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Old 03-11-07, 12:03 PM   #1
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Free cycle computer - rice krispies (now with pictures)

free with 5 UPCs or 1 UPC and $4.99 s/h
http://www2.kelloggs.com/Promotion/P....aspx?PID=7060




i saw it on rice krispies, you can also find it on other kellogg's kids cereal. i figure it can't be that bad.

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Old 03-11-07, 02:23 PM   #2
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It's shape and button location look like a Cateye to me. I wonder how many different people in the world make the operating chips for basic bike computers. I'll bet there aren't very many.
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The funny thing is, it's probably only worth the $5 for s&h hehe.
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Old 03-11-07, 02:37 PM   #4
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that was my thought as well. i have an older astrale (cc-cd100) and this looks very similar. i had a weak urge to get another wire assembly so i could use the astrale on my daily beater, but this was cheaper. the only thing i'm a bit worried about is programming this one. i'm not sure how or if they will let you change the wheel size.
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Old 03-11-07, 04:37 PM   #5
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The funny thing is, it's probably only worth the $5 for s&h hehe.
It would be "worth" at least $20 if sold at an LBS though, eh? Maybe $40 with the right brand name. Wonder if there is Rolex brand anywhere?
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Official word: http://www2.kelloggs.com/Promotion/P....aspx?PID=7060

I'm tempted. Zip tie it to my stem and not worry about it being stolen.

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the only thing i'm a bit worried about is programming this one. i'm not sure how or if they will let you change the wheel size.
How could it work without wheel size? I can't imagine not having that option.
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The only problem is that you need to pour milk over it to get it to work.
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yeah, i have that link at the top captain. i wouldn't be surprised if they had a preset wheel size. i don't think the target market of this free product will be concerned with the accuracy of their mph. i will be very happy if it can be configured, though.
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yeah, i have that link at the top captain. i wouldn't be surprised if they had a preset wheel size. i don't think the target market of this free product will be concerned with the accuracy of their mph. i will be very happy if it can be configured, though.
wow, how did I miss that?

Conversely, the target market also has bikes with wheels smaller than 26", so the error is not just a few percent.
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I like how you already attacked your box with what looks like a dull knife.


edit: And I totally want that computer. And I am totally gonna buy 5 boxes of froot loops for it.
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Most of the cereals listed are the super sugary kind...I reckon you might need the cycle computer after eating 5 boxes of those Anybody calculate how many calories you will need to burn off

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The only problem is that you need to pour milk over it to get it to work.
Does it go "Snap,Crakle,Pop"?
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Most of the cereals listed are the super sugary kind...I reckon you might need the cycle computer after eating 5 boxes of those Anybody calculate how many calories you will need to burn off

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5 boxes (apple jacks) + milk = 10,400 calories.
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How could it work without wheel size? I can't imagine not having that option.
with those types of computers, you have to have the magnet/pickup a precise distance from the center of the axle.
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5 boxes (apple jacks) + milk = 10,400 calories.
Is that all? I can eat that many calories in a day, anyway. Bring it on!
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with those types of computers, you have to have the magnet/pickup a precise distance from the center of the axle.
why?
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Is that all? I can eat that many calories in a day, anyway. Bring it on!
Woops, I left out the milk. Grand total with skim milk = 13,600. With whole milk = 16,400. Cereal alone = 10,400 calories.
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with those types of computers, you have to have the magnet/pickup a precise distance from the center of the axle.
No you don't. The entire wheel, regardless of the distance from the center of the axle spins at the same rate.
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Woops, I left out the milk. Grand total with skim milk = 13,600. With whole milk = 16,400. Cereal alone = 10,400 calories.

Mmmm... Even better.
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I've had bad luck with cheap computers resetting themselves (calibration and all) at random moments in the middle of a ride. Of course the price ain't bad if you eat lots of apple jacks...
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No you don't. The entire wheel, regardless of the distance from the center of the axle spins at the same rate.
No it doesn't. the rim has a higher velocity than near the hub. The time it takes to make a revolution is the same.
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I've had bad luck with cheap computers resetting themselves (calibration and all) at random moments in the middle of a ride. Of course the price ain't bad if you eat lots of apple jacks...
There's really no reason to get that. $12 will get you a bombproof gigantic 5 line display computer from MEC that's 100x better than that.
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No it doesn't. the rim has a higher velocity than near the hub. The time it takes to make a revolution is the same.
Whatever. I suck at explaining. The key point here is that the magnet and the pick-up sensor read the same if the magnet is mounted 1cm above the center of the axle or if the magnet is mounted at the rim.
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go get a few packs of them and go weigh them at the fruit section, look for the heavy box...
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Whatever. I suck at explaining. The key point here is that the magnet and the pick-up sensor read the same if the magnet is mounted 1cm above the center of the axle or if the magnet is mounted at the rim.
do you even know what you're talking about?

so, without being able to input a tire diameter, how else would the computer know to display the correct readings? oh yeah, it wouldn't

since the cheap computers have no way for you to input a different diameter, it has only one preset, and you have to match that up with a very, very specific distance from the center of the axle in order for you to get a correct reading.

you think you can just put a magnet anywhere and the computer would automatically display the correct reading? this is true for computers where you can input your precise tire diameter, but NOT for these cheap computers.

go ahead, try and prove me wrong

if anyone can get their hands on the instructions from this computer, it will say exactly how far the magnet/pickup have to be from the axle.

please son, don't give me the rolleyes when you've got no clue what you're talking about.
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