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Wired Computer Needed For Night Rider

Old 09-07-20, 10:16 AM
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Wired Computer Needed For Night Rider

Living in the SoCal, and not being a morning person, I do 99% of my summer rides in darkness. I use relatively high powered Niterider headlights, and Cygolite Hotshots in the rear (the primary reason I seek a wired setup).

Can anyone recommend?

I seek the following attributes:

1) Backlighting
2) Speedometer
3) Odometer
4) Cadence

Thanks very much in advance!
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Old 09-07-20, 11:35 AM
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I read of a light to add to the computer you choose, to see the screen. in the past .. ..
Maybe have one on your helmet to point down to look?
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Old 09-07-20, 11:45 AM
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If you can’t find a cyclometer with both cadence sensing and back lighting then maybe just opt for an LCD model and clip a cheap USB blinkie like this to your helmet. Has two levels brightness steady and two speeds flashing both front and rear, so you should be able to illuminate your cockpit just enough with the white one to read the display without too much glare elsewhere. Red you can clip to the back of your helmet for good measure. These things have great run time, much longer than advertised.

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Old 09-07-20, 03:17 PM
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Not sure about wired, but there are a few inexpensive wireless GPS computers now that can work with sensors for speed, cadence, heart rate, etc. Most are Bluetooth compatible, and some are also ANT+ compatible.

I've used a couple of XOSS G+ computers since January, no real problems. Basic GPS (records routes only, no navigation aids), no frills, will upload to Strava, compatible with most sensors (other than power meters, which XOSS says they're working on). Backlight can be set to auto -- I think it comes on based on time zone and season, not light sensor.

Most wireless GPS computers don't really need a speed sensor -- they use GPS and it's pretty accurate on my rides. There are also earth induction sensors for speed and/or cadence that don't require separate magnets to read each revolution of the wheel or crank arm.

I've used non-GPS wired computers but those weren't compatible with my cadence sensors. But there are lots of good wired computers for $10-$50 that work with magnet based speed sensors, have backlighting, etc.
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