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Old 09-20-07, 10:49 AM   #1
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Computer with altimeter and wirewless cadence

I will soon need to buy a new wireless cyclocomputer, ideally with an altimeter and wireless cadence.
Any of you purchased something of the sort recently?
I read a few previous posts on this, but they date from a few months or years. Things move fast in this field.
I would appreciate your suggestions.
Price should ideally be below 150$.
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I will soon need to buy a new wireless cyclocomputer, ideally with an altimeter and wireless cadence.
Any of you purchased something of the sort recently?
I read a few previous posts on this, but they date from a few months or years. Things move fast in this field.
I would appreciate your suggestions.
Price should ideally be below 150$.
I bought a Blackburn Delphi 6.0, which is wireless, but the cadence is wired. It has altimeter and a HRM, and it was around $169. If I was to do it over again, I would probably go with wired, because this has some oddities when in certain areas where frequency interference caused some issues. The computer would register you going at 50 mph, when you are standing still for a few seconds.

I know VDO is very popular, and they do have the combination you are looking for, but not sure what the retail is. Everyone I talk to recommends if you do get VDO, then you should not get wireless, because it is not too reliable.

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I ordered a Sigma BC 2006 a few days ago. It has not yet arrived. It has an altimeter and a heart rate monitor. It is wireless. It does not have cadence. It uses DTS, which is their description for coded digital transmission in order to preclude interference from static emanating from electrical transmission lines, traffic lights, and so on. There may be a Sigma model that includes cadence. I am not sure. I got a very good price from Nashbar through Amazon.com. The list price is $130. I want it mostly for continuous heart rate display, especially in the winter when I cannot easily roll up my sleeve and touch two bare fingers to my MIO heart rate watch, at least not while riding.

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Get a Garmin.

GPS units now are much cheaper and more capable then the regular bike computer.
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Get a Garmin.

GPS units now are much cheaper and more capable then the regular bike computer.
I agree. I picked up a 305 up at Walmart.com for 269 dollars and then got a 75 dollar rebate from Gatorade or Powerbar (sorry, I didn't really care who sent me the money so I don't remember who it was) for a grand total of less then 200 dollars. You get all you want and more without any of the usual interference from outside electrical sources. Now that I have it, I would have even paid more for it.
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I agree. I picked up a 305 up at Walmart.com for 269 dollars and then got a 75 dollar rebate from Gatorade or Powerbar (sorry, I didn't really care who sent me the money so I don't remember who it was) for a grand total of less then 200 dollars. You get all you want and more without any of the usual interference from outside electrical sources. Now that I have it, I would have even paid more for it.
I was all set to get a Garmin until I talked to a couple friends who have them. Apparently, the battery life on the garmin blows.

Garmin claims 10hrs, which is pretty weak to begin with, if you're into any kind of endurance riding, and I'm told they're lucky to get 6 hrs. out of a full charge.
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I ordered a Sigma BC 2006 a few days ago. It has not yet arrived. It has an altimeter and a heart rate monitor. It is wireless. It does not have cadence. It uses DTS, which is their description for coded digital transmission in order to preclude interference from static emanating from electrical transmission lines, traffic lights, and so on. There may be a Sigma model that includes cadence. I am not sure. I got a very good price from Nashbar through Amazon.com. The list price is $130. I want it mostly for continuous heart rate display, especially in the winter when I cannot easily roll up my sleeve and touch two bare fingers to my MIO heart rate watch, at least not while riding.
None of the Sigmas have altimer, HR and cadence, unfortunately.

I do have the Sigma double wireless unit (1606L) that displays cadence and all the usual functions. However, there are no altimeter or heartrate functions in this model. I had some interference from my LED light, but otherwise it's worked well. I just had to route the power wire away from teh computer head.
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I was all set to get a Garmin until I talked to a couple friends who have them. Apparently, the battery life on the garmin blows.

Garmin claims 10hrs, which is pretty weak to begin with, if you're into any kind of endurance riding, and I'm told they're lucky to get 6 hrs. out of a full charge.
That's the reason I didn't get a Garmin initially. However, that doesn't seem to be a problem since quite a few are using standard USB chargers with their Garmin to extend the duration.
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i can get at least 10 hours out of my garmin using the hr monitor as well as the speed and cadence functions. but maybe im just lucky. i have used a usb charger but that was for rides over 150 miles....
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i can get at least 10 hours out of my garmin using the hr monitor as well as the speed and cadence functions. but maybe im just lucky. i have used a usb charger but that was for rides over 150 miles....
+1. I rode the Cool Breeze and the Garmin was on for over 9.5 hours (note that was NOT riding time), and I still had a bar left on the battery. If I was planning to be on the bike for more than 10 hours, I would bring a mini-USB battery pack.

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I was all set to get a Garmin until I talked to a couple friends who have them. Apparently, the battery life on the garmin blows.

