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Old 03-09-06, 04:36 PM   #1
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Wireless computers

Can any one give me the name or model # for a wireless computer. It doesn't have to be fancy and capable of dowloading to my computer, but one that will at least keep track of total miles, and also a separate trip indicator? Any ideas?
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Old 03-09-06, 04:42 PM   #3
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Thanks for your quick response! The price is right. Wow!
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- i have Sigma 500s and 800s, wired and wireless, in use on my bikes... they are simple computers, but have worked well over the past year... one nice thing is that you can reset the odometer (total mileage) after changing the battery...

- but i'll be honest and point out that while wireless is cool, all it introduces is the need for yet another battery (CR2032)... the wired version works well, is dependable, and looks good if you wrap the wire aesthetically...

- IIRC, you still get the wired harness even with the combo deal (could be wrong, but then again, you can also buy a rear harness for use on the trainer)

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Thanks, you have been very helpful. I am new to biking (as an adult), AND I would like to keep track of my mileage over this spring, summer and fall. There are so many computers on the market, I have to admit I found myself very confused. If, I go to my local bike shop, I know I will pay quite a bit for one of these computers. So, again thanks for your input!
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- - but i'll be honest and point out that while wireless is cool, all it introduces is the need for yet another battery (CR2032)... the wired version works well, is dependable, and looks good if you wrap the wire aesthetically...

+1 on this.
I actually prefer wired. As was pointed out, you'll need another battery. Also, if you notice, most of the pros, from photos I've viewed, use wired, I assume because of simplicity and to minimize "cross chatter" in a tight peloton. My $.02
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I actually prefer wired. As was pointed out, you'll need another battery. Also, if you notice, most of the pros, from photos I've viewed, use wired, I assume because of simplicity and to minimize "cross chatter" in a tight peloton. My $.02
+ another. I use wireless, but one of the batteries goes off and the damn thing does not work. The wired computers are less hastle to set up, last longer, and give exactly the details you require. plus the fact they are cheaper.
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I have a Vetta RT77 (wired) on my road bike and on my commuter bike. Very reliable.
I tried a wireless a couple of years ago but it would act up occasionally - like when riding near high tension power lines. It was part of the "package" when I sold my Raleigh last year.
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I have a Cateye CC-CD300DW. I bought it because I have used the wired Cateye Astrale 8 and since it was/is trouble free, wanted to stay with the same brand. I like the three screen display which shows speed, cadence, ride time and distance. I use it in conjunction with a Polar F6 wireless Heart Rate Monitor and there is no crosstalk or skewed readings on either unit. The retail price is $149.95 but you can get one HERE for $94.00 ($101.00 with shipping). If you can do without wireless, The Astrale 8 shows the same info as the CD300DW but you have to switch screen views. I have seen the Astrale 8 on sale recently at either Performance or Nashber for about $30.00.

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Computers are great but don't be slave to them. At the end of the ride check out the final tally. Of course if you're into cadence, speed, etc. by all means focus on the screen. I have quite a few computers and they all have candence count; that's my thing - pedal stroke. The CatEye double wireless CC-CD3000DW mentioned above is fantastic; haven't had it long enough to have battery problems but I'll keep my eye on that issue.

Also in the stable are Campy ErgoBrain, Shimano Flight Deck, and several Sigma's (Ya, I have several bikes). They are all good with some reservations mostly to do with my eyes - not being able to read the screen depending on light conditions. Unfortunately you don't find that out until you've installed the computer and go for a ride. Store lighting is not the same as sun light and shadow on the open road.

Talk to other riders in your area with computers - experience counts the most.
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Thanks to all for your input! I am so inexperienced in these matters and way behind the times. The last bike I owned was a Schwinn 3 speed "Traveler". This bike was given to me as a gift in 1964. I actually rode this bike and all of it's original equipment till 1983.(except for the tires) Then my son used this for one summer and then, after much neglect, it finally became non-functional. I recently bought a diamond back outlook mainly because I can't continue running because it just is too much of a counter-productive exercise for someone of my age. I really enjoy bike riding, and at 55 years of age, it seems to really work for me.
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Thanks, you have been very helpful. I am new to biking (as an adult), AND I would like to keep track of my mileage over this spring, summer and fall. There are so many computers on the market, I have to admit I found myself very confused. If, I go to my local bike shop, I know I will pay quite a bit for one of these computers. So, again thanks for your input!
If you just want functional, I always recommend a Cateye Enduro. They have all of the features that you're asking for and they have a thicker wire that is less apt to break so they're a little more reliable than almost anything else. If you buy it at an LBS, try to talk them into free installation - should only take them 5 or 10 minutes at most.
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Take a look at the Topeak computers......wired and wireless available.
http://www.topeak.com/products/computer_lead.html
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Well... I use a Polar 720i, and my wife Linda uses a 725x. We had Cateye CD-3000W (the double wireless) and just had too many problems. The Polars aren't cheap, but they do work great.

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I have a Cateye wireless and it works perfectly. Only problem is the numbers on the screen are quite small and hard to read.
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Hi, I normally have two, sometimes three "wireless" computers on my bike.
  • I have an inexpensive cateye wireless to show speed & trip mileage
  • Garmin 76 GPS - "maps" where I go & has good trip stats, I don't reset the odometer on this one.
  • Lowrance/Brunton IFinder GPS (sometimes) shows streets/parks etc
I've been using my Garmin GPS as my main odometer since my previous "wired" cycle computer gave up the ghost after many years.
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