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Old 09-21-06, 07:45 PM
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Need help with computer choice

Hey guys I just bought a bike and would really like to add a cyclocomputer to it and am lost as there are about 10 thousand different types.

1. Wireless or wired? I think wired is less trouble and cheaper so I think thats what ill go with. How much trouble is there with wireless?

2. All I would like it to display would be speed(mph), and distance(miles) on the screen together, and time (total riding time AND if possible time like noon, or 3pm ect..). It could be like hidden and you would have to scroll to it or whatever. Any other features that I should look into? Cadence would be nice but not necesary and I dont need a HR monitor.

Does this sound possible?
Any really good brands or brands to stay away from?
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Old 09-21-06, 09:33 PM
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Lots of good computers out there. But for me, I cant trust any wireless computer.

After my fancy VDO computer failed me, I bought one of the new Blackburn 'Delphi' computers. Mine is the 3.0 model, which is wired with wired cadence. So far it's the bomb and I love it. Both speed and cadence sensors mount on the chainstay with heavy duty wires and is a breeze to install. Blackburn's instructions are the best I've encountered.

Got mine from www.bicyclebuys.com for about $30.
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Old 09-21-06, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Wino Ryder
Lots of good computers out there. But for me, I cant trust any wireless computer.

After my fancy VDO computer failed me, I bought one of the new Blackburn 'Delphi' computers. Mine is the 3.0 model, which is wired with wired cadence. So far it's the bomb and I love it. Both speed and cadence sensors mount on the chainstay with heavy duty wires and is a breeze to install. Blackburn's instructions are the best I've encountered.

Got mine from www.bicyclebuys.com for about $30.
Nice, i've been considering between those new Delphis and Cateyes. Delphy 3.0 or the Cateye Astrale 8.
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Old 09-21-06, 11:43 PM
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Can't trust a wireless? Hmmmm; well anyway my Cateye Wireless 2 is now 5 years old and still going strong but my previous wired job only lasted 2 years. Cateye has an excellent service department; my Cateye couple of years ago lost it's sending unit a year after the warranty expired, so I contacted Cateye and they sent me new one for FREE and I got it 2 days later postage paid.

I have the older model that supposely had troubles when passing near high voltage power lines and interferred with HRM's. I don't use an HRM so that wasn't going to be a problem; and I never experienced any problems passing near high voltage power lines.

The batteries last quite awhile; the sending unit last about 1.5 years while the computer battery has never been replaced since it was new.

But I would buy the Cateye if for nothing else but for the excellent customer service.
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Originally Posted by froze
Can't trust a wireless? Hmmmm;
But I would buy the Cateye if for nothing else but for the excellent customer service.

Lemme 'splain it to ya in simple terms,.............I cant trust a wireless,...alright???

seriously, I dont mean to be mean, but for some strange reason I've had nothing but problems with wireless computers, especially with Cateye. The first one I bought five years ago was a Cateye "Cordless". It never could give me a straight reading. Mileage varied as much as 4 miles on a measured course, and sometimes it would give me 55 mph speeds when I was going 20. Totally unreliable. I've had similar issues with VDO. Same thing, total unreliability, only this one would "zero" out for miles at a time every time a Fed-ex truck passed me. It was strange. Their so-called "digital transmission" was crap, so I sh't canned it and went back to wired.

The Blackburn 'Delphi 3.0' may be wired, but it's the coolest bike computer I ever used. It also has Blackburns lifetime warranty.
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I have a Cateye Mity 8. It has all the functions that you wanted. Works great and cheap too.
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Old 09-22-06, 06:53 AM
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Cateye Micro, wireless, installs in about ten minutes, bombproof. My wife has had one for the past two years or so, it never comes off the bike, even when it is on the back of the car on the rack, in the rain.
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Old 09-22-06, 07:45 AM
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I think I am going to go with the Cateye Astrale 8. Thanks!
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I recently bought a Sette Wireless cyclocomputer with heart rate function. Do NOT waste your money. Price point sent me a replacement but, it didn't work either. The most reliable computer I ever had was my $12.00 Cat Eye.
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I have the Cateye Astrale 8, basics plus cadence. No problems so far
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The old Cateye cordless 7's had a bad sensor. The company stands behind their products and shipped me a replacement for free. I still use that unit on my commuter and have a double wireless on my road bike. Both perform flawlessly.
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Old 09-22-06, 09:17 AM
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If you ride in the city a lot, get a wired unit. Interference is annoying when it spikes your max speed to 99kph.
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