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Old 04-01-13, 10:41 PM
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Wired or Wire-less?

First let star off by saying,this is not a attempt to start a long (and most likely already been done) thread. It is my own 2 pence on the matter, and my logic for going the way i have. i used to ride just to work and maybe to a friends house. After i met my husband i started to ride even more. ( my hubby has difficulty in driving and i don't like to) Not long after we met i noticed that he had what i thought was a watch on his hb,(at this point in my life i had never seen a bicycling computer) He showed me how it worked and right away i liked it. he told me that there were wire-less ones and to my way of thinking, that seemed to be a clutter-free way to get speed&time. he asked me to try something, he would pay for what ever style of comp that i wanted. all that he asked was to try both for six months and see which i liked best. At the end of the test i decided on a wired comp. the reason was simple. Wired comps seemed to have fewer glitches than wire-less ones. he showed me how to wrap the excess wire around the fork and stem and still have full steering with no lose wires hanging 'round. Even though this was way back in the 90's, and wire-less computers have definitely improved, for me its wired all the way.
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Old 04-01-13, 10:46 PM
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I use a Cateye strada wireless with no problems (5 months and running so far)
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Old 04-01-13, 10:48 PM
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nice, to each his or her own
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1 battery to replace or 2?
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Back when I was making that choice, I went from wired to wireless briefly. My bike stands outside sometimes for days. Come winter, the wireless battery needed replacement with ridiculous intervals. I went back to wired before finally seeing the light and getting a GPS enabled Polar comp that's also good for other activities (paddling, xc skiing and whatnot).

But yes, to each their own.
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Old 04-02-13, 03:58 AM
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Originally Posted by agent pombero View Post
I use a Cateye strada wireless with no problems (5 months and running so far)
Mine gets electrical interference at some traffic lights and says that I am moving at 75 mph.
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Old 04-02-13, 07:13 AM
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I'm a fan of wired comps myself. An inexpensive wired comp will pretty much "just work" and generally need a new battery every 1 or 2 years. With wireless, people often have trouble with interference with lighting and such, and they burn through a lot more batteries.

On my new road bike, just for fun, I bought a generic Chinese comp for $6 shipped off eBay. It works just fine and gives all the info I want. The clock runs slow, but the one on my Planet Bike comp does too. I think it's just because it's still cold out. The PB comp keeps OK time in the summer.
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Wired, for sure! Less issues and fewer batteries to replace. I wish, it didn't take a small fortune, for me to find this out. I've had fewer issues with Sigma wireless, thou.
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Old 04-02-13, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Mine gets electrical interference at some traffic lights and says that I am moving at 75 mph.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Mine gets electrical interference at some traffic lights and says that I am moving at 75 mph.
No such problems on my Strada wireless. I use a 500 lumen headlight literally right next to mine and it does cause interference in steady mode (but oddly not in flashing mode.) Not really a big deal since you can't really see the display at night anyways. The cost of the batteries doesn't bother me (Energizer 5 pack is $3.50 shipped on Amazon) but having to reprogram the computer when you change either battery is a hassle.

Wired computers are much less fussy but the wires sure look ugly on road bikes IMHO.
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Wired computers are much less fussy but the wires sure look ugly on road bikes IMHO.
I have a wired on mine, you can't see the wires. A little vinyl tape the same color as the frame. I'm not doing cadence though. I did once and decided I really don't care about cadence. I'm just riding my bike.
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I have a wired on mine, you can't see the wires. A little vinyl tape the same color as the frame.
That's what I did on my last bike but you could still see the wires and tape running down the underside of the downtube in the right lighting conditions (I need cadence.) The current crop of wireless computers are pretty good and we're only talking a $35 price difference in my case (wireless vs. wired.) I spend more than that on one bike tire these days.
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Yeah, I'm kind of a cheap bastard. I just bought my first road bike, about $1000, and I put a $6 ebay computer on it. It actually works great. I'm using Nashbar Prema 2 tires, $15 each. They are said to last a long time and seem to roll well.
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