Garmin claims 10hrs, which is pretty weak to begin with, if you're into any kind of endurance riding, and I'm told they're lucky to get 6 hrs. out of a full charge.
I ride with two other guys that have them and we all bought them at the same time. They've never run out of juice even for the Slacker Century and if you read about that ride you know it took forever., I'm sure ours were on for at least 9 hours. Not only that, but really, how many people on this forum or for that matter anywhere are "endurance riders"? If you're one of those very special people who ride for endurance then the Garmin probably isn't for you.
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Thanks for the suggestions.
Does the Garmin include the chest strap for heart rate monitoring as well as the cadence wireless sensor?
And do you know whether if the rechargable battery fails in the long it can be replaced easily?
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I was all set to get a Garmin until I talked to a couple friends who have them. Apparently, the battery life on the garmin blows.

Garmin claims 10hrs, which is pretty weak to begin with, if you're into any kind of endurance riding, and I'm told they're lucky to get 6 hrs. out of a full charge.
I get over 10 hours on mine, with HR and cadence sensors.


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Thanks for the suggestions.
Does the Garmin include the chest strap for heart rate monitoring as well as the cadence wireless sensor?
And do you know whether if the rechargable battery fails in the long it can be replaced easily?
There are several packages, with HR sensor only, cadence sensor only and both, you can also buy the sensors separately, if you have multiple bikes. You may be able to save a few dollars if you research the different options. I bought mine on amazon who had the best price at the time.

I don't know about battery longevity or ease of replacement.
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Just checked and it would cost me about 350$ for the bundle with the heart rate monitor and the speed/cadence sensor. That's a lot more than the price of products like the Sigma, Delphi or VDO... (below 150$).
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Just checked and it would cost me about 350$ for the bundle with the heart rate monitor and the speed/cadence sensor. That's a lot more than the price of products like the Sigma, Delphi or VDO... (below 150$).
On this site, it's 269 and you're still eligible for the 75 rebate to bring it under 200. Lots of people have ordered from this site. Still not below 150 though.

http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?...1fbb2ff2b9a757
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Just checked and it would cost me about 350$ for the bundle with the heart rate monitor and the speed/cadence sensor. That's a lot more than the price of products like the Sigma, Delphi or VDO... (below 150$).
I tried the VDO CS DS with wireless cadence...no altimeter...didn't matter...it didnt work reliably..back it went...still on wired....
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I haven't kept up on this thread ... but can you really get a Garmin, with altimeter, for under $150?
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This Garmin deal is tempting me.. does it still shut out when I pass by high energy field (around power lines)?
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The reason for the higher price is most likely because of the GPS function. Also keep in mind that new models with color and mapping capabilities are coming out (though with higher $).

I'm not a Garmin Edge user, so I don't have any real usage experience.

I do have a Suunto t6 (no GPS nor cadence; not really recommended) that uses the same wireless transmission as the Garmin (ANT), and I didn't experience any interference for the wireless bike sensor and the HR strap. When the battery gets low, I do get weird speed readings though.
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On this site, it's 269 and you're still eligible for the 75 rebate to bring it under 200. Lots of people have ordered from this site. Still not below 150 though.

http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?...1fbb2ff2b9a757
After rebate it comes out to $194 for the Edge 305 Bundle (HR+CAD) or $162 for the Edge 305 HR OR the Edge 305 CAD...

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After rebate it comes out to $194 for the Edge 305 Bundle (HR+CAD) or $162 for the Edge 305 HR OR the Edge 305 CAD...

Thanks for the mention! We appreciate it!
We didn't know about you when we went to wal-mart.com and only found out about the rebate because of a friend who happened across the rebate advertisement. Shipping through Walmart was about 3 bucks and we got them a couple of days later.

[edit] If you are going to get the Garmin and go for the rebate, DO NOT throw away the box or the receipt as you will need them to get your money.
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We didn't know about you when we went to wal-mart.com and only found out about the rebate because of a friend who happened across the rebate advertisement. Shipping through Walmart was about 3 bucks and we got them a couple of days later.

[edit] If you are going to get the Garmin and go for the rebate, DO NOT throw away the box or the receipt as you will need them to get your money.
You know, the biggest advantage we have when you compare us to the "big boxes" (like Wal-Mart) is service! Anybody can compete on price. Our goal is to astonish our customers with our service.

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I have an older 301 unit and got it for about $120 or maybe less. not doubt the best deal to get elev reading and it tracks and able to plot on maps. The new 305 seems much better and at that price..I may be tempted to get a new one. I know the even newer units are out with Nav ability. man...where can i get one so I can surf the web, listen to mp3 and talk to my support vehicle(s)??!!!

I have lots of older computers left, including two Specialized P-Brains, which are almost new, can be for sale if anyone really don't want a GPS unit and wants to have elev. and HR data for say..less than $40.
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You know, the biggest advantage we have when you compare us to the "big boxes" (like Wal-Mart) is service! Anybody can compete on price. Our goal is to astonish our customers with our service.

I can attest that Geoman ships SUPERFAST, Louis.

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The Garmin Edge 305 is highly tempting, but I am leaning toward the Sigma BC 2006. Has altimeter and heartrate and would cost around 100$. Does not have cadence, but that may not be of that much use. Do any of you really use the cadence function of your Garmin on a regular basis?
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