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Old 05-24-09, 01:01 AM   #1
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Cycle computer that turns on automatically?

I searched.

Is there a cycle computer (of any type) that turns on automatically, after it registers the wheel has started to turn or something? For the life of me I cannot remember to turn mine on when I start off on a trip, so I never know how many miles I ended up doing.

While I'm on tour I really want to keep track of exact mileage, so if there was a computer that would eliminate the need to turn the stupid thing on each time, that'd be perfect.
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Old 05-24-09, 01:23 AM   #2
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VDO computers do this.
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Old 05-24-09, 01:26 AM   #3
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I have a Delphi 4.0 wireless that turns on automatically 2 mins into the ride. Which is nice because it improves your average speed by not including the slow takeoffs.
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Old 05-24-09, 04:43 AM   #4
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Cateye call it "Auto Start/Stop"... Most (all?) of their computers have this function:
http://www.cateye.com/en/product_listing/51

Mity 8 is a classic, Enduro 8 is sturdier and a good touring computer IMO
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Yes, most have auto stop. The latest Cateye Strada wireless did away with the manual start/stop capability of older generation wireless models, now its auto start/stop only.
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Old 05-24-09, 04:55 AM   #6
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if you want to go GPS, the garmin models have auto pause/start
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Old 05-24-09, 05:05 AM   #7
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my sigma 906 does it, probably all of their models do?
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Cateye lets your select if you do or don't want this feature like mentioned above.
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All of the specialized computers have auto start/stop as well...I think most computers you can buy today have that feature.
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All of the specialized computers have auto start/stop as well...I think most computers you can buy today have that feature.
Man I must've bought the only one that doesn't

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FIE3R8

Thanks for the input, I'll buy pretty much any other computer made then.
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Man I must've bought the only one that doesn't

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FIE3R8

Thanks for the input, I'll buy pretty much any other computer made then.
LoL- and from the 1 star review on the link you provided you're probably better off with "any other computer made" :-)
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Every bike computer I've ever owned has turned itself on automatically when it detected the magnet passing the sensor. My problem is remembering to set the tripmeter to zero at the start of a ride.
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It's just a setting on the computer. The description even says: "Auto sleep for battery power saving." Maybe it just wasn't set that way by default.

Check the manual and figure out how to turn auto sleep on.
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It's just a setting on the computer. The description even says: "Auto sleep for battery power saving." Maybe it just wasn't set that way by default.

Check the manual and figure out how to turn auto sleep on.
"auto sleep", not "auto wake up". It goes to sleep on its own after 5 minutes of no riding, but it doesn't turn itself back on when you start biking again. You have to push the damn button on the unit to wake it back up, or when you're starting out from scratch.
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I haven't had one that didn't turn on automatically in about 12 or 15 years ... but I do recall I had one like that way back when. Seems to me it was a cheap Canadian Tire computer.

I've been using Cateye and Topeak computers for years now and they all have the Auto Start etc. functions.
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Is there a cycle computer (of any type) that turns on automatically, after it registers the wheel has started to turn or something? For the life of me I cannot remember to turn mine on when I start off on a trip, so I never know how many miles I ended up doing. ...
"Of any type": Yes, wired. You didn't say in your original post, but your model is probably wireless. Every wired model I know of is "auto wake-up". That's why I don't use wireless, they're worthless if I don't remember to click it until I'm rolling back up my driveway.

According to some of the posts above, there seem to be some wireless models that now do this. But after trying a couple of wireless models and returning them for lacking this essential feature, I still can't think of a good reason not to just use a wired model.

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Every bike computer I've ever owned has turned itself on automatically when it detected the magnet passing the sensor. My problem is remembering to set the tripmeter to zero at the start of a ride.
Bingo. My $10 Scwhinn model does this.
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Both of mine do.
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"Of any type": Yes, wired. You didn't say in your original post, but your model is probably wireless. Every wired model I know of is "auto wake-up". That's why I don't use wireless, they're worthless if I don't remember to click it until I'm rolling back up my driveway.

According to some of the posts above, there seem to be some wireless models that now do this. But after trying a couple of wireless models and returning them for lacking this essential feature, I still can't think of a good reason not to just use a wired model.

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All of my cycle computers turned on automatically (Cateye and Sigma). I just bought a new one and it doesn't!!!! Very Very Very annoying.

Do NOT buy Filzer cycle computers.
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Cateye lets your select if you do or don't want this feature like mentioned above.
This feature can be turned off on a strada wireless? Do you know how to make that change or where the setting is?
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