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Old 05-04-21, 04:12 PM
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Waxcrazy here.....The reason I want a simple function gps is because I don't like wires or zip ties on my forks...I know it sounds crazy!! But true👍
There are non-GPS cyclocomputers that are wireless.

These do require a sensor. The sensors are typically zip-tied to the fork or rear chain stay. You didn't mention you didn't want that.

There are newer wheel sensors that wrap around the hubs. The ones I'm aware of support ANT+ or BT. I don't know of any basic cycle computer that uses the newer hub sensors.

A GPS would work for you but they aren't generally considered "simple". They typically have short run times. So, you'd have to recharge it regularly. The one that cyccommute suggested supposedly runs for 30 hours. The one that Iride01 suggested runs for 15 hours.

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Old 05-04-21, 04:36 PM
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I am going to check into the one he mentioned....I'm sorry that I got this turned into such a lengthy post ...I never mentioned the reason I wanted GPS ...but my reason was due to the simple look and no add on sensors or zip ties...Hey..lol..the name waxcrazy should pretty much sums up my issues..lol...When I was a kid and had my first sting ray ,the bike shop owner in town told my mother he never saw a bike so clean whenever I had it there 😂😂....and so it began...Thank you everyone for the response and different perspectives on things....I'll try to behave from now on....lol
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Originally Posted by waxcrazy View Post
I am going to check into the one he mentioned....I'm sorry that I got this turned into such a lengthy post ...I never mentioned the reason I wanted GPS ...but my reason was due to the simple look and no add on sensors or zip ties...Hey..lol..the name waxcrazy should pretty much sums up my issues..lol...When I was a kid and had my first sting ray ,the bike shop owner in town told my mother he never saw a bike so clean whenever I had it there 😂😂....and so it began...Thank you everyone for the response and different perspectives on things....I'll try to behave from now on....lol
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If you are OK with the shorter battery life and the extra complication (which isn't that big a deal), a GPS would work for you.

What was the issue with the Bryton?
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Old 05-04-21, 05:03 PM
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Time was off by a hour no matter what I did to set it....Bluetooth connected to app for one day only and would never connect again after trying everything and it had no standing odometer, just trips that I could have saved if app worked ..I reached out to them with my questions but they never got back to me.... Instructions were pretty vague also... Wasn't meant to be I guess.
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I find the grade and elevation gain features on the GPS entertaining. You might enjoy that if you have hills in your area. I initially bought a Garmin but the set up really taxed my septuagenarian brain and the thing wouldn't stay synched with my phone. I returned it and got a Wahoo which was easy to set up via their phone app.
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Originally Posted by waxcrazy View Post
I am going to check into the one he mentioned....I'm sorry that I got this turned into such a lengthy post ...I never mentioned the reason I wanted GPS ...but my reason was due to the simple look and no add on sensors or zip ties...Hey..lol..the name waxcrazy should pretty much sums up my issues..lol...When I was a kid and had my first sting ray ,the bike shop owner in town told my mother he never saw a bike so clean whenever I had it there 😂😂....and so it began...Thank you everyone for the response and different perspectives on things....I'll try to behave from now on....lol
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Same reason I went for a Garmin. Hated wires and magnet sensors. & mine came with 2 mounts. Awesome, one on main roadie and one bounces around between another roadie, MTB, and tandem.
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Wow, quite the measuring contest in this thread.
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I have a Garmin Edge 500 that is no longer sold. Realizing that it won't last forever, I think I've found it's eventual replacement:

