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Old 12-20-10, 08:55 AM   #1
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Cateye Strade computers

Anyone else use this computer? I bought one last June to replace an Astrale 8. Worked fine for a month, then would stop registering during a ride. I got it replaced free of charge (plug for REI here). The replacement has been fine, until Saturday and yesterday.

I had good luck with the Astrale 8, but am a bit gunshy now on the Strada, and maybe on other Cateye computers.

Yes I would like a Garmin, but maybe that will be later this year.
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I'm sure this doesn't apply to you, but in the LBS where I help out, the biggest issues with non-functioning computers are missing magnets, putting the front wheel on the wrong way round and damaging the wiring harness lifting bikes on and off car carriers.

We tend to find Cateye's to be one of the more reliable computers.
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Had nothng but problems with a Cateye Strade computer.
Gave up on using it.
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I'm sure this doesn't apply to you, but in the LBS where I help out, the biggest issues with non-functioning computers are missing magnets, putting the front wheel on the wrong way round and damaging the wiring harness lifting bikes on and off car carriers.

We tend to find Cateye's to be one of the more reliable computers.
The magnet is in position. And the computer will start again without adjusting anything (seemingly). I will stick with another Cateye then, at least for now. I will check back with REI, to see if I can get some type of credit. They are pretty good about it.
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Had nothng but problems with a Cateye Strade computer.
Gave up on using it.
I liked using it better than the Astrale 8. I do want a wired computer (had interference problems in the past with wireless models, but that could be because they were cheap models).
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I use the Strada Cadence - wired on two bikes. I would say it's 99% reliable. When it stops working, I'll just trigger through the functions and it will provide data again.

I've concluded that it's the connections between the head unit and the mount that is less than reliable. Triggering the unit improves the contact.

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I have been using a Cateye Mity 8 for many years with no problems at all. Also a Cateye Enduro on my MTB has been trouble free.
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I use the Strada Cadence - wired on two bikes. I would say it's 99% reliable. When it stops working, I'll just trigger through the functions and it will provide data again.

I've concluded that it's the connections between the head unit and the mount that is less than reliable. Triggering the unit improves the contact.

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I've had two Cateyes and the only time they stopped working was when the battery was dead or the contacts got dirty. I've found I have to clean the contacts after the bike gets wet or has been ridden in dusty or dirty conditions. Cleaning off the contacts has solved the problem for me.
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I've had two Cateyes and the only time they stopped working was when the battery was dead or the contacts got dirty. I've found I have to clean the contacts after the bike gets wet or has been ridden in dusty or dirty conditions. Cleaning off the contacts has solved the problem for me.
I will check that . I rode thru a lot of rain about 3 weeks ago, but nothing since. It could be the contacts need cleaning. I would rather not replace or upgrade now, as I am considering a Garmin at some point.

Thanks for the tips
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I've got a Strada Cadence (wired) on my road bike and, after 2 years, it's still going strong. Never a problem and really easy to use. I've toyed with going for the wireless and putting the wired one on on my wife's road bike but have seen mixed reviews on the wireless (usually interference issues).
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I've toyed with going for the wireless and putting the wired one on on my wife's road bike but have seen mixed reviews on the wireless (usually interference issues).
I have an inexpensive Performance Ascent wireless (the house brand for Performance) on my second bike. At one specific point on the road a few miles from my house the current speed will jump to 60 mph (there is a small dish on the roof of a building). While it is nice to have a higher average speed, I do like to know what I am actually doing. I have not made the jump to wireless for that reason, but I ma not sure if it is just because of an inexpensive model or if it happens to all wireless computers.

I have heard this is not an issue with Garmins or other computers using GPS.
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I have a cateye strada that worked fine for a while, but then began to give me intermittent problems that stemmed either from a poor connection with the computer or with the magnet pickup. Recently, the problems have become worse, but I haven't spent the time to figure them out b/c it's on a bike that I use rarely. I have a suspicion that the problem is in the wire contacts inside the computer casing, which might be hard to fix.
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Cateye Strada? I had two of the derned things, and had nothing but trouble from them, and an extraordinarily short service life. I've had really good results from Cateye computers, but the Strada is simply junk.

I've standardized on their Enduro 8 wired models... they work pert near every time.
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Cleaning off the contacts has solved the problem for me.
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I'm using the Strada with cadence (wired), ~3 years now. Clean the contacts & apply a dab of dielectric grease occasionally.
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