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Old 05-27-14, 08:49 AM
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Mechanical speedometer/odometer. Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend a decent quality mechanical bicycle speedometer/odometer? I'd like to keep track of my total mileage without having to fuss with apps and electronics, etc.

Requirements:

1. Mileage should have a minimum of four digits (preferably five digits).
2. Compatible with a bike with quick release wheels (I've read that some mechanical odometers don't work with QR-wheeled bikes; no idea why).
3. Cannot be reset to zero. I'm only interested in total mileage.

Thanks!
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Mechanical? Sorry, You're 50 years too late , just get a battery operated, wired one. the basic bike computer is a simple thing .

you tell it how big you wheel is, and with the spoke magnet pulse , it counts the number of times it goes around ,
and multiplies that count by the circumference of the wheel .

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Old 05-27-14, 12:20 PM
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Agreed. There is no such thing today as a quality mechanical speedometer/odometer. Even when they were around they usually wouldn't have gone well with QR wheels... but I was always partial to the odometers that hooked to the axle and had the little tab that was mounted to a spoke that would advance the odometer a partial turn for each revolution of the wheel. I think that type would be the least cumbersome on a QR wheel if you can find one.

If cost is an issue, I think the wired ones at *-mart are under $15.

Edit... I guess someone still makes the old style.

Here is one for a 24/26 inch wheel: https://www.treatland.tv/CEV-velomet...meter-7075.htm
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A bike computer battery lasts about a year , total miles when you replace the battery it goes to zero,

so want to keep a long history of total miles? write it down to keep adding your total miles over several years ..
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Some computers (all Sigma models I believe) allow you to set total mileage manually so with little effort you can keep track of total miles over battery changes.

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I have what may be the cheapest, wireless bike computer made. It cost me 5.99 with free shipping about 5 years ago. It is still being sold, but they've jacked the price way up to 7.99. Even this cheapie allows you to re-set the odometer to whatever mileage you want.
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Old 05-27-14, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post

Edit... I guess someone still makes the old style.

Here is one for a 24/26 inch wheel: https://www.treatland.tv/CEV-velomet...meter-7075.htm
Ahhhh! You really had my hopes up … until I saw that the mileage is only kept to THREE digits (I'm guessing the red digit is for tenths of a mile). Would it have really killed them to make it four or five digits?

About eight years ago I tried out a digital odometer. After about a year the computer snapped off from its cheap-o plastic bracket. I'm really not a fan of having to toy with resetting total mileage each time the battery dies, etc. All I want is the equivalent of what a car has. No need for manual calculations or writing crap down on paper.
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Some of the newest el-cheapo computers costing under $10 have a built in warning when the battery is getting low. It is very simple to reprogram the computer after you put a new battery in it and reset the cumulative mileage to the previous reading. I just looked at them today on a China site called banggood Online Shopping for Cool Gadgets, RC helicopter & Quadcopter, Mobile phone, Fashion at Banggood.com. Find the same computer on eBay for a couple bucks more and you can have it delivered in a couple days rather than three weeks for stuff ordered from China. The one I ordered in the past will keep mileage up to 9999.9 before resetting to 0.
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Get a bike computer that does not lose mileage or tire size when the battery dies. I have a Cateye that holds mileage and tire size when changing the battery. It takes two or three minutes once a year to reset the clock when the battery dies.
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Originally Posted by CompleteStreets View Post
Can anyone recommend a decent quality mechanical bicycle speedometer/odometer?...

Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Mechanical? Sorry, You're 50 years too late…

Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
Agreed. There is no such thing today as a quality mechanical speedometer/odometer. Even when they were around they usually wouldn't have gone well with QR wheels... but I was always partial to the odometers that hooked to the axle and had the little tab that was mounted to a spoke that would advance the odometer a partial turn for each revolution of the wheel. I think that type would be the least cumbersome on a QR wheel if you can find one…
Early in my adult cycling career in the 1970’s mechanical odometers were the only devices around. The most high tech innovation I knew of was by a nuclear engineer who fashioned a hard plastic striker to silence the constant “click…click…click…”
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The most high tech innovation I knew of was by a nuclear engineer who fashioned a hard plastic striker
to silence the constant “click…click…click''…
what no Polonium emitter and radiation detector coupling for the replacement trigger?
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what no Polonium emitter and radiation detector coupling for the replacement trigger?
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Actually he was a grad student and probably couldn't afford it, and couldn't get away with pilfering them from the lab.
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Here's one: Mechanical Bicycle Odometer for 20" Lot of 5 New | eBay

You'd have to work out a correction for the actual wheel circumference for larger wheels.

Personally, I think an inexpensive wired cyclometer is the way to go.
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Early in my adult cycling career in the 1970’s mechanical odometers were the only devices around. The most high tech innovation I knew of was by a nuclear engineer who fashioned a hard plastic striker to silence the constant “click…click…click…”
Yeah, I forgot about the continual clicking. Of course, as with any other repetitive or constant sound, I am pretty good at ignoring it and forgetting it is even there... unless something draws my attention to it, then it drives me nuts for a few minutes. At least they didn't impose a constant drag like the speedometers of that era did... and my guess is that they were more accurate.

In my wanderings yesterday, I did see someone selling an NOS French unit in kilometers, with a separate trip odometer along with the total...
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I give up. Maybe I'll check back on ebay in a few months. BTW the main reason I don't want an electronic odometer is because I know it'll get stolen or vandalized eventually. No, I'm not willing to attach and detach a silly odometer every time I lock my bike up, just as I would never consider doing this for a car odometer. Even if I could prevent an electronic unit from being stolen I don't want to fuss with batteries and resetting the mileage when the batteries die.
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None of the old cyclometers work well with QR wheels. The hub odometers that would are rare as hen's teeth these days. I seem to recall a roller drive odometer but again, it must be pretty rare these days.
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None of the old cyclometers work well with QR wheels. The hub odometers that would are rare as hen's teeth these days. I seem to recall a roller drive odometer but again, it must be pretty rare these days.
My bike originally came with Quick Release wheels. I didn't mention it above, but I've since replaced the QR with Onguard locking skewers. Does the typical mechanical odometer work with my locking skewer setup? Thanks!
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BTW the main reason I don't want an electronic odometer is because I know it'll get stolen or vandalized eventually. No, I'm not willing to attach and detach a silly odometer every time I lock my bike up...
With a wireless cyclometer or phone app, you can leave it in your pocket or bag and not attach it to the bike. A GPS phone app or cyclometer requires nothing on the bike.
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True a wireless sensor on the bike can possibly in theory send its pulse to your pocket ..

I got a Bike computer a longtime ago for my Touring Bike , it came with the option to mount it on the fork Blade .

so It sits down under the cantilever brake , above the front low pannier rack, largely un seen ..



now just commuting around the area no data is needed to be gathered , so I Dont even buy a battery for the one I have.

Does the typical mechanical odometer work with my locking skewer setup?
given typical is a concept not applicable to something never seen but very-very rarely .

you are asking about the typical Unicorn on Atlantis..

First you have to have any in hand. did you find One?

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