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Old 07-07-20, 11:54 PM
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First time using Bike Computer

I just bought Meilan m4 to monitor my laps and other like cadence, speed, etc.

Do you have any reviews on this item? Or any bike computer brand suggestions? (For future purposes)

Looking forward for your replies. I bought this item because it's cheap and somehow got good reviews (based on what I've read.)
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Since you already have this in your possession why don't you just use it?

If you still want suggestions for another brand Cat Eye has been in the bike computer business for over 30 years, so anything by them would be very good. I have two that are over 20 years old still working though I use a Garmin now. Lezyne also makes some bike computers that are well liked.
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I have never heard of that brand. Maybe someone can chime in that has experience. Like the other poster stated.......just go ride and then interpret the data from the ride. Most cycling computers are easy to navigate and easy to interpret.

As far as suggestions.....I am a Garmin user myself. But there are Wahoo and Cateye that are also highly thought of. I have had a Cateye in the past and they are bullet proof. Not the most features like a Garmin but does about anything most cyclist need.

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by MtSprinter View Post
I just bought Meilan m4 to monitor my laps and other like cadence, speed, etc.

Do you have any reviews on this item? Or any bike computer brand suggestions? (For future purposes)

Looking forward for your replies. I bought this item because it's cheap and somehow got good reviews (based on what I've read.)
Not sure where you saw good reviews, only reviews I've seen were on Amazon, where nearly everybody states a difficult time getting it operational as the manual is near useless. The rest of the comments seem to be mixed about inaccuracies for speed and distance, or seemingly OK. It's a cheap Chinese basic cycling computer. Cateye makes very reliable units as an alternative.
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
Since you already have this in your possession why don't you just use it?

If you still want suggestions for another brand Cat Eye has been in the bike computer business for over 30 years, so anything by them would be very good. I have two that are over 20 years old still working though I use a Garmin now. Lezyne also makes some bike computers that are well liked.
Thank you for the suggestions!
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Originally Posted by Germanrazor View Post
I have never heard of that brand. Maybe someone can chime in that has experience. Like the other poster stated.......just go ride and then interpret the data from the ride. Most cycling computers are easy to navigate and easy to interpret.

As far as suggestions.....I am a Garmin user myself. But there are Wahoo and Cateye that are also highly thought of. I have had a Cateye in the past and they are bullet proof. Not the most features like a Garmin but does about anything most cyclist need.

Good luck.
Hi Sir, thanks for this thought. Will try to explore those brands in the future. Cateye is familiar.
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
Not sure where you saw good reviews, only reviews I've seen were on Amazon, where nearly everybody states a difficult time getting it operational as the manual is near useless. The rest of the comments seem to be mixed about inaccuracies for speed and distance, or seemingly OK. It's a cheap Chinese basic cycling computer. Cateye makes very reliable units as an alternative.
Thank you sir Steve! Next time, will try to have a budget for cateye.

Also, that's a nice signature of yours.
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Originally Posted by MtSprinter View Post
I just bought Meilan m4 to monitor my laps and other like cadence, speed, etc.

Do you have any reviews on this item? Or any bike computer brand suggestions? (For future purposes)

Looking forward for your replies. I bought this item because it's cheap and somehow got good reviews (based on what I've read.)
I recently bought this. Works well, does exactly what I want it do. Only gripe when the magnet gets wet it gets erroneous information as far as cadence and speed goes, but wiping it off fixes the problem.
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If you need help setting it up shoot me a pm, the instructions are pretty useless and getting the tire size is confusing.
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
Not sure where you saw good reviews, only reviews I've seen were on Amazon, where nearly everybody states a difficult time getting it operational as the manual is near useless.

The rest of the comments seem to be mixed about inaccuracies for speed and distance, or seemingly OK. It's a cheap Chinese basic cycling computer. Cateye makes very reliable units as an alternative.
I too like Cateye. I have had a few cycle computers, always with a cadence function. Some needed replacements, e.g. lost the unit when not securely mounted (my fault).

On my usual commute I have a 3.0 mile segment measured with an auto odometer. When I get a new computer, I always check out the settings on that segement, usually within about 0.02 miles of 3.0.
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If you need help setting it up shoot me a pm, the instructions are pretty useless and getting the tire size is confusing.
I knew a fine member here would not flame you and come to assist. Good luck and as always, there are still people willing to help.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I too like Cateye. I have had a few cycle computers, always with a cadence function. Some needed replacements, e.g. lost the unit when not securely mounted (my fault).

On my usual commute I have a 3.0 mile segment measured with an auto odometer. When I get a new computer, I always check out the settings on that segement, usually within about 0.02 miles of 3.0.
OMG Jim! This is the first post Ive ever seen you make that didnt confuse the hell out of me! Nice!

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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
Since you already have this in your possession why don't you just use it?

If you still want suggestions for another brand Cat Eye has been in the bike computer business for over 30 years, so anything by them would be very good. I have two that are over 20 years old still working though I use a Garmin now. Lezyne also makes some bike computers that are well liked.
Make that closer to 40 years, I had a Cateye with cadence in the early 80s

Battery life is nuts in their wired units -- I've gotten almost 10 years. My current computer is an Astrale 8, most similar model still available is the Strada.

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