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Old 04-28-03, 01:50 PM
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Hey everyone,

I'm just curious what everyone's favorite bike computer out there is. Not because I'm necissarily in the market for one as I already have one, but because it's interesting to see the various models and designs and functions. Plus, someone looking for one can come here to see personal favorites.

As far as my favorite goes, I would have to say anything made by Cateye seems to be good, but the only one I have is a Cateye Komo, so I guess that would go down as my personal favorite. And don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful computer, especially for a 7, not 8 function computer.

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I have a SigmaSport 800. Works great. I also have a SigmaSport BC500 that is about 6 years old. It works fine, I just wanted more functions.
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I have two. A Cateye wireless on my roadbike and a "more sophisticated" Vetta on my MTB. The Vetta gives me problems whenever it is wet (including high humidity). While the Cateye has never had a problem. If I was to choose I would take a Cateye wireless.
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Originally posted by Trek4100

I'm just curious what everyone's favorite bike computer out there is. Not because I'm necissarily in the market for one as I already have one, but because it's interesting to see the various models and designs and functions. Plus, someone looking for one can come here to see personal favorites.
Although it's been discontinued for a long time now, my favourite computer so far has been my old Cateye CC-8000 "ATC". It was a ruggedised computer which looked kinda bulky. It had a wired pickup with a thick cable. It was totally waterproof (you were even supposed to be able to operate the buttons while submerged). Some of the functions included the typical instantaneous/max/avg speeds, stopwatch, trip counters (trip distance, trip time, total time, total distance, distance per day) and auto start/stop. But it also had one unique feature at the time... 10 memories... each which could be used to "mark" a point in your ride and it would store all of the above speed, distance and time data (and associated subdata) at the instant you pushed the button. Despite the vast amount of data available, the screens were well organised and easy to read. It was very handy for the kind of long-distance offroad touring I was doing. The only problem was that it was rather pricey (~US$85 in 1990).

I currently have Shimano Flightdecks for my bikes... the jury is still out on them. |8^) I like some of the features a lot but there are others which are rather niggling. I like the virtual cadance and the gear display as well as the integrated controls but I sometimes worry about the ruggedness of the unit (it has survived some serious crashes on my MTB though) and I sure do miss that memory feature of the old Cateye. The Flightdeck's display order and toggling between different screens can be a bit confusing too... especially when your're a little oxygen deprived.

BTW, I notice you are also an Aegis rider...
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Old 04-28-03, 03:16 PM
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Let's see.

"Bike Computers I Have Known"

1. Nashbar Wireless. Not bad, but the contacts in the bar mount were flimsy and corroded easily.

2. Specialized something or other. It's about three years old and was on closeout at Nashbar for something like $9. Still my favorite, mostly because it seems to be bulletproof. Lives on my Novara. I bought my son one at the same time, for his Raleigh MTB, and it's still working perfectly too.

3. Planet Bike Protege 8.0. The first one I had was replaced by the company because the firmware was apparently not quite ready when they were manufactured, so the average-speed function was inaccurate. The replacement has been fine, and I do like having all that info available at one glance. Lives on my Airborne.

4. Cateye Tomo, bought it off the bargain table at Performance for $6.99. Seems ok but haven't got many miles on it yet. On the Fuji.

These are all basic computers, no cadence or altimeter or anything like that. I think I may replace the Cateye on the Fuji with something that shows cadence, which might help me on training rides.

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Old 04-28-03, 03:49 PM
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I have a Power Tap on my LeMond Victoire.

The Power Tap has been pretty cool to use so far, but I'm suffering from information overload. I don't race any more, and find all the information I can down load and store on my lap top is really more than I need. (If I were still racing this would be perfect!)
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Old 04-28-03, 03:51 PM
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Hi,
I seem to go through speedos like M&Ms. I have had a bunch of basic ones, they all seemed the same. Put a Topeak Panoram on the wife's bike last year. she likes it a lot (she refuses to mess with buttons) because all she has to do is clear the Dist at the beginning of the ride. It's not fully waterproof; which is a
serious negative for an expensive toy designed to play outdoors. I used a Planet Bike 5.0 last year; and I liked it just fine. It's not as durable as many, but I enjoyed it. I got a Cateye Cordless for my new bike; and truthfully, I don't like going back to the small screen. Once they've been to gay Pareee....
What I can't seem to make up my mind is whether I want to replace it with
a Panoram or a Planet Bike.
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I have a Cateye Mity 3 on the Trek. Nothing special: speed, time, distance, avg. speed, max speed, odometer. Works fine, easy to read, and not too expensive.
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Old 04-28-03, 07:22 PM
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I too have the Cateye Mighty 3. Basic computer and the cheapest available locally. I find it great on some aspects, but I also have a few reservations about it.

PROS
- works fine, even at -25 C and even in the rain;
- it's on its third year with the same battery;
- not too big, yet easy to read in daytime.

CONS
- no backlight to light the digits in the dark (major sore point); a system like the backlight of Timex watches would be great;
- always shows instant speed (the other reading alternates according to what you select); I would prefer to always show "Distance 1" and have the other reading alternate between speed, maximum or average speed, time of day...
- the clock should also display seconds.

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Old 04-28-03, 07:38 PM
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The best so far has been a Specialized Speedzone Comp that I use on both my roadie and MTB. The wiring is stronger then others I have used, and holds up good in the rain. It is dead on accurate, as I compared it to a certified speedometer in a police crusier. The mount has a break away feature that allows the top section of the mount and the computer to "break" off in a crash but not damage the system.

$19.99 at my LBS, and came in a tin that I added to my Mother's tin collection
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Old 04-28-03, 08:02 PM
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Cateye Enduro, and Mity 3. Both never give a spot of trouble, provided the pickup is positioned well, rain of shine.
My next comp will be a Cateye HR 100, for my custom Serotta (please, please, please, I hope).
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Old 04-28-03, 08:02 PM
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Originally posted by khuon
But it also had one unique feature at the time... 10 memories... each which could be used to "mark" a point in your ride and it would store all of the above speed, distance and time data (and associated subdata) at the instant you pushed the button.
Anybody know if any current cyclocomputers have this? It just seems like a no-brainer, like a cyclocomputer equivalent of a lap/split timer. Almost every ride I do, I find myself wishing I had this feature.
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I use a (two) Specialized Pro. It does: all the usual stuff, cadence, inclinometer, altitude, gain, temp. Plus it uses a barometer for the altitude so if you are riding flats and your altitude suddenly changes you know you are fixin' to get wet.
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Last night I put new Cateye Astrale 8 computers on my and Donna's bikes. I took a Cateye Tomo off of her bike and a Cateye HB100 off of mine. I will miss the HR function of the HB100 but I'll be getting a separate HRM sometime soon. My primary reason for switching to the Astrale is for the cadence function.

When I finish building my TT bike I'm going to put one of those planet bike computers on it because it can show distance along with current and average speeds at the same time. This will be great info to have during the TT.

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Originally posted by khuon
. But it also had one unique feature at the time... 10 memories... each which could be used to "mark" a point in your ride and it would store all of the above speed, distance and time data (and associated subdata) at the instant you pushed the button. Despite the vast amount of data available, the screens were well organised and easy to read. It was very handy for the kind of long-distance offroad touring I was doing. The only problem was that it was rather pricey (~US$85 in 1990).

That sounds like the kinda of computer I'm looking for! I wonder if something like it is on the market.. I hate it how stops signs and cool downs mess up my averages.
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I like the thermometer on my Trek Radar. That way I can offically complain about the temperature.

I wish computers had 4 odometers on them. One for trip miles, one for tour, one for yearly miles, and one forever. 2 is not enough.
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I got a Planet Bike 9.0 for christmas, and for the light riding that I've been able to do it has been really nice. I really like the big display, and no buttons to have to mess with while riding. I'll have to wait to see how it holds up this summer when I get a chance to do some real riding =]
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I like the Cateye Enduro; I'm a road-only rider but cyclecomputer wiring seems unreasonably fragile except for that model. Cateye as a brand is the most reliable of all in my experience. My dream item would be a wireless unit with a long enough range to transmit from front wheel to rear bars of a tandem--why can't a cyclecomputer have a code programmed into it by the user? This isn't a real high-tech thing--garage door openers work this way.
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I think I'm going to spend a few bucks and get the Polar 150, it's a HR monitor plus bike computer.
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My favorite CycloComputer is the Campagnolo one. I like the integration with the shifters. It can tell me my cadence, speed what gear I'm in. Does everything I need.

If you want a computer for the back person on a tandem, why not just get two computers one for the front and one for the back. Hook one sensor to each wheel. Person in teh back gets hooked up to the back wheel and person in front to the front wheel.
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Performance Axion 8.0 wireless.
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Originally posted by blwyn
I wish computers had 4 odometers on them. One for trip miles, one for tour, one for yearly miles, and one forever.
Howzabout 3? Cateye Mity3 (and I think the Enduro has the same head) have 3... a normal trip odometer, and 2 additional odometers. I use one for annual and the other for weekly miles.
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I just got a CatEye Astrale. It's got all the basic functions I need, including cadence. I'm a happy biker now.

The only gripes I have are: the wiring is too short, and the fact that the clamps were designed for road bikes, not MTBs.

I've been told that CatEye has had few problems with changing technology and changing mounts ... they keep their original mounts with new models. This is the main reason why I went with CatEye.
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I've been using a Shimano Flight Deck for three years and love it.
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Ciclosport C414M is the one I like. I have use a dozen or so over the years. Al have been just fine for the basics (speed, ave, time, dist, trip). The C414M does altitude and gradients too which I like. Plus it is downloadable into the computer and graphs the rides.

Here is a screenshot of the graphing. You can flag parts of your ride for reference when riding (or afterwards).

https://ricemobile.net/cgi-bin/i/junk/cm414.jpg

I love it. Plus it has cadence option to ($15 extra) that I use and that puts the wheel sensor on the rear wheel. Then you have the orignal wireless setup for another bike (it has a two bike memory).
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