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Yes, to the minute
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A little ahead, but I like it that way
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A little behindů it must run slow
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8.00%
One hour off, thanks to daylight savings time
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Not even close
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Is the Time on Your Cycle Computer Correct?

Old 06-27-11, 10:48 AM
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Is the Time on Your Cycle Computer Correct?

If your bike has a cycle computer with a clock function, is it set to the correct time?

How often do you refer to it?
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garmin GPS, it better be right, and i look at it all the time
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Garmin 500. Updated from space. I refer to it pretty much every ride.
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Yes it is!

Except when it's not!
Like daylight savings time!
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I have a watch strapped to my headlight. It is slightly fast.
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It is like 40 seconds fast depending on what I compare it to.

I use it to gauge when I'll get to work in the morning and if I can safely extend the ride and still arrive on time.
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Mine seems accurate so far. I'm more concerned that my speed is accurate. I measured my wheel twice, using the drop-of-oil-on-the-tire method, so it should be.
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Funny question. My cycle computer time of day on one bike is about 10 minutes off. I rarely look at it but when I do, I can never remember which direction it is off. I need to download the manual to figure out how to set the time right without clearing the other settings, but I never remember to do that.
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I set it on DST changes, maybe once or twice apart from that because it runs a bit slow. If it gets more than 5 minutes or so off and I'm feeling less lazy than I usually am, I'll take the 30 seconds to correct it.

I don't look at it a ton. Once or twice a week maybe. I don't need to refer to it for anything as I lead a fairly unscheduled life.
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stem captain, as long as I have a watch and a map the computer is in my head.
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The Garmin is spot on, the one I can set myself tends to lose a couple minutes a month, so when I reset it a couple minutes ahead and leave it alone until it starts to irritate me.
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Dream answer: A little behind... it must be relativity.
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Three out of three are in agreement with my watch to the minute. My watch agrees with my PC, too.
I look at the time on the bike computers occasionally. Its always visible on my VDO models.
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I start out with it a little ahead but when I arrive its usually behind.
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I ride too fast for mine to keep up with time.
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It is all relative.
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My time is correct only when I leave home. Strangely, it seems to be a little fast when I get to my destinations . .
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick
If your bike has a cycle computer with a clock function, is it set to the correct time?
Absolutely. It's synchronized to the GPS system's atomic clocks.
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Right now it's 5 minutes off, and in a few weeks, it'll be six. I should probably change the battery, but I just don't care enough.
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Mine has the correct tie. It's all the other clocks that are wrong.
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Mine seems to lose time over time, as it were. I reset it when we go back & forth for DST. I don't pay much attention to it. I'm more interested in the ride time display.
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Sigma 1009. Accurate to the minute.
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I actually had to check it after seeing this thread, and it is a couple of minutes fast.

I don't really bother looking at the time on the morning commutes since I have a set routine, but if I'm doing after work errands and activities, then I'll look at it every so often. I basically use the clock feature for generalization of time, as long as it's somewhat close, that's all I care about.
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We have sixty three clocks in the house, eleven chimers, I can't stand it if one is a second off!
It drives guests crazy on the hour.

I hate the time changes!

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