Garmin Edge 130 review
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The Xoss one for $30 gets good reviews on Amazon. It fits Garmin mounts and has a rechargeable battery, making it just as economical to run on multiple bikes as any other wireless option.
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Originally Posted by waxcrazy View Post
I'm looking for a wireless gps computer for my bike...just need simple functions ... trip meter... speed... and total milage odometer, so I know how many miles are actually on the bike. Don't need maps or anything complicated..Any suggestions appreciated.. Bought a Bryton but am sending it back due to issues with it.
What issue you having with Bryton? Iíve had a couple now with no issues.
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Old 05-05-21, 03:34 PM
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Time was off by a hour no matter what I did to set it....Bluetooth connected to app for one day only and would never connect again after trying everything and it had no standing odometer, just trips that I could have saved if app worked ..I reached out to them with my questions but they never got back to me.... Instructions were pretty vague also... Wasn't meant to be I guess.
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Thanks for the recs of other GPS inexpensive units. Have a Garmin Edge 500 I've used for years. Don't use meters so it's all about basic info for me. So these inexpensive units sound nice if I ever have to replace my Garmin. Getting tired of having to pay $300 for a unit when all I need is basic stuff myself with the ability to post on logging sites.
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Originally Posted by waxcrazy View Post
Time was off by a hour no matter what I did to set it....Bluetooth connected to app for one day only and would never connect again after trying everything and it had no standing odometer, just trips that I could have saved if app worked ..I reached out to them with my questions but they never got back to me.... Instructions were pretty vague also... Wasn't meant to be I guess.
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Just to be clear, I have not used the Cycplus. I looked at it for my wife...she still has wired computers...but decided I have enough heads that she can cover 5 bikes without having to swap the computer around all the time. But I havenít used it so I canít say how well it works or how easy it is to set up. It does get pretty good reviews for being simple.

I use a Lezyne Mega XL myself. It works well and does what I need it to do. It is significantly more expensive, however. The other one I used was a Garmin Edge 25 which worked okay but didnít do well with slow speeds (below about 5mph) and it was very limited in battery life (8 hours or, rather, 7:59:59). I sometimes go on rides that are longer than that and missed significant amounts of mileage while on tour. The Lezyne has 48 hours of run time and it seems to be spot on. I can go for 6 days or more of touring without having to recharge.

You might want to look at Lezyne for some of their other offerings. The Mini is $100 and is Blue Tooth compatible. The Macro Easy is $80 but doesnít isnít Blue Tooth compatible. I would probably trust the Lezyne over the Cycplus just because of experience, however.
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The Omata has been on my wish list for a while. It’s gorgeous with analog readout dials but GPS guts. The cost is a bit out of my range.
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I use my phone. i got a Topeak phone case and bar mount for my iPhone. I have been using this setup for 5 years now, and like it. The mount is quite solid, it never moves or shifts, even though I use a rather large and heavy 11 Pro Max. Another good thing is that Topeak did such a good job on the mount that they have not needed to change the design, and once yo have the mount, you can buy the phone case separately. I got the mount and case for the iPhone 6S, and have simply changed phone cases as I upgrade my phones. I was able to more mounts separately for other bikes, so I can simply move my phone from bike to bike. I use the Topeak Panobike app which is free, and works very well. It keeps tracking my speed, distance, average speed, climbs, and descents.
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Originally Posted by billridesbikes View Post
The Omata has been on my wish list for a while. It’s gorgeous with analog readout dials but GPS guts. The cost is a bit out of my range.
"Overpriced hipster jewelry." According to this:

https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/tr...ta-one-review/

$700!

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Old 05-05-21, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
"Overpriced hipster jewelry." According to this:

https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/tr...ta-one-review/

$700!
Bikeradar, IMAHO, is full of Brits that are angry at the world and complain about almost everything.
The Omata would look prefect on a Vanilla Townie donít you think?
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Old 05-06-21, 05:35 AM
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Bikeradar, IMAHO, is full of Brits that are angry at the world and complain about almost everything.
The Omata would look prefect on a Vanilla Townie don’t you think?
(That bike is kinda hipsterish too.)

If the OP is required to get the ($10,000?) Townie to appropriately-complement the Omata, he will have to wait a few years.

​​​​​I'd hazard to guess the Omata at $700 (!!) is way more money than the OP has any interest in spending.

The Omata is attractive but much less functional than the much cheaper Garmin 830.

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Lezyne Macro Easy. I was looking for exactly what you are looking for. I have been using one for about 2 years now and am very happy with it. I have mounts on different bikes, and it's easy to switch back and forth.

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/S...u&q=Macro+Easy

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XOSS G+. Very minimalist, functional and lightweight.

All wireless, compatible with most Bluetooth and ANT+ sensors (not power meters, although XOSS says they're working on that). It works fine with my Wahoo Ticker in both Bluetooth and ANT+ modes, my older 2012 era ANT+ Wahoo speed/cadence sensors, and XOSS brand earth induction convertible speed/cadence sensors (both Bluetooth and ANT+, I think). This flexibility enables me to share the same sensors with my phones, since the phones will default to Bluetooth while the XOSS G+ defaults to ANT+.

Supposedly it's compatible with four of the major worldwide navigation systems (BeiDou, Galileo and GLONASS), although in the US it will always default to GPS. I'm not sure whether it automagically defaults to other systems if I leave the US, or whether there's a firmware update or some other method to enable compatibility with other navigation options.

I bought two in January 2020 -- I planned to buy only one but they offered a second at half price so I snagged it the same week.

Works fine. Occasional minor glitches, usually fixed quickly by XOSS through updates to the firmware or app. Overall, no worse than the similar complaints I've seen from friends who use Garmin and Wahoo bike computers.

Usually the GPS trace is more accurate than my phones using Wahoo Fitness and Strava apps with the phones set to GPS only. Usually I run the location "enhancement" option that can resort to cell tower signals, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc., to improve accuracy. The XOSS G+ is GPS only, but is generally fine. If there are problems it's usually due to atmospheric disturbances or other stuff interfering with GPS signals.

It also works for my runs, although the G+ display isn't geared for running (no option to display pace, cadence, stride, etc.). But if I wanted to leave my phone home, the XOSS G+ is much smaller and lighter, displays and records my route, speed, distance, heart rate, even elevation, etc. And I can sync that G+ to Strava later, or save the data file for use with any other compatible software/utility.

But if you're worried about data privacy, particularly if you work in any job that demands security, I'd avoid the XOSS. It's based in China, all data goes through their servers, so the device could potentially be used to exploit security vulnerabilities. I'm retired, I don't care, so I use mine. But if I still worked for the military or government, I wouldn't use the XOSS.

So if that's a concern, stick with an app such as Cyclemeter (iOS or Android) or one of the Lezyne computers that does not offer any way to automagically wirelessly sync data -- I forget which model(s), but at least one Lezyne bike computer needs to be plugged in via USB cable to transfer ride data.

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Just ordered one, not that I need it having the Garmin Edge 500 but it is getting old. So I ordered one to test it's functionality. Will be a backup in case the Garmin takes a dump.

I only use basic info

Not bad, case, mount, extended mount, and bands, and gasket. Free 4 day shipping.


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This one is pretty basic and cheap. It gets fair reviews and itís only $50 on Amazon.
This actually not bad. Do you know if this will have similar features to Karoo 2? Buying my first bike computer
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Just ordered one, not that I need it having the Garmin Edge 500 but it is getting old. So I ordered one to test it's functionality. Will be a backup in case the Garmin takes a dump.

I only use basic info

Not bad, case, mount, extended mount, and bands, and gasket. Free 4 day shipping.


Hey, when you get it can you tell me if it can mount on the stem? Looks like it can but I don't know how long the o rings stretch. Though I guess I could buy bigger ones if needed. I'm also looking at the Cycplus someone else posted.
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This actually not bad. Do you know if this will have similar features to Karoo 2? Buying my first bike computer
No.

It's a basic GPS computer with a monochrome screen. No maps. It's probably smaller than the photos show.

The Karoo (not a basic GPS computer) has a color screen and does turn-by-turn navigation and displays maps. The Karoo will do the basic stuff too.

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