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    Cycling Computer for Brompton

    Hi,

    Anyone have a recommendation for a cycling computer that will work for a brompton? Wired VS wireless?

    Also I have a cateye enduro 8, though I am having a challenge mounting it and making sure it works well with folding the brompton.

    Any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamodave View Post
    Hi,

    Anyone have a recommendation for a cycling computer that will work for a brompton? Wired VS wireless?

    Also I have a cateye enduro 8, though I am having a challenge mounting it and making sure it works well with folding the brompton.

    Any advice?

    Thank You,

    Dynamo Dave
    I'd use something based on GPS to avoid wires and/or sensors getting screwed up by the fold or being handled while folded.

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    I've use a Garmin Edge 305 for years because I have to monitor my heart rate, but also wanted something that tracked distance without wires.
    Last edited by ratdog; 06-06-12 at 12:14 PM.

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    the GPS will tell you where you are, often enough.. to calculate speed .

    Havent used a computer on my bike for decade +..

    any one tried one that accepts a measured wheel diameter input?
    rather than just a preset menu, to scroll through..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamodave View Post
    Also I have a cateye enduro 8, though I am having a challenge mounting it and making sure it works well with folding the brompton.
    I have "wired" Enduro 8's mounted on both my Bromptons with no problem.

    Just started to use some of these new Android cycling apps though and I have to admit they are pretty impressive. I do like the trip computers on my bikes though as I can keep a track of how many miles I have done on them. My oldest Brompton is up to 3600miles now since it was new Jan 2010.

    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrysimon View Post
    I have "wired" Enduro 8's mounted on both my Bromptons with no problem.

    Just started to use some of these new Android cycling apps though and I have to admit they are pretty impressive. I do like the trip computers on my bikes though as I can keep a track of how many miles I have done on them. My oldest Brompton is up to 3600miles now since it was new Jan 2010.

    Regards

    Jerry
    Jerry,

    How do you have the Enduro 8's mounted? Front fork? Left or right? Any tips on how you routed the wire?

    Thank You,

    Dynamo Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrysimon View Post
    I have "wired" Enduro 8's mounted on both my Bromptons with no problem.

    Just started to use some of these new Android cycling apps though and I have to admit they are pretty impressive. I do like the trip computers on my bikes though as I can keep a track of how many miles I have done on them. My oldest Brompton is up to 3600miles now since it was new Jan 2010.

    Regards

    Jerry
    Hi Jerry, what apps have you been using? Free or paid for? Thanks.

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    I am not Jerry but I have been using Endomondo - it isnt free but I picked it up when Google had the 99 cent sale last year. Only issue with it depends upon how long the ride is - in about 4-5 hours, it kills the battery flat. I think that is the achilles heel of any smartphone app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmac.to View Post
    I am not Jerry but I have been using Endomondo - it isnt free but I picked it up when Google had the 99 cent sale last year. Only issue with it depends upon how long the ride is - in about 4-5 hours, it kills the battery flat. I think that is the achilles heel of any smartphone app.
    Thanks a lot!

    I saw it in the sale but was wary of excessive permissions; I really need to loosen up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamodave View Post
    How do you have the Enduro 8's mounted? Front fork? Left or right? Any tips on how you routed the wire?
    Mounted on the left hand fork as you look down. I just route the cable up the fork with one cable tie to secure the wire as it goes up, then up to the existing brake/gear cables with another tie holding it onto them and leaving enough slack so nothing catches or snags when riding or folding the bike. I also put another cable tie on the trip computer cable as it exits the dock trying it to the handle bar so it card wiggle and come away from the dock unit.

    Quote Originally Posted by keke View Post
    Hi Jerry, what apps have you been using? Free or paid for? Thanks.
    I am trying two "My Tracks" and "STRAVA" both free

    Can't make up which one I like best, probably "My Tracks" though STRAVA is more user friendly and automatically uploads your results to the web.

    PS Endomondo looks like it is free now so I may give that a go too.

    Regards

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    Endomondo has a free and paid versions. I picked up the Pro version for 10p on a sale. It has a battery saving mode which failed catastrophically for me, but I've just received an email letting me know they've improved it, so I will try that again shortly.

    Thought it might be fun to set up a bicycle forum group, so I've done that: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...oup?p=14330605
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrysimon View Post

    I am trying two "My Tracks" and "STRAVA" both free

    Can't make up which one I like best, probably "My Tracks" though STRAVA is more user friendly and automatically uploads your results to the web.

    PS Endomondo looks like it is free now so I may give that a go too.

    Regards

    Jerry
    Finally! An app that doesn't need to know who I'm calling or need access to all my contacts etc. Thank you!

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    Just used Strava for the first time this morning and I'm impressed! As a cycling newbie it was good to actually see my distances, speed and even elevation (I assume this means inclines that I climbed). I know it's GPS based so may not be entirely accurate but I feel good knowing that I covered 13km today. Gotta be good for my waistline!

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    The Garmin series for bikes uses GPS but it also comes with a wheel sensor (wireless) that keeps everything accurate. I strongly recommend the 310XT with the respective addons.

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    I do like the Sports Tracker APP. It allows you to choose several different activities, and it's free. The problem is battery life, as stated

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    Quote Originally Posted by keke View Post
    I saw it in the sale but was wary of excessive permissions; I really need to loosen up!
    No, they should limit the permissions ;-)

    I don't have a cyclometer on my Brompton. If I want to know the distance I measure it on sites like gpsies.com before or after the ride. Android apps are too demanding on the battery (a spare battery may help, ebay has them for few bucks). Dedicated bikes GPS have much better battery life (I had good experience with Garmin Edge 705).
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