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Interesting hacks to easily switch wired cycle computer between bikes?

Old 06-02-14, 08:01 PM
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Interesting hacks to easily switch wired cycle computer between bikes?

I just got my first cycle computer, a Cateye Velo 7. It comes with a bunch of zip ties, and the brackets for the sensor and the 'puter have holes for the ties.

However, being the cheapskate that I am, I'd like to be able to switch this 'puter between two bikes easily. Rigging up something for the brackets doesn't sound too hard - maybe garden hose ties and some cleverly shaped wooden pieces, or something. I'm not sure how to deal with the cables, though.

Does anyone have a clever way to do this? Thanks!
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Old 06-03-14, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by FedericoMena View Post
I just got my first cycle computer, a Cateye Velo 7. It comes with a bunch of zip ties, and the brackets for the sensor and the 'puter have holes for the ties.

However, being the cheapskate that I am, I'd like to be able to switch this 'puter between two bikes easily. Rigging up something for the brackets doesn't sound too hard - maybe garden hose ties and some cleverly shaped wooden pieces, or something. I'm not sure how to deal with the cables, though.

Does anyone have a clever way to do this? Thanks!
Cateye at least used to sell the computer mounts and magnets separately so that you could use one computer on multiple bikes without changing the mounts over. Installation is enough of a hassle that I would prefer to spend the extra few $ on an extra mount and magnet. I don't know pricing/availability in Mexico - maybe it's not as good as in the US. I actually just have a separate computer for each bike (I have four plus a computer on my wife's bike - all Cateye.).
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Some computers I have seen even come with 2 mounts and a setting to adjust wheel size to bike 1 or 2..
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I would think that you could take the wired assembly to an electronics store like Radio Shack or some similar store, and have them match the wire size to some micro electronic plugs that may be used to build/repair a radio of some type. You should then be able to cut the wires ( I'm guessing there may be a pair running from the main computer down to the pick-up at the wheel ), if there's a single wire, you've got it made. The wires, if there are two, should be cut at different spots so any plugs aren't side by side, but staggered for a "cleaner" look. Then it's just a matter of getting a duplicate set of wires and the pick-up for the wheel, and all you need to do is swap the main computer to the other bike and plug in the wires already there, and you should be good to go.
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Okay, you can switch computers between bikes, I'll give you that but why would you really want to go through all that. For the time you spend removing from one bike and then installing the mount and speed sensor and then securing the wires on the other bike you end up wasting a lot of time. Trust me, you are going to get tired of that routine REAL quick. Your best bet is to pony-up and get a second set-up. Computers are not that expensive that you can't afford a second one.

On the other hand, if you had a more expensive set-up ( or were considering buying one ), you make sure ( before hand ) that extra hardware is available for multiple bike use and that the computer itself has settings for more than one bike.
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Just buy a 2nd mount. By the time you get done screwing around trying to hack something together you're going to use up probably as much money as just buying a $12 2nd mount anyway, not to mention your time and possibly having something that's not reliable.
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Seems like the planets aligned... I got a second computer as a present

Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions.
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