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    Cyclometer set-up instructions

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    Which cyclometer company has easy to follow instructions? The Sigma almost drove me crazy trying to program it. Is Cateye easier to follow? I know I'm at fault for not being digital, but I want a cyclometer for under fifty bucks that has cadence and that I can program without another case of apoplexy. Any help much appreciated! VicM

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    I have a cateye on two of my bikes, (a hare-lip on the other) just do a roll-out of the wheel and enter the numbers. Cateye has their instructions online http://www.cateye.com/en/manuals/66

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    I have had success with Cateye instructions, and I'm not one to succeed easily with things of this nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicM View Post
    Friends,

    Which cyclometer company has easy to follow instructions? The Sigma almost drove me crazy trying to program it. Is Cateye easier to follow? I know I'm at fault for not being digital, but I want a cyclometer for under fifty bucks that has cadence and that I can program without another case of apoplexy. Any help much appreciated! VicM
    It's definitely not your fault. I have BEE and a masters in engineering science and they often leave me stumped. Of course I could be stupid.

    Both mine are Cateye, but I'm not impressed with the instructions. Way too complicated, but you'll eventually figure them out.

    Heart rate monitors are worse. I just upgraded mine. I downloaded the manuals of all those I was considering and studied them. It was the only way I could tell what they actually did and if I was willing to try to operate them.

    Kudos to Garmin as I not only bought their monitor, but a GPS receiver as well.

    You might consider downloading the cyclometer manuals and see which seem the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
    I have had success with Cateye instructions, and I'm not one to succeed easily with things of this nature.
    Have used Cateye for years and no problems---Till I change the batteries- then "Where are the Destructions". Now have got a drawer in a fileing cabinet for all those silly bits of paper that come with new things.

    Funny thing is that I got a Garmin 305 earlier this year- No set up problems on this at all. All the menus come up and you press buttons to Y or N. Never had to reset anything on it since I got it.
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    Cateye here. Their instructions are on-line which is beneficial
    to folks like me with failing eyesight. The in-the-box instructions
    are an eye-test at best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Funny thing is that I got a Garmin 305 earlier this year- No set up problems on this at all. All the menus come up and you press buttons to Y or N. Never had to reset anything on it since I got it.
    It was the Garmin 305 (Forerunner) that I was referencing in my post. It proves that devices can be designed to be user friendly. A few extra buttons as in the 305 facilitates an easier menue structure is my theory.


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    I've got a Sigma. The programming isn't so bad -- it's the truly awful instruction booklet. Really hard to follow. If they'd put all the English instructions together in a single section it would probably be readable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmorey View Post
    I've got a Sigma. The programming isn't so bad -- it's the truly awful instruction booklet. Really hard to follow. If they'd put all the English instructions together in a single section it would probably be readable.
    I've had a couple of Sigmas and I agree wholeheartedly. It was several years ago, and it's sad if they have not managed to improve the booklet since then. But I've had good e-mail exchanges with their customer service when needed.

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    I have Sigmas on 3 bikes and a Blackburn on the 4th. The instruction book for the Sigma is terrible the Blackburn was a little better. Thank goodness for a my LBS for the set up instructions.
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    I've had Vetta computers on my bikes - RT77, RT88, V100. Easy to program and easy to read.
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