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Old 10-08-10, 05:36 PM   #1
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do you use a bike computer during winter?

i was just wondering if anyone uses a bike computer on there bike in the winter? i have one on my summer bike and i found a cheap one online that i figure would be perfect for my winter bike except i heard the cold is bad for stuff like bike computers.
here is what i was looking at
http://www.buyincoins.com/lcd-bike-b...oduct-652.html
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Old 10-08-10, 10:00 PM   #2
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I've used cyclometers on all my bikes in all seasons without incident.
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Old 10-08-10, 10:40 PM   #3
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I've used cyclometers on all my bikes in all seasons without incident.
Same but I do bring the computer inside every night.
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Old 10-08-10, 11:23 PM   #4
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I use mine all year, too. Cyccommute makes a good point; if I leave mine on the bike overnight it's very sluggish the next morning (kind of like me on early winter mornings).
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Old 10-09-10, 05:46 AM   #5
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I used to run a bike computer all year round ,but not anymore. By now I know my average speed and I know the distance of all my cycling routes, so I don't really need a computer. But if I am doing a long distance ride to a new place that I have never been before then I'll use a computer...I like to know the distance.
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Old 10-09-10, 10:35 AM   #6
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I have used bike computers year round. When the temps are cold, say freezing or below, the display on some units becomes sluggish, where rapidly changing numbers - say your speed - are hard to read the least significant digit.

In extremely hot weather, over 100F, the entire display may turn black. This is only temporary and does not affect the computed distance or speed.

There is a newer lcd technology that does not suffer from these temperature effects, but the lower-cost bike computers all use the cheaper, older tech. No permanent problem, just temporary funky displays. No need to worry.

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Old 10-13-10, 10:25 PM   #7
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No! I have no need for a bike computer in the winter. I get there when I get there. Just more stuff to go wrong, I like to keep my life simple these days.
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Old 10-14-10, 06:41 AM   #8
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I've had problems in heavy rain - the water on the bracket stopping the signal from getting through. A smear of vaseline helps.
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Old 10-14-10, 07:17 AM   #9
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Same but I do bring the computer inside every night.
+1. And this is also the reason why I stopped using wireless - there's no easy way to bring the transmitter part inside every night (my bike stays outside, or in cold storage). The thing ate batteries for breakfast during winter. Wired computer doesn't have that problem, and in my experience, the comp has never stopped logging information even though the LCD display has "frozen" to the point of being unreadable.

This winter I will be experimenting with a GPS based computer (a Polar RS300). Seeing that the Polar is sold for xc skiing use too, I'm not expecting much grief, but we'll see.

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Old 10-14-10, 04:23 PM   #10
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I've had no issues with my Cateye Enduro in cold weather.

But, man, the computer shown in your link is cheap. I wouldn't be surprised if that thing crapped out on you in short order regardless of the weather.
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Old 10-15-10, 09:25 PM   #11
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thanks. the bike computer i have is the first one i have had in a long time and my last one never got used in winter. i know the bike computer is cheap but i won't be able to afford a lot because i am planning on buying a truck next week and i plan on putting it on the road next month when i can afford it.
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Old 10-18-10, 01:38 PM   #12
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I use mine year round. Wired cateyes (mity 8, velo 8, and enduro for my different bikes). I had a wireless once, but it crapped out whenever the temp was below freezing. Useless. I scavenged the batteries and now it sits in a box of bike junk in my garage.
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Old 10-18-10, 02:39 PM   #13
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I use one in winter and it's always worked well. However, one night I had to jump a 3 foot snowbank to escape the snowplows. The computer display fell off and I never did find it. (I even looked again after the snow melted in the spring.)
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