Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Can a cycle computer do this?

Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Can a cycle computer do this?

Old 07-22-05, 11:43 AM
  #1  
mellonhead
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 51
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Can a cycle computer do this?

I have yet to find one that can do this.....

You punch in a distance (say, 50km), and a time (say, 1hr, 45min), then start riding.
The computer will give you a constant time-difference to an imaginary rider going 28.5 kph average speed. So if your riding your 50km at 30kph the computer will display a positive time that will slowly grow, and if your speed drops below 28.5 kph your 'time-gap' will fall until it goes into negative numbers.

The only feature I've seen that comes close is the 'Pacer' feature, but that usually is only an arrow that tells you if your above/below the average speed you have set.

Does anyone know of a computer that will do what I want?
mellonhead is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 12:10 PM
  #2  
CardiacKid
SNARKY MEMBER
 
CardiacKid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: South Austin
Posts: 2,829
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
The computer God gave you should be able to be programmed to do this.
CardiacKid is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 12:36 PM
  #3  
The_Guru
S.African in Switzerland
 
The_Guru's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Posts: 376

Bikes: Cannondale Saeco with Campagnolo Record 10 + Ksyrium SSC, Trek 4700 MTB, 531CS Reynolds with 105 and biopace :-o

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you know the intended distance and time in advance, work out what your average speed should be. Get a computer that can display average speed.
If your indicated average speed falls below your desired average speed, pedal harder.
The_Guru is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 12:52 PM
  #4  
ulmer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 115
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've never heard of one but it would be an interesting option to have.
ulmer is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 12:56 PM
  #5  
sunninho
Go Titans!!
 
sunninho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Culver City, CA
Posts: 2,489

Bikes: '04 Eddy Merckx Team SC - Record - Rolf Prima Vigor; Andy Hampsten Cinghiale - Dura Ace 7800 - Rolf Elan Aero

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You could get a computrainer hooked up to an LCD screen in your house:

http://www.racermateinc.com/computrainer.asp
__________________
One must live the way one thinks or end up thinking the way one has lived.
--Paul Bourget
sunninho is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 01:19 PM
  #6  
oliverw
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The Garmin Forerunner 201 has a Virtual Partner that I think you can program with time and distance. I used the Forerunner for awhile, but I ride where the are lots of trees and it lost it's signal. If you have a clear view of the sky on you rides it works great.

http://www.garmin.com/products/forerunner201/

oliverw
oliverw is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 01:44 PM
  #7  
brooklyner
Urban Biker
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 118

Bikes: LeMond Sarthe (2005), Cannondale Bad