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Old 03-20-18, 08:18 AM
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Another vote for the Cateye Velo 9 from me. Cheap, sturdy, good display. Accurate. Has wheel size settings. And everything else Mr IGH said a few posts up. Great bang for your buck for basic puter.
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Old 03-20-18, 09:19 AM
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check your local Aldi supermarket if you have one around. Around this time of year they bring some bike accessories and one of them is a wireless bike computer that is only $10. Had it on my first road bike and it worked great. The brand is Bike Mate and it comes in several colors. Mine was wired but they've gone wireless since.
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Old 03-20-18, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Do you have a smartphone? You have all you need then. Google maps will track your time and mileage. Of course then you have to transpose some numbers manually to paper or spreadsheet. Or add apps to it, many for free... Strava, Ridewithgps, mapmyride, oryxmaps and a plethora of others. They'll eliminate the pen and paper and give you additional options to add sensor data such as heart rate, cadence, wheel speed and power if you ever decide to spring for cost of them.

Though I still prefer and use my Garmin Edge 500. Old but still works. Newer models with more features available. Lezyne and Wahoo make well respected and cheaper gps cyclometers.

If you don't have a smartphone, I guess I can see spending for 25 dollars of really old tech. But if you have a smart phone, put that 25 bucks toward a HR strap or cadence sensor.
Yup. You will have all thing with a smartphone. One stone kills two birds: you just but a holder to fix your smartphone front your vision.
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Old 03-21-18, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Smartphones are nice for analyzing a ride after the fact, but I use mine in conjunction with a wired computer. Much better for quick stats at a glance like speed or distance or time than trying to pull out the phone to look at, the display is always down there and on.
If you're using a smart phone as a computer, why would you not have it attached to your frame just like a regular computer?
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Old 03-21-18, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by OBoile View Post
If you're using a smart phone as a computer, why would you not have it attached to your frame just like a regular computer?
It is gigantic, wouldn't fit on a couple of my setups, and it kills battery quick to leave the screen on bright enough to read in sun the way my LCD computer works. Not to mention it is also not water proof.
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Old 03-21-18, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
It is gigantic, wouldn't fit on a couple of my setups, and it kills battery quick to leave the screen on bright enough to read in sun the way my LCD computer works. Not to mention it is also not water proof.
"gigantic" just makes it easier to see.
As for battery, I go through about 20% per hour. Not exactly an issue for the vast majority of people. Also, most phones are water proof these days.
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Old 03-21-18, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by OBoile View Post
"gigantic" just makes it easier to see.
As for battery, I go through about 20% per hour. Not exactly an issue for the vast majority of people. Also, most phones are water proof these days.
I frequently am on a bike longer than five hours in a day, and I often ride bikes after doing other things that eat up my phone battery. When all I care about is really distance and time and the occasional speed while actually on the bike, a simple wired computer can't be beat.
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Old 03-21-18, 12:40 PM
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The Cateye Velo computers (Velo 5, Velo 7, etc) work well and are decently made and last a long time. I've had a couple of the Bell computers, and still have one on one bike, and they work, but they tend to break. Had a Sigma once and was happy with it, too.

As for rolling the bike in order to measure tire circumference, I've done that. But, then I started comparing the measurements I was getting to the Cateye recommendations in the instructions and realized there was only about 1% difference between what was recommended for 700 X 28mm and what I measured. Probably it's worth going through the exercise just to satisfy the desire for knowing, but if you're lazy and just use the recommended number, you're probably going to be pretty close.
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Old 03-21-18, 05:03 PM
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Bryton Rider computers look like it can do a lot & not break easily.. affordable prices.
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Old 03-21-18, 06:56 PM
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Bryton Rider computers look like it can do a lot & not break easily.. affordable prices.
16h battery life! Wow, I am impressed
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Old 03-21-18, 11:18 PM
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I've always used the Cateye cordless computers. They are simple, light, very well made, and come with only the things you need. Even the older ones did not have problems with radio interference, and battery life is excellent.

For touring I use my phone mounted to the bar, and an app.
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Old 03-22-18, 12:22 AM
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Nash bar has some on closeout sale , you can use strava even without a data plan and sync at a wifi spot, wont give you rpms but im happy with top speed average speed and distance time
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Old 03-26-18, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Roadwanderer View Post
Okay, so my Sigma Sport BC 8.12 arrived, and was easy to install. But I could use some tips on programming the thing. I used the calculation method (diameter in inches x 25.4 x 3.14) because the chart was inconclusive. The problem is I'm not sure the readings I'm getting are accurate. For example, a journey that should have taken 7/10 of a mile only took a half mile according to the computer.

When I did the calculation, I used a value of 7.5" because that's the diameter of my tires to the edge of the rubber. I'm wondering now if a value from the chart might be better to use. The trouble is, there are two values given for a 27 X 1 1/4 and no indication of which one to choose.
I ride many of the same routes in my county all the time. No matter whether I use the instruction manual chart or do the wheel measurement, when I install a new computer, it never accurately calculates the mileage I know to be true. So, I just set it with trial and error over several rides until it accurately gives me the mileage on my routes. There is generally about a 2% difference between what I come up with and what the manual chart gives.
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Old 03-26-18, 11:08 PM
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I'm also in the market for a new computer.



I like the Cateye Strada. However, as the one pictured above shows, they are not very durable

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Old 03-28-18, 06:25 AM
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I've had good luck with the Nashbar Tempo computers.


Get them on sale, the Dual was $39 and Triple was $44.


I wanted them with cadence, and both of these do... the triple has heart rate also.


I prefer to keep things simple.
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Old 03-29-18, 10:26 AM
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For that amount of money, I'd recommend a budget android phone (~$40) along with your favorite cycling app. You can also download maps for your area and use a free cell service such as Freedompop which gives you 700 mb of LTE data for free each month.
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Old 03-30-18, 08:29 AM
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Last year I spent a week biking in Holland, using my LG-20 smartphone and RideWithGPS. The rides were 4-6 hours and the phone battery lasted for the duration every day but one. For this exigency, I carried a 12000 mAh battery in the handlebar bag. Stopped for a minute, connected the phone, had a drink and continued on.

A mild off-topic, I liked RwGPS because it gave me voice instructions (like Google maps, but I can't specify in Google maps the exact (bike) route I want to take). I am not sure that any bike computer gives voice instructions. The one provided with the (rental) bike gaves us dumb beeps.
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Old 03-30-18, 09:53 AM
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Though I use a Bryton gps to track rides for strava, I ALWAYS use my Velo7 as a seconday. The Velo7 never fails me...ever. It just works. All my bikes have them and I have my full trusts in them.
The brands that have failed me in the past were Bell and Blackburn computers. Bells battery life is lacking. Blackburns work great until the contact point get moisture on them, then quickly corrode into garbage. No more from Blackburn again
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Old 03-31-18, 07:18 AM
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I like the nashbar tempo triple except it does not readout the surrounding temperature.
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Old 03-31-18, 09:54 AM
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My favorite is Old, German made in the 80's, Ciclomaster. its simple and 100% waterproof.. a single line LCD.

their wireless version went down on the fork so computer by the wheel magnet.. not on the handlebars..
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Old 03-31-18, 02:56 PM
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I've bought a couple of SunDings (I broke them, once carelessly, once in a fall) for $3-5. They've worked well to record distance and report the speed and time. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-Bic...GSGrmb8_HQyJqA
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