.

    Anyone have experience with the Cateye Strada Double Wireless? This appears to meet the needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athens80 View Post
    If you already have a smart phone, there are free apps available that will track and display speed, time, average speed and distance. If you want to see it while you're riding, then you need a mount for it. And to get the cadence you're interested in, you'd need a bluetooth cadence sensor (unless you've gone the extra mile to get Ant+ to a phone, which would allow you to get an Ant+ sensor instead).

    If you don't have a smartphone or would have to buy a mount, you might prefer to buy a wired or wireless bike computer and get all the features you are asking for for one low, low price. I've had a few Cateye models over the years and always been satisfied.

    Mainly, I wanted to point out the smartphone option, especially if you don't want to see the data while you're riding. Otherwise, I'll leave it to others to suggest their favorites and why they prefer wireless (appearance, ease of installation, portability) or wired (reliability ...).
    There are a couple of problems with smart phones. First is the expense, of course. Then there is the weather proofness of the unit. Some do well in wet weather and others get turned into a hockey puck. Then there is the accuracy. I've used cell phones to track my routes in lots of locations but I also use a wheel computer. The maximum speed that is tracked on my phone can be extraordinarily higher than what my maximum speed recorded on the bike computer is...like 10 mph. I'm fairly certain I didn't hit 55 mph on a rainy descent of New Found Gap in the Smoky Mountains. I'm dumb but not that stupid

    Finally, the other problem I have with the smart phone is the power requirements. Tracking my routes can burn through the battery is pretty short order. That's not a problem for one to two hour rides but rides that stretch to 4 or 6 or 8 hours drain the battery before I get to my destination.

    As for a computer to do all you want, gundogblue, I'd suggest a Sigma 16.12 wired. It has all the features you want for about $40. Wireless 16.12 cost about $90. Second mounts are cheap and can be configured for 2 different wheel sizes so you don't have to reprogram when riding different bikes. You can even get a docking station to download data.

    The unit is very rugged as well. Mine has been through the wash several times and it just keeps going.
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