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Old 09-21-05, 10:53 AM   #1
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Best backlit cyclocomputer/HRM for night riding?

I need a computer with four features:

1) Wireless
2) Cadence
3) HRM
4) Backlit

So far, all I've found are Polar's high-end watches ($$!!), the Ciclosport ($$$!), and the CS200cad. Unfortunately, the gorgeous CatEye CC-CD300DW/CC-HR200DW won't work, as they obviously lack a HRM and cadence, respectively.

That leaves only the CS200cad. Anyone know how good the backlight is on that? Can it be left on, or do you have to press a button every time you need the light?

Also, if anyone wants to convince me that a CC-CD300DW and a separate HRM are the way to go, I'm open to ideas. But I'm pretty determined to do it all in one computer, if at all possible.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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This could be interesting. I know the price is high, but it will drop with time.

On the Tandem we don't monitor cadence so this works well enough for me. It automatically logs every ride/run/workout for download to included software. It dosen't have mapping features, but the heart rate and speed alarms are nice. Just to make sure I'm pushing like I should be.

So I'm a GPS junkie...

Just food for thought.
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Old 09-23-05, 01:50 PM   #3
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That EDGE 305 looks interesting. It seems like this would be good for the really dedicated rider. Unless of course you are like me, and a tech junkie .
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Old 09-23-05, 02:00 PM   #4
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The Sigma Sport Computer Light mounts on your handlebars and lights the display of all bike computers. 2 rubber rings hold it in place for super quick mounting. Comes complete with 1 lithium battery 3 Volts for 15 hours of constant light.
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That leaves only the CS200cad. Anyone know how good the backlight is on that? Can it be left on, or do you have to press a button every time you need the light?
Holding the middle button on the cs200 activates the back lighting for about 5 seconds. Then pushing any of the buttons thereafter will activate the back lighting for another 5 seconds. So to answer your question, no it doesn't stay on continuously and the back lighting is bright enough to see at night.
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The Cateye backlight sucks. It's a small button on the back and only stays lit long enough to glimpse one function at best. (great unit otherwise). I'm running this computer and love it, but no backlight (at least that I've discovered). It has proven to be less fuss and more reliable than the Polar CS200CAD did for me.
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I forgot to mention...

If you have a powerful headlight and hold a white water bottle up where it will reflect down on the computer it can be brighter than any of the lighted computers. If you have a good enough headlight, you can just hold your hand there. Even with a black glove, as long as your fingers are not covered they reflect the light. Once you get used to it is just as easy as pushing a button or easier, and no battery to use and no extra weight etc. No time limit to how often you can look.

In fact the white water bottle can light up just about anything on your bike, the rear cogs, pedals, bottle cage, etc.

Sometimes less is more.
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