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    What computer do you use?

    I will be getting my LHT Friday and want to get a computer for touring. What do you use on your touring bike? I use a Garmin 500 on my road bike. Think I would like temp reading.

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    I use my Garmin Edge 705 on my road, touring, and mountain bikes.

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    I just use Cateye wireless bike computers on my bikes, including the bike I'm setting up for my first tour. But for my tour bike a friend gave me small Garmin nuvi 1350T .... I don't plan on leaving it on all the time, just turn it on as needed. Maybe use it to find places to eat and stuff like that.

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    Garmin Oregon 550. I absolutely love having maps with me all the time. Gives you scope to change your route any time you like.
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    Think I would like temp reading.
    hows about a thermometer on your jacket zipper pull?,
    thats what I used 25 years ago, it included a rudimentary compass too

    REI ..

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    My old Polar RS300 X with GPS pod. I put the pod in handlebar bag or map pouch. The watch/comp part is small, light and understated enough. No temp or altimeter though. It also doesn't save route data for later review, if you're interested in that sort of info.
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    Edge 500 for the most part since I don't need a map up in front of me. Its easy to charge, I can get 3 days off one charge and the ride is recorded and available for download any time. I have an Edge 800 which I use mostly off road or in new cities and areas I do not know. I would not hesitate to use it on a tour but its larger, and the battery lasts about half as long as the 500. I used my Oregon 450 to finish out a tour this summer when my beloved 500's screen cracked. It worked in a pinch although I much prefer the 500. Once home, I contacted Garmin and much to my surprise they took my broken 500 and replaced it with a refurbished model for $89 plus shipping.
    My wife uses a Knog N.E.R.D. 12 function wireless computer and I have to say, if I just wanted the static info and no way to record the trip its a great unit. Waterproof, easy to set up and one touch gets you all you need to know. She loves it for her more urban riding. The batteries have lasted for over a year so far.
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    Cateye V2c wireless that I share with my tandem (which is why I went wireless and with cadence so I didn't spin out my 4 year old daughter). If it were solely for my single I'd go with a wired, simple, inexpensive one that gave me speed and distance. That's what I had for 10 years before the wires started working loose. Never missed not having other bells and whistles.

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    Here's a low-tech thermometer option I've enjoyed. :-)

    http://www.stemcaptain.com/shop/category/thermometers/

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    hows about a thermometer on your jacket zipper pull?,
    thats what I used 25 years ago, it included a rudimentary compass too

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    I went with a pin-on compass that cost me $1.49 on sale, and attached that to my handlebar bag. The zipper pull thermometer works fine, as does a cheap car thermometer. Just keep it out of direct sunlight.

    As for a bike computer, I use a Sigma BC 800, that I bought on a clearance sale for less than $10.00. But then, I don't always spend the night where I can recharge batteries.
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    Think I will go with a basic Cateye or Sigma model.

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    I've used the last 3 generations of Cateye wireless computers going back to ~2001 without problems. I recommend the Strada model.

    I have to wonder a little why wired computer models even still exist.

    Most of the zipper-pull thermometers are pretty accurate, and require no power source.

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    Picked up a VDO C1 computer today from Nashbar for $16.95 on close-out. Cheaper than I could get from my shop!(I work there part time)

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    I like having a computer with cadence on tour, for two reasons. First, it helps me keep from pushing too hard and hurting my knees going uphill -- keep that cadence up! Second, on long rides (how much further to that next grain elevator?), it's more interesting, and less depressing, than watching my pitifully slow speed.

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    I love my Garmin 500 for road cycling and I used its mapping system for crossing Europe this summer, but the mapping is very rudimentary and often unreliable. So, if someone wants a GPS mapping bike computer, I would look at one of the other Garmin models. If not, then the 500 is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
    I like having a computer with cadence on tour, for two reasons. First, it helps me keep from pushing too hard and hurting my knees going uphill -- keep that cadence up! Second, on long rides (how much further to that next grain elevator?), it's more interesting, and less depressing, than watching my pitifully slow speed.
    That's interesting because I use my cadence sensor a lot on my road bike and when I did my tour, the sensor wasn't aligned properly and the cadence feature didn't work. I was too lazy to adjust it, but never really missed it.

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    Can you set a pre-determined route (utilizing more/less bike lanes, stops, etc.) on a Garmin Edge 800?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seeker333 View Post
    I have to wonder a little why wired computer models even still exist.
    I briefly used a wireless Sigma, but found out it eats batteries for breakfast in winter conditions. Particularly the transmitter part down at fork blade. My bike spends quite a bit of time outside during winter, so it just didn't work for me. I went back to wired, and when that comp died, took the GPS plunge. With GPS units, you can keep the powered parts warm(er) during the ride, and bring them in with you when you're not riding.

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    My Cateye Strada wireless computer is susceptible to interence from my dynamo light. I'm going wired on my touring bike next time.
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    On tours, I just don't feel like paying attention to all that data. I use a Garmin Oregon 800 for the map sets to keep me pointed in the right direction. I get there when I get there..
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