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Old 10-24-05, 08:01 PM   #1
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What is a good cyclocomputer for a Swift?

Since the bike folds, I would assume a wireless device would be preferable. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't want to fiddle with buttons while I'm riding, and I'd like a nice, easy-to-read display. That's why I was considering a wireless version of the Topeak Panoram. It looks like the necessary info is all right there, no need for excessive button-twiddling while rolling. Also, the numbers look big (at least they do at performancebike.com...haven't found an LBS that stocks it yet).

Is this a good device, or is there something better (i.e., more resilient, lighter, easier-to-read, more functionality, etc.)? I'd prefer not to spend more than the price of the Panoram, though.

Thanking you in advance for your help, I remain,

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Old 10-24-05, 08:52 PM   #2
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Pick whatever appeals to you. Just remember a couple of things:

1.) The distance from the top of the bars on a stock Swift and the approximate center of the front fork is about 24 inches (61cm). You need to know this distance if you're getting a wireless cyclometer, as this distance is significantly longer than on a big-wheeled bike. Most wireless cyclometers have a max range between transmitter/receiver of 60-70cm, so be sure and check the documentation of the product you plan on buying.

2.) Pick a cyclometer that can accomodate the smaller 20-inch wheel circumference. Again, check the product documentation.

I'm using a Sigma BC-1600 cyclometer with the longer rear-wheel wiring harness kit (because the standard Sigma wiring harness is not long enough to cover the long handlebar-to-fork distance of folding bikes). I originally bought the Sigma with the wireless kit, which worked really well when it did, until one day it just died (not sure why ).

Since the handlebar/stem assembly on the Swift doesn't fold like a Dahon, the wiring harness is not really an issue, and therefore shouldn't deter you from getting a more reliable and cheaper wired version of your cyclometer.
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wireless kit for the sigma died .... well if not the obvious ( namely batterys) than Sigma prides itself with a pretty good customer realtions ( I.e. warranty ) find the importer and send it to them , they usually will replace the unit for you..

by the way, your friendly independent bike dealer might even have a test station from Sigma and he can find out the problems ,, usually with the same end result

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I picked up a standard wireless for my Dahon, no problems. You might need to figure out the wheel diameter yourself, but every cyclocomputer I've ever used lets you manually set the diameter. The Panoram looks like it'd take up the entire handlebar, though. Both sides.

Even with a Swift I'd still go wireless, since iirc the handlebar of the Swift can be popped off for a smaller fold.
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Since the bike folds, I would assume a wireless device would be preferable. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't want to fiddle with buttons while I'm riding, and I'd like a nice, easy-to-read display. That's why I was considering a wireless version of the Topeak Panoram. It looks like the necessary info is all right there, no need for excessive button-twiddling while rolling. Also, the numbers look big (at least they do at performancebike.com...haven't found an LBS that stocks it yet).

Is this a good device, or is there something better (i.e., more resilient, lighter, easier-to-read, more functionality, etc.)? I'd prefer not to spend more than the price of the Panoram, though.

Thanking you in advance for your help, I remain,

Purr
Hey Purr, I'm using this db 4LW. Here it is on my Swift It's worked great for a few months and the price has been 'real' right at Performance. I'm using them on other folders as well.

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