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    Computer for stoker?

    I have a wireless computer on our tandem for me, the captain, but want to set up something for my wife. We currently use an old Garmin eTrex, which is bulky and battery-hungry. It seems like her handlebars are too far from the wheel to pick up a wireless signal, and I'm not wild about a hard wired one but I've considered that route. I'm reluctant to spend the $$ on a Garmin cyclocomputer, I'm wondering what other folks do.

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    D'oh! I just saw the other thread on the same subject. I'll look into the Bontrager Node.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazlo View Post
    D'oh! I just saw the other thread on the same subject. I'll look into the Bontrager Node.
    Oh no, that thread was about how to wire a computer. We shouldn't have even been discussing wireless.

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    Cateye V3

    I bought 2 Cateye V3s. Put the cadence/speed sensor on the left rear chainstay. You sync each computer and heartrate monitor individually to the one sensor by putting one computer in a different part of your house while you sync the first computer and do the same for the second computer. The wireless signal reaches from the sensor on the rear chain stay to the computers mounted on the stokers and captains handlebars and both heart rate monitors work with each individual computer. I have had this set up for 2 years without any problems. My wife's mileage is exactly the same as my mileage.

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    Cateye Strada double wireless is my stokers favorite. Easy to install and simple to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazlo View Post
    I'm reluctant to spend the $$ on a Garmin cyclocomputer, I'm wondering what other folks do.
    A refurbished Garmin 305 can be had on Ebay for $125.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    Mavic Wintech works for my Wife.
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    We use two Cateye V2C's with one wireless speed /cadence sensor on the left chainstay. They are absolutely dead reliable with no interference issues of any kind....good battery life as well.

    Bill J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    A refurbished Garmin 305 can be had on Ebay for $125.
    Good to know, I hadn't thought of that route.

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    Stoker's ridden tandem for 36+ years and is not interested in a computer.

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    two computers one sesor

    I have useda Sigma wireless with a front wheel sensor to two computers for the past two years. No problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tandem rider View Post
    Cateye Strada double wireless is my stokers favorite. Easy to install and simple to use.
    +1, this is exactly what we use too.

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    Sigma 1106 wireless mounted on the top tube. Works great!

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    A Sigma 1106 is what I have now. So, you're running 2 computers off the same front wheel sensor?

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    My stoker uses a Planet Bike Protege 9.0, wired. Simple, no buttons, tons of information and the unit is guaranteed for life!

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    We ended up getting an Edge 500, on sale at REI for $199. Using my $174 rebate, I'm only out $25. I have a Sigma up front for me, and switch the Garmin to my solo bike when I need it. So far, we love it. My stoker is happy = I'm happy.

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    Some things a stoker is better off not knowing. Descending at 60 mph plus works better without a computer for the stoker.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
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    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    Garmin GPS

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazlo View Post
    We ended up getting an Edge 500... I have a Sigma up front for me...
    This means two different wheel and/or cadence sensors. The Edge is ANT+, and about the only other computer that is also ANT+ is the Bontrager Node, which makes it the logical second or stoker's computer for those with a Garmin.

    More about the Node here.

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    I have the Bontrager Node 2 on my single bike and like it very much. I will purchase another Node 2 for my new tandem for stoker use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritterview View Post
    This means two different wheel and/or cadence sensors. The Edge is ANT+, and about the only other computer that is also ANT+ is the Bontrager Node, which makes it the logical second or stoker's computer for those with a Garmin.

    More about the Node here.
    Not for us, as we're using the Edge without any sensors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    Some things a stoker is better off not knowing. Descending at 60 mph plus works better without a computer for the stoker.
    Fortunately, since I took the drum brake off, all she can do about it is hit me.

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    Announced today, the Edge 200, a stoker solution for teams wherein the captain has a Garmin. GPS enabled, and can upload.

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    Available: 3rd Quarter, 2011
    Part Number: 010-00978-00
    Suggested Retail Price: $ 149.99 USD

    Bring new life to every ride with Edge 200. This GPS-enabled cycling computer tracks time, distance, speed, location and calories burned. The Edge 200 is ideal for training, everyday and touring rides or any adventure you want to relive later at Garmin Connect™ — our free website for data analysis, mapping and sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritterview View Post
    Announced today, the Edge 200, a stoker solution for teams wherein the captain has a Garmin. GPS enabled, and can upload.
    I also noticed the Edge 200 yesterday. The Edge 500 has always been a bit rich for my blood, but this may fit my pocketbook.

    Chief differences from the Edge 500 appear to be elimination of the thermometer (sorry to lose that) and inability to receive power data from ANT+ devices (not a problem for us).

    Anyone notice any other differences of note?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritterview View Post
    This means two different wheel and/or cadence sensors. The Edge is ANT+, and about the only other computer that is also ANT+ is the Bontrager Node, which makes it the logical second or stoker's computer for those with a Garmin.
    Many of the mid-evel wireless computers are now ANT+ which has a range of over 1m. We run 2 Sigma's (2209 and 1609) off a front wheel sensor. Works fine.

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