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    Of course there's a fair number of us here who did a lot of riding long before bike computers were available. One option from long ago was a counter with a cog on it that fastened to a fork leg and got tripped by a bolt like thing attached to a spoke. The bolt would engage the cog and increment the counter for each wheel rotation. You had to do the conversion from wheel rotations to distance in your head (or with a slide rule. no calculators back then). If you had a watch, you could then noodle out your speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Of course there's a fair number of us here who did a lot of riding long before bike computers were available. One option from long ago was a counter with a cog on it that fastened to a fork leg and got tripped by a bolt like thing attached to a spoke. The bolt would engage the cog and increment the counter for each wheel rotation. You had to do the conversion from wheel rotations to distance in your head (or with a slide rule. no calculators back then). If you had a watch, you could then noodle out your speed.
    I had one of these on my paper route! Never did I dream in 1977 that someday there would be interwebs, cell phones and computer glasses. With each passing day I become more retro-grouch.

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    I ride approx. 300+ miles a month; same 2.63 mile loop, same sights, sounds, time, speed, etc. Why a computer. Usually do it in 1 hour 14 minutes, 22.3 miles. Just sold my Garmin.

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    I... feel naked without a computer. I love knowing my HR and cadence. Rode with it on a nearly blank screen, and got bored after an hour, switched it back to normal and continued on.

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    Stopped using a cyclocomputer in 2002. No electronics, don't even have a cell phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IlPadrino View Post
    I use my smartphone with Strava to track my rides. It doesn't take away any focus during the ride, but I really enjoy looking at my performance on segments and tracking overall efforts. Does anyone else use Strava?
    ditto, no computers on either bike but track every ride with strava via my iPhone which i keep in my jersey pocket

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