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Old 05-10-07, 06:58 PM   #1
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Bike riding with a mechanical watch

Hi All,

I have a nice Seiko diver's watch that I wear on a velcro strap. I normally don't wear it when i ride (i've been using a digital watch instead) but I was thinking about starting to wear this watch now on my rides. It's a mechanical watch, with a self-winding mechanism. The watch gets wound by the movement of my arm.

Does anyone ride while wearing a mechanical watch? Do you think the bumps/vibrations are OK for such a watch? I ride on the road, but there are some stretches of unpaved bumpy roads along my route. The ride is kinda rough along these stretches (I've lost two blinky lights that have popped off my bike while riding on these stretches).

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no idea about the watch
but
the rides you describe are what i plan to do as i begin this sport
what bike do you ride?
i am having trouble selecting a bike
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Old 05-10-07, 07:07 PM   #3
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Do you clap while wearing your watch?
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The watch should be fine. It would be bad if you let it wind to a stop however.
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Old 05-10-07, 07:53 PM   #5
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archermd,

i bought a Giant OCR3 road bike last year. i didn't really (and still don't) know too much about bikes, but I made the purchase decision based on the price and the local bike store's recommendation. I also have an older Trek 800 mountain bike (13 years old) and I do ride it a lot, but I wanted something lighter and quicker. When I was in junior high and high school I had a Raleigh "sport touring" style 10 speed that I road all over northern NJ (I grew up in Bergen county). I loved riding that thing and when I told the LBS guy about my old Raleigh, he suggested the Giant OCR3. It is a 2005 model and I bought it in 2006 so I got a good price on it. It was something like $130 less than the regular price since it was an older model and since they had 4 or 5 of them in stock at the time.

I like the Giant OCR3 - it's a responsive and fast bike. However, if I had to do it all over again, based on how I like to ride, instead of buying a road bike, I think I would have bought a dedicated touring bike. I don't really ride very fast, but I enjoy riding far and seeing the sights. I think a slighlty heavier touring bike (but not as heavy as my all-steel mountain bike) would have been a better choice for my needs. I would like the wider rims and tires on a touring bike plus I would prefer having cantilever type of brakes for descents on some of the big hills near where I live.
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I wear a Seiko automatic snx427k2. It has withstood more than two years of daily wear on a mechanic and a fair amount of offroad riding, with no trouble, altho I did crack the crystal on a steel door frame. Had the crystal replaced for $45 and no other problems.

Automatics have a slipper(called a castle nut?) that keeps the watch from gettng wound to tight.
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Your watch could cause interference with a wireless cyclometer.............or, maybe that was something else I read about..............................
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I am not sure if the road vibration will hurt your watch. I broke my self-winding Benrus by wearing it while shooting archery.
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hello from a fellow archer who is about to take the plunge and try biking
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Some have the opinion that "sharp" shocks like hitting a golf ball, shooting a handgun/rifle, and road vibration aren't particularly good for mechanical watches. My personal feeling is that a mechanical watch will not be hurt by road vibration since there is lots of "material" to absorb much of the frequencies. Mechanical watches need comprehensive cleaning and adjustment every five or six years anyway, so any issues would be identified at that time.
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Thanks for the many opinions. I was once wearing an automatic watch while I used a leaf blower. I had forgot to take it off. It got damaged by the vibration - the date function would no longer work. Everything else worked fine, but the numeric date wouldn't turn and kinda stayed stuck between two numbers.

I posted over on a Seiko forum also and got mostly positive replies (indicating that the watch would be OK) but had a couple of cyclists who warned against it. ONe fellow noticed that when he wore his Seiko auto while riding (mountain biking) it would lose accuracy over the course of the ride by 5 minutes (where it normally would only do this after running straight for a month or so).

Anyway, I think I may wear it since the ride is mostly smooth, with only a few stretches of bumpy, bone-jarring roads.

Great forum! Thanks for the replies.

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When I worked in the shipayard, I frequently used a chipping gun while wearing a cheap Timex self wind.
Watches lasted about 2 years, which seemed to be typical of a Timex 30-40 years ago.
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no idea about the watch
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the rides you describe are what i plan to do as i begin this sport
what bike do you ride?
i am having trouble selecting a bike
Any road bike you can fit 700c x 35mm tires on.

State that criteria at the bike shop although the selection may be somewhat limited. Take Mr Peabody's Wayback machine to 1975 and every bike in the place including Eddy Merckx's bike could wear 32mm rubber. Nowadays most of the roadbikes have forks and brakes that are so tight that only useless skinny tires will fit. So you might consider a used bike. But there are bikes being built for decent size tires, you just have to find the right bike shop that knows about them.
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Old 05-11-07, 10:13 AM   #15
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You could practically save a whole pound by now wearing your divers' watch.
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Old 05-11-07, 12:22 PM   #16
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roadfix - you're right about that! the watch is pretty hefty, but it's on a velcro strap (the strap is made by Timex - I bought it at the local Target store - great strap) so I don't really notice the weight. The padded velcro strap is very comfortable.
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