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Old 08-05-09, 07:20 PM   #1
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Bike computer - which one?

So I'm getting very tired of doing the bike route rehash with my truck and I'm mildly curious as to how fast I'm going etc etc. Any advice on what computer to Buy?
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Old 08-05-09, 07:23 PM   #2
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We've had good success with CatEye models. We gave them away, however, when we made our retirement upgrade which included Garmin Edge 705s for each of us. They track practically anything that might be of interest. (Come to think of it, they don't track the weather for you!)
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So I'm getting very tired of doing the bike route rehash with my truck and I'm mildly curious as to how fast I'm going etc etc. Any advice on what computer to Buy?
Go to Nashbar.com or Performancebike.com and see what they have.

I just installed a computer on my inherited Peugeot UO8

It was one I got free with a package of lights I bought.

I don't spend much on computers - but then I am not into stats.

I like to know how fast I am going and how far.

I am absolutely bored by average speed, as I like to take my time getting places and really see the sights and smell the roses.

I have one of the VERY expensive Garmin 305's, but have never hooked it up on the bike.
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Old 08-05-09, 07:38 PM   #4
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Go to Nashbar.com or Performancebike.com and see what they have.

I just installed a computer on my inherited Peugeot UO8

It was one I got free with a package of lights I bought.

I don't spend much on computers - but then I am not into stats.

I like to know how fast I am going and how far.

I am absolutely bored by average speed, as I like to take my time getting places and really see the sights and smell the roses.

I have one of the VERY expensive Garmin 305's, but have never hooked it up on the bike.
That sounds like me, just want distance and speed pretty much. And I'm a big smell the roses guy myself. Thanks!
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Your choices are quite a few. At a minimum get one with speed, mileage and average speed - most if not all do this. Wireless is nice but for just speed I would not pay the extra $$. If you want cadence (and I would recommend it if you are new to road riding and want to get better) then I would go wireless (I have a VDO). On one of my bikes I just use a Garmin Forerunner GPS.

Nashbar has a nice low end unit for $9.99 however if your are looking for a brand name, I have always like cateye but my VDO works great as well.

BTW - if you buy from nashbar or performance check out the coupon forum, they always have a 10% or more coupon listed.
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My suggestion is to keep it simple and cheap to start, that would be basic speed, time, trip distance and odometer functions. Cateye has good, inexpensive products. I have used a Cateye Mity 8 for several years. I have also had good luck with Sigma's.

I just added a Garmin 305. Steep learning curve and, at this point, TMI! But the ride storing/downloading capability is good. I will likely find it more useful as I learn to better use it. That being said, the Cateye is still mounted and used!!
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Any comments on the VDO C2 DS digital/wireless computer? On sale for $29.99 at performance bike? Do most of you have a wireless set up?
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I have a Cateye (never used) I will send you for nothing if you want it. pm me.
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I have a Cateye (never used) I will send you for nothing if you want it. pm me.
pm sent.....Thanks!
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And the thread ends. Your a good guy jdon

I have a Cateye Velo 8 and it does what I need well. Speed Average Distance Time.

I however have been intrested in cadence and GPS and heart so Garim has been getting looked at for some time now.
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my suggestion is to keep it simple and cheap to start, that would be basic speed, time, trip distance and odometer functions. Cateye has good, inexpensive products. I have used a cateye mity 8 for several years. I have also had good luck with sigma's.

I just added a garmin 305. Steep learning curve and, at this point, tmi! But the ride storing/downloading capability is good. I will likely find it more useful as i learn to better use it. That being said, the cateye is still mounted and used!!
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Old 08-06-09, 08:47 AM   #12
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Thanks everyone - yes, jdon is a good guy
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Old 08-06-09, 09:33 AM   #13
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I look for the features I want.
  • Display - I want the numbers to be big and easy to read without my glasses. I like the display to show both the current speed and the tripmeter. On older computers I had to press a button to switch back and forth.
  • I like wired computers. They're simple, cheaper, and there's one less battery. I see no reason to go wireless.
  • Besides current speed and a tripmeter, I want an odometer, average speed, maximum speed, and trip duration. A clock is okay but I always wear my watch so I rarely use the clock on my computer.
I don't feel a need to know my cadence.

