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    Watches with big numbers

    I hate having to put my reading glasses on in order to check the time while I'm cycling. Any suggestions on a watch with nice, big, easy-to-read numbers?

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    Is this big enough for you, lol:



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    This Protege bike computer shows the time (in addition to all the usual stuff like speed, avg speed, etc.), and the display is quite a bit larger than most other models.

    http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-9-...pr_product_top

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    T4: Big enough, but not exactly my style. I was thinking more along the lines of a Casio or something similar.

    Benge: Thanks, but I'm more interested in a wrist watch.

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    Go retro!

    With traditional analog watches (remember watches with hands on a dial?) all you have to be able to make out is the general position of the hands.

    I went retro over ten years ago and never need help telling the time. In fact, I went so retro there's actual machinery inside my watch. No quartz and batteries here! Self-winding so that's not an issue either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    Go retro!

    With traditional analog watches (remember watches with hands on a dial?) all you have to be able to make out is the general position of the hands.

    I went retro over ten years ago and never need help telling the time. In fact, I went so retro there's actual machinery inside my watch. No quartz and batteries here! Self-winding so that's not an issue either.
    Mine too---Colibri Skeleton watch for me. It isn't self winding though.
    It is a pocket watch, my workplace doesn't allow wristwatches.
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    Had to retire on disabiliy a year and a half ago. Yes I'm the lucky one, I'm disabled but I can ride a bike. I was constantly looking at my watch every few minutes at work, everything I did was on a timetable. I watched the clock for 37 years. The day my company terminated me I threw my nice Seiko watch down through the woods. I'll never wear another wristwatch again. Now I use the sun. If its dark its time to go home.

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    Check the Timex "Easy Reader" styles. They're not high-end, but the numbers are pretty big and they seem to work ok.

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    The Casio is what I use. Its the one that's sold at Target or Wal-Mart. I think its called the "G-Shock" model. It has a large digital display that can be flashed when you press a button in case of darkness.

    It is powered by a solar cell. There is a backup battery inside, but I haven't changed it in over 5 years. The time automatically calibrates because it receives a signal from somewhere. The times I need to change the setting is when I'm traveling say from west coast to east coast.

    I think the cost was like 70 or 80 dollars.

    I used to have the Timex model but it wasn't solar and did not have the automatic calibration of time.

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    L.L Bean has some nice easy-to-read watches.

    http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/53786?from=SR&feat=sr

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    You're in the Fifty Plus group and all you have to wear is READING glasses??? Grrrr... On the other hand I do remember those days of stuffing reading glasses in my shirt pocket along with all my other paraphernalia. It was almost a relief to finally have to wear bifocals. I bought a Timex Expedition (analog), about $30 because the Y wouldn't put a clock in proper place on pool wall. It is water RESISTANT, but I've been swimming with it since April without leaks. I do wear 2x swim goggles though. But I bet that YOU could read it without glasses. And jump in a river at the end of your ride.

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    +1 to those who say "retro". Screw digital watches. An analog watch with 2 hands can be read and understood in a fraction of the time it takes to distinguish the numbers and parse the meaning of digital watch. Do a test - take one of each kind of watch (perhaps set to different times), set them down on a table covered with a piece of paper. Stand above the table so that both appear far away. Uncover each for a fraction of a second and see which one allows you to recognize the time quicker

    I teach and when I am in the middle of a lecture and want to know how much time I have left before class is over, I steal a very quick look at the analog watch on my wrist and even a glimpse at an acute angle gives me the information I need. The same applies to cycling - a quick read of the analog watch on my wrist takes much less of my attention than getting the info from my cyclocomputer.

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    I have another idea. Try bifocal riding glasses (dark or clear or yellow.) That's what I do, and it's great. I always wear some sort of riding glasses for sun, wind, and bug protection. Since I have discovered bifocals, that's all I wear now.

    If you are a riding glasses snob (no offence intended,) you may have to do some digging on your own. I know Maui Jim has some upscale bifocal sunnys.

    Me, however, are quite a bit more price sensitive.

    www.boomersintheknow.com

    or

    http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/safreadglas.html

    I got like 10 pair (dark, yellow, and clear) and I keep a pair in each car and several in various strategic locations around the home and garage. For the price you can't beat it.
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    I've got a large-display Wal-Mart special that I wear to work; about $10-12. Been working perfectly for almost two years. No-name brand sports watch, the face is about the size of a silver dollar.

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    http://www.sunandski.com/ProductDeta...=9407067340800

    I'm a big fan of this watch. I recently bought my second one on amazon for $30... but they don't have it in stock there right now. It has a big watch face and good size numbers.
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    With naked vision any timepiece on my wrist or handlebars is just a blur, no matter what size the numbers or hands. Cheap bifocal safety glasses solve that problem while riding.
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    If your out riding-you don't need a watch!

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    OP, these may be a bit more expensive than you're looking for, but I've found their watches to be very reliable and quite easy to read, especially if you go for one like the Chronosport that doesn't have a lot of complications (sub-dials).

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    They are LARGE watches (although not as big as that linked picture), so if you've got a small wrist, these might not sized for you.

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