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View Poll Results: What do you use to track your rides (multiple options possible)
Simple Cycling computer (Sensor based speedometer without GPS)
64
49.61%
GPS Unit (Garmin or other, possibly with power meter)
57
44.19%
Strava / Runkeeper / other phone based GPS tracking apps
27
20.93%
Nothing! I like to keep it simple and just enjoy the ride!
7
5.43%
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Poll: Do you still use an "old-fashioned" Cycling computer / speedometer?

Old 05-09-18, 07:47 AM
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Poll: Do you still use an "old-fashioned" Cycling computer / speedometer?

Hello everyone,

I just finished installing my old Sigma BC12.12 cycling computer on my road bike after it having gathered dust for some time.

This made me wonder: have these things become totally obsolete and superseded by Garmins and Strava? Or do people still use them nowadays?

Poll time!
Thanks and enjoy the discussion!
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Old 05-09-18, 08:00 AM
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I still use Cateye Micro bike computers on my road bikes for backup and odometer stats. MapMyRide on Android for primary.
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Old 05-09-18, 08:06 AM
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Got one on everyone one of my bikes...until the cheap one from eBay broke.
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Old 05-09-18, 08:20 AM
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Simple cateye is all I need, I'm not doing any intense riding or training worth keeping track of. If I want a record of my route, I have a gps app on my phone that will track it. That's all I need - distance and speed. Elevation? pffttt I always try to do the minimum.
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Old 05-09-18, 08:20 AM
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Garmin 520 here.

I like to constantly monitor my power and cadence, and upload rides to Strava. I don't even bother looking at speed, and the odo isn't useful to me if I can't easily log it with meaningful data (elevation gain).
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Old 05-09-18, 08:40 AM
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I do on my TT bike, all my road bikes I use my Garmin 500. (is the Edge 500 considered "old-fashioned" yet?)
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Old 05-09-18, 09:10 AM
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I still use Sigma bike computers but they are getting harder to find. I tried Cateye unsuccessfully. Cateye wireless computers (2 different models) quit working when I turned on my Niterider headlights. I don't need nor want all the other stuff that comes with the GPS units and I darn sure don't want to pay for them.
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Old 05-09-18, 09:11 AM
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Garmin wrist watch. Power meter pedals.
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GPS tracker app on phone in pocket. Wheel rev counter speedometer bar mounted.
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Only on Long bike tours, I take the battery out between times.. once home.
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I have a Garmin Vivoactive HR watch that I strap to the handlebars with a foam watch adapter. Now I only need the one device that I can swap between all three of my bikes in a few seconds. When the battery died on my last cateye, it got removed and is sitting in the spare parts drawer now.
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Old fashion simple cycle computer on one bike, nothing on all the others. No phone of any sort, and certainly no Garmin.
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Old 05-09-18, 10:52 AM
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I've been running Strava on my phone for ride tracking lately. RideWithGPS gives me real time speed and other data.

But, I also like the little simple bike computers.

Or, sometimes, the Strava phone goes in the backpack... still recording, but out of sight, and I just ride.

I'm hauling cargo a lot, and don't need to be reminded of my whopping 3MPH speeds
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Old 05-09-18, 11:54 AM
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As someone who's been using Garmin stuff for years now, it's great to see people still use "old fashioned" computers. I remember selling quite a lot of them to people when I worked in a shop. Phones can do the basic mapping stuff if you're into that.

The primary reason I moved to Garmin stuff was to train with HR. I might be moving to power soon, which is also nice. I am not planning on racing or doing huge events, but all this data helps me to be better and healthier to do the stuff I enjoy.
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Old 05-09-18, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by cycledogg View Post
I do on my TT bike, all my road bikes I use my Garmin 500. (is the Edge 500 considered "old-fashioned" yet?)
Garmin 500 for me too. And because it has not blue tooth capability, I end up rarely syncing it up with garmin connect or strava.
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Old 05-09-18, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by jitteringjr View Post
I have a Garmin Vivoactive HR watch that I strap to the handlebars with a foam watch adapter. Now I only need the one device that I can swap between all three of my bikes in a few seconds. When the battery died on my last cateye, it got removed and is sitting in the spare parts drawer now.
That's exactly what I use...uploads automatically to Strava and MFP. I have speed and cadence sensors on both of my bikes and the watch syncs to them within 30sec. I still keep Cateye's on the bikes just for the clocks and the odometers.
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Originally Posted by jitteringjr View Post
I have a Garmin Vivoactive HR watch that I strap to the handlebars with a foam watch adapter. Now I only need the one device that I can swap between all three of my bikes in a few seconds. When the battery died on my last cateye, it got removed and is sitting in the spare parts drawer now.
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That's exactly what I use...uploads automatically to Strava and MFP. I have speed and cadence sensors on both of my bikes and the watch syncs to them within 30sec. I still keep Cateye's on the bikes just for the clocks and the odometers.
Huh interesting! Never thought you could do that with a fitness watch. Does it still do the heartrate function when you strap it to the bike? Why would you use this over a dedicated unit like a Garmin 520? Can it do turn by turn navigation?

Interesting to see how many people still use the old fashioned computers, although the popularity of the GPS enabled devices is apparent as well.
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Huh interesting! Never thought you could do that with a fitness watch. Does it still do the heartrate function when you strap it to the bike? Why would you use this over a dedicated unit like a Garmin 520? Can it do turn by turn navigation?

Interesting to see how many people still use the old fashioned computers, although the popularity of the GPS enabled devices is apparent as well.
I have a garmin chest heart rate monitor that pairs to the watch. Or you could just wear the watch and use the built in watch monitor but it isn't as accurate or as fast responding to changes in HR. Its also harder to see while riding when you are wearing it.
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I use a Garmin, or nothing...mostly...but the wife and son both have "basic" computers. I still have an use my first Avocet from decades ago on one of my older bikes. Wires and all.
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I prefer the old school cable speedometers.

https://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Speedometer/dp/B000CSKBBS
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Originally Posted by jitteringjr View Post
I have a garmin chest heart rate monitor that pairs to the watch. Or you could just wear the watch and use the built in watch monitor but it isn't as accurate or as fast responding to changes in HR. Its also harder to see while riding when you are wearing it.
Again, same here. I have the cheaper Garmin chest strap and it works well. For the Vivoactive HR watch, I bought a 3rd party app that displays the speed, cadence, HR, distance and elapsed time on the main screen. It also automatically pauses when the bike is stopped for more that 10 seconds and restarts when peddling is resumed. Before taking off, I just make sure the cadence, speed and heart sensors are all paired with the watch. It takes less than 30 seconds, then I strap it to the handlebars. It's a pain to see when it's on your wrist.
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Big readout, but no cadence on Cateyes that are on the FG and Helium, cadence with smaller display on Cateye that's on the Casati, Giant's own (Neos) on Propel. Nothing on TCX. But in all cases, I record rides on Strava, but that's on phone in my pocket, which I don't look at during the ride unless I get totally lost. Guy at the shop is always trying to sell me a Garmin, but I figure: why bother?
I only use the basic version of Strava, but I sprung for the Pro version of VeloViewer, because it's way more interesting to me than Strava's pay features.
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Old 05-09-18, 10:57 PM
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Garmin 520. I am fortunate that I can afford the price of a GPS. Looking at all the numbers while I ride helps alleviate some of the boredom. And I like numbers!
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Strava for tracking combined with Apple watch, speedometer to give an idea of distance and speed.

For touring I'm uncertain - tried with an Android phone in Thailand last time. Luckily I had a map (remember them), because battery life with GPS was basically only an hour or two and I couldn't see where I was, let alone which of the 3 roads to take !
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I had been using Cateye computers forever. Always found them a PITA to set up. So thankful for my Garmin Edge 200.
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