I've also had good luck with Cateye.
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I would stay away from cheap wireless computers as they pretty much all have issues (like showing your speed as 75MPH sitting outside a grocery store). I have a cheap Schwinn branded one from Walmart on my commuter ($10) and it works fine. I went with a Cateye Strada w/ cadence for my road bike ($35 at Performance) and it is great. The Cateye is small, mounts to the stem or handlebars (stem mounting looks much cleaner IMHO) and the speed and cadence pickups are on one wire going to the chainstay.
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+1 for Cateye. I don't use wireless. To me, a bike just doesn't look right without a wire wrapping around the front brake cable housing.
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Never had much success with Cateye so gotta put in a plug for Vetta.
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I use the VDO MC1.0. NOT the MC1.0+ which is wireless and unreliable. I have used various wireless computers and found the ones I have tried to be unreliable, awkward to use, without required features or otherwise unsatifactory for various reasons.

I also use the Garmin 305 on most bikes (in addition to cyclometers) and it works great.
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Cateye has good, inexpensive products. I have used a Cateye Mity 8 for several years. I have also had good luck with Sigma's.
Ditto on the Mity 8--going into my third season with it, I've been very satisfied. And Sigma computers are highly regarded around here, too.
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I use a Garmin 705. As a noobie rider, I find a lot of the features very helpful. Cadence, speed, avg speed. distance hr, hr zones, preset alerts for drinks and ascents.

Total wireless and very easy to move between bikes.

I haven't yet used route planning, straw man or the gps function much yet.

But I will.

I've used Garmin on motorcycles, boats, cars and international travel. Best around.
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Any comments on the VDO C2 DS digital/wireless computer? On sale for $29.99 at performance bike? Do most of you have a wireless set up?
I've used one of those for about a year now. No problems. First used it on a long wheelbase recumbent with a looong way from sensor to receiver. No problem with that.
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Get wired cycle computer, much accurate in taking measurements compared to the wireless. Wireless has a tendency to pick up electronic signal interference from all sources such as cell phones, overhead power lines, wireless computer signal. My wireless gives me false reading with my max speed always at 76MPH. Before the bike computer, I used my Garmin and was reading 100 MPH max speed. So no more wireless for me.
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I have used bike computers since they first came out in the 80's. Used Avocets for the first few years until I found they were not waterproof, and they had an annoying habit of resetting completely when tossed in the miscellaneous compartment of a knapsack with other metal things...

I have tried Cateyes, but I don't like them for two reasons: 1. They are far too easy to reset, and 2) the mode change button is usually on the wrong side if you're righthanded.

I have found Sigmas to be the best for reliability. They take a tiny bit of extra effort to reset, they seem to be OK mixed in the miscellaneous compartment with metal objects, they are impervious to water. The only problem is that they redesigned the attachment in 2002/3. I'm still using pre-2002 Sigmas. The older wireless Sigmas don't work next to a powerful LED headlight, but no problems with the wired units. I've got a newer wireless Sigma on my track bike (wireless is the perfect application for track bikes, where there's no brake cable to wrap the wire around, no supermarkets you're going to ride past, and no headlights to mount, and you sometimes have to change to aero bars for timed events. You just mount a second holder onto the aero bars; saves a lot of time removing the holder from one bar and mounting it onto another.

The only problem with most bike computers (at least with most Sigmas) is that they're not ideal for doing long randonneur-type rides. The clock only goes to 9 hours 59 minutes 59 seconds and then completely resets, so you lose distance/day and average speed, stuff you're likely to need when trying to complete any brevet of over 300 km. The Sigma ROX has enough capacity for the full 90 hours of Paris-Brest-Paris, but it's a $200 wireless unit that records EVERYTHING (heartrate, elevation, etc.).

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Ditto on the Mity 8--going into my third season with it, I've been very satisfied. And Sigma computers are highly regarded around here, too.
Was away from cycling for a bunch of years and recently got back in the saddle. Put a new battery in my old unit and it still works great. Cateye Mity 2.
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i got rid of all my computers and now just use a garmin forerunner. no calibration nessesary. use the same one one all my bikes, and when i go walking or running'
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i got rid of all my computers and now just use a garmin forerunner. no calibration nessesary. use the same one one all my bikes, and when i go walking or running'
+1

Best of all, I end up leaving at home most of the time which improves the ride.
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