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Old 09-26-09, 01:00 PM   #1
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I'd love to have...

an inclinometer on my bars!

Does anyone make such an item? Or maybe that function built into cyclocomputers... seems a natural extension of having more data available...
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Garmin 305 and I get the shock after the ride when I plug it into the computer. That steep hill was only a 10% and the one I sailed up was a 12. Must be something to do with tail winds.

But the 16% as on the road signs is verified by the garmin as being a 16% slope.
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That function is available on a lot of cycling computers. Garmin and Polar make quite a few models that have it.
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Old 09-26-09, 02:14 PM   #4
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My Trek incite ACH has it. It's one of the screens I cycle through to see if my heart is about to explode.
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Ah, shoulda have added real-time. Yup, I'd like a HRM but I can't use most... half the old ticker is dead (already bought a Polar HRM, it didn't work, tried it on the GF, worked, called them, ooops they did agree to refund me because nothing I read about in the specs mentioned it doesn't work if one had has a MI). Looks like the Polar one that CAN measure it start around 340... too rich for my blood. Wow, the Garmin is only 150 at Amazon... but not real time.

Thanks for the info folks, good to see it CAN be acquired... now if an outfit made one under 100 bucks, I might get very interested.

Oh, I looked at the manual for the Trek Incites.... they don't do inclinometer functions.

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As mentioned above, some computers like the Garmins have them. Minimally, the computer needs to have an altimeter to determine grade. Note that they are not particularly accurate in their instantaneous readinds.

There are also these...

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THAT looks interesting... long as the bubble is VERY well damped, should give on a reasonable idea of slope... Thanks SO MUCH, this looks like exactly what I'd want... especially at around 25 bucks!
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I've seen those level things on a few handlebars around town, I'd like one, too. I have to climb some gnarly hills sometimes, I'd like to know just how steep they are!
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Apparently when furiously mashing up a hill, the bubble can get a tad hyperactive. I've been on a quest to get some replaceable Presta Conti tubes and found a source (biketiresdirect.com). They also carry this item, although out of stock right now. 18 bucks, something like that.
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The normal incite computers don't have a grade (inclinometer) function, only the ACH and ACH digital (I believe). They're about 120 retail, but I picked mine up NIB on ebay for $30. Has all the normal goodies plus HR, Grade, Cadence, Temp, etc. It shows real time grade. There is no downloading the data to a computer for post ride review though.
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I have a built-in inclinometer in my chest. The steeper the climb the harder it thumps.
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The normal incite computers don't have a grade (inclinometer) function, only the ACH and ACH digital (I believe). They're about 120 retail, but I picked mine up NIB on ebay for $30. Has all the normal goodies plus HR, Grade, Cadence, Temp, etc. It shows real time grade. There is no downloading the data to a computer for post ride review though.
Ah, correct you are... the manual I looked at seemed to cover many models so I assumed that was it. I COULD be interested, but MY not being able to use it's HRM is a kind of deal breaker.

I've read some posts saying Trek had sensors inside certain frames... but have not seem Trek SAY that, so it may be doubtful. BUT the concept seems to be an excellent one methinks...
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From reports by guys in my club, these work pretty well, with one proviso: they aren't accurate unless you actually stop to measure the incline.
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