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    Wireless Computer for Folder

    Any suggestions for a wireless computer to mount on a folding bike? I've ordered a Dahon Speed 8 and would like to put on a computer when it arrives. Has anyone had problems with the distance between the bars and the transmitter causeing loss of signal?

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    I put one of these on my Dahon and it works great. You can't beat it for $20! Just make sure you get the correct wheel size (circumference?) as it's not in the manual because the wheel size is slightly odd. And when you do, I suggest you write it somewhere on the 'puter because when you do a reset, the computer goes back to the default, not the last entered wheel size.

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    Why not go with a GPS? It's costs more, but Garmin has a nice handle mount and it is so superior to a wireless computer. They also have out some new small units for bikes.

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    I have a GPS and a handlebar mount for it, but it's a bit way overkill for ordinary commuting and general use just to track speed and distance. I do like to use GPS now and then when I ride in unfamiliar areas so I don't miss a turn. Rural areas can be bad about not marking roads.

    Even with GPS, I still use a cycling computer. My GPS does not maintain separate trip and regular odometers.

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    I use Garmin eTrex Venture on my several bikes for a few years now . Very useful, and I am useing the Venture only and when I want to know the distance and the speed. When I go out for fun or on the same route day after day for exercises I do not use it. I also use the Venture in my car and when hiking. They have the new wrist watch size models designed for fitting on bike handlebar, come also with heart monitor. www.garmin.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by supcom
    Any suggestions for a wireless computer to mount on a folding bike? I've ordered a Dahon Speed 8 and would like to put on a computer when it arrives. Has anyone had problems with the distance between the bars and the transmitter causeing loss of signal?
    Most wireless computers have a 60-70cm range, generally suitable for a folder unless it might be a recumbent.

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    Well, I got my new Speed 8 last night and tried using a three year old Specialized Elite Wireless computer on it. The distance from bars to the closest fork mount (right below the brake arms) was about 5 cm too far. I could not get it to work. I even had brand new batteries in the transmitter and receiver and my handlebar post is not extended very far.

    I have ordered a db4lw as recommeded. Hopefully it will have a little further range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supcom
    Well, I got my new Speed 8 last night and tried using a three year old Specialized Elite Wireless computer on it. The distance from bars to the closest fork mount (right below the brake arms) was about 5 cm too far. I could not get it to work. I even had brand new batteries in the transmitter and receiver and my handlebar post is not extended very far.

    I have ordered a db4lw as recommeded. Hopefully it will have a little further range.
    The range is FCC dictated 1) to avoid interference with other communications, and 2) to avoid interference with other riders of wireless computers when riding in a pack.

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