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Old 08-24-11, 10:23 PM
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Vintage Bike..........Computers?

Over the years I've built up quite a collection of these. I just spent the weekend removing a 70's vintage bike computer. It had 3 different sensors (front wheel, back wheel, and cranks). Are there any models of vintage computers worth hanging onto? Anyone still using a vintage model? The one I removed was the size of saltine cracker.

I'm still using a Mid-90s Avocet 25, but I don't consider it vintage.
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70's vintage computer? I didn't think they had them at that time. The earliest digital computers I knew were the Avocet 10s and 20s.
I'd like to see that older one if you can post up pics.

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Same here, love to see that!
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Here is an ancient Cat Eye computer that I have. The disk mounts to the front wheel and it has a pickup that sits on top of that, I think it's pretty cool.

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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
70's vintage computer? I didn't think they had them at that time. The earliest digital computers I knew were the Avocet 10s and 20s.
I'd like to see that older one if you can post up pics.

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Alright, it's probably 80's. Still big+klunky. Try to post a pic over the weekend.
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I had a Peugeot computer that I bought in the early 1980s, but I threw it out a couple years ago when the batteries leaked. The magnetic switch had failed long before, but I kept it around for the clock function. It was about as big as a pocket calculator and had as many buttons and would only update every 6 seconds.

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Still using my Avocet 30.

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You want vintage:
http://www.centuryroadclub.com/file/...r_c_manual.pdf
Go to pages 124 & 125
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Like this one:
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I have an avocet 45 I still use on my road bikes.
I had an old Vetta C100 (I think 85-90ish?), but my son put it on his MTB and killed it crashing into a tree last month.
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I've got an Avocet 20 on my Gitane TdF but am not using it. The it doesn't have a "power save" feature and is always on so I got tired of replacing the battery and resetting the thing more often than the others.

I've actually got to the point this year where I gave up tracking training miles and just go out and ride, often without a computer. I still train hard I just don't care so much about all the data.
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Back in the 70s, Popular Mechanics had an article on building your own bike computer. Believe it was just a speedo and odometer. Their example was mounted in a repurposed tuna can.
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This one may be a little on the heavy side to pull...

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I'm still using the Avocet 20 I bought almost 30 years ago. Works great, but doesn't have a lot of features
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The last "vintage" computer I came across was on a Cannondale touring bike I bought used. I put a new battery in it but it stayed dead. That kind of put me off trying to use old bike electronics.
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No batteries required in my first cyclocomputer, circa 1972:

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This came on a rummage sale bike I picked up last year, even came with the original box for it.
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I've got an Avocet 20 on my Gitane TdF but am not using it. The it doesn't have a "power save" feature and is always on so I got tired of replacing the battery and resetting the thing more often than the others.

I've actually got to the point this year where I gave up tracking training miles and just go out and ride, often without a computer. I still train hard I just don't care so much about all the data.
+1 about the battery problem My Avocet 20 goes through batteries in just a few months. The problem is, the batteries that we used back in the 80's are not available anymore and the equivalent new ones do not last as long. I remember my batteries lasting over a year back in the 80's in my Avocet 20. My 20 is still dead since the batteries ran out earlier this year. I like you just don't have the time to keep replacing them. Maybe it's time ti finally retire the good ole 20 on my Peugeot??

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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
Here is an ancient Cat Eye computer that I have. The disk mounts to the front wheel and it has a pickup that sits on top of that, I think it's pretty cool.

Wow, that's like really LARGE looking there.....that sensor ring looks like a hoola hoop too!
Thanks for posting the museum piece Cat Eye!

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Originally Posted by gearbasher View Post
You want vintage:
http://www.centuryroadclub.com/file/...r_c_manual.pdf
Go to pages 124 & 125
That is awesome! Charles Babbage would be proud! That whole flyer is awesome! Lots of interesting advertisements and photos. A woman wearing pants and riding a non-mixte frame? Scandalous! Top tubes almost waist high (ouch)? Such cool bikes and fancy duds!

The rest of the thread makes me think of Casio Databanks and Revenge of the Nerds.
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This one was mounted on the '87 prelude I bought this summer. With new batteries it worked great until I got caught in a rainstorm. I keep hoping I can get it to work again.
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I found an Avocet 20 in its original box about six months ago, and put a battery in it that is still going strong.
Really like the total simplicity of the 20, and it will register a lower speed than any of my newer computers, so I can get miles recorded when walking the bike up the 1.5 mile flint road to the pavement.

And Ive a box of those Huret axle mount odometers. Used one for a while, just to delicate to bang around, otherwise it was kind of neat.
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Originally Posted by treebound View Post
This came on a rummage sale bike I picked up last year, even came with the original box for it.
Still have a Cateye Micro on my '86 Centurion Lemans RS. Only problem is, the band holding the crankset pickup for cadence broke, and I can't find a way to rig it back to function.
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I want to get a mount for my Magellan GPS. I figure a backpack with the recharger and I can ride it on battery power for a while, then recharge it at someone else's place if I absolutely have to ? I figure the longest ride one way was 1 1/2 hours, double it, so 4-6 hours battery life actually covers the ride for the day. It's actually more like 45 minutes to 1 hour each way depending upon the bike type I choose to ride. Rain would suck though. Maybe even the sun if it made the screen difficult to view.
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I got his with my 3rensho. new batteries and it still works!
It's a Cateye Solar cyclocomputer cc-2000

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