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    Computer, do tell!

    I keep reading about "computers" for the bike... can someone please elaborate?

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    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    Get the one that has all the features you're interested in at the cheapest price.
    I like this one --> http://ecom1.planetbike.com/8003.html
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    You must be REALLY new to all this! It almost sounds like you've never heard of a bicycle computer before.

    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_l...=1274257119667

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/SubCate..._200279_200295

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    Bike computers are simply devices that display your current speed, distance traveled, etc. They're basically a combination odometer / speedometer for your bike. Most have the same basic features: current speed, average speed, maximum speed, distance traveled, time ridden. The more you spend, the more features you get: i.e., some will display temperature, altitude, cadence, heart rate... -- you name it, you can find it.

    They consist of three parts: there's a magnet that's mounted to your front wheel, there's a magnet sensor that's mounted to your fork, and there's a display that's mounted to your handlebars. The computer is tracking how many times the wheel is going around (courtesy of the magnet), and then through a little math, it can then display how fast you're going.
    "There is more to life than increasing its speed" -- Mahatma Gandhi

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    Cyclocomputer or simply computer.
    The marriage of a digital watch and an odometer.
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    For not much more money and installation effort, you can get a computer with a cadence meter, which is really helpful. If you're interested in learning how to ride properly, or would like to do longer rides, the cadence meter can give you very valuable feedback to keep your pedalling speed in the range that will ensure you stay as fresh as possible for as long as possible.

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    $10.00 Schwinn computer at Walmart or Target, best computer I have so far, simple to operate and it's wired. I have a wireless that continue to run after it's been off the bike giving false reading such as max speed of 76MPH and other weird measurements. I basically have 3 different computers for 3 different bikes but I may take the wireless of the other and replace it with the $10.00 Schwinn.

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    I have a wireless cateye that stops working when I turn my lights on.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    I have a wireless cateye that stops working when I turn my lights on.
    It's weird. My wireless made by Ascent run off me when I try to take the measurement and record them. I got to be quick to remember the reading as I scan for the data or else I would have VERY unreliable data or guesstimate data to collect and record on a spreadsheet. Don't really know what is causing it but it occurs mostly when I have it next to my cell and wireless laptop. Before the computer I was using handheld GPS but then it's measurements goes out of wack when I pass under high voltage power lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    You must be REALLY new to all this! It almost sounds like you've never heard of a bicycle computer before.

    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_l...=1274257119667

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/SubCate..._200279_200295

    Uh.... very new..Never heard of a bike computer before... went to Walmart and they hadnt either. They did not know where to send me to look. Not with the bikes, not with electronics.....maybe they are only online?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imagonnabike View Post
    Uh.... very new..Never heard of a bike computer before... went to Walmart and they hadnt either. They did not know where to send me to look. Not with the bikes, not with electronics.....maybe they are only online?
    They are with the bike accessories at the WalMarts and Targets around these parts. Next to the hand grips and lights, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imagonnabike View Post
    Uh.... very new..Never heard of a bike computer before... went to Walmart and they hadnt either. They did not know where to send me to look. Not with the bikes, not with electronics.....maybe they are only online?
    It didn't occur to them that a bike computer would be in the bike department! These could be the same ones that just assembled 5 bikes the same morning.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imagonnabike View Post
    Uh.... very new..Never heard of a bike computer before... went to Walmart and they hadnt either. They did not know where to send me to look. Not with the bikes, not with electronics.....maybe they are only online?
    Imagine that. Wow. I would never have guessed a well-stocked bicycle shop like Walmart would never have heard of bicycle computers. Who would have thought.



    Go to a real bicycle shop ... or sporting goods store like REI, MEC, Anaconda, Decathlon, or GoSport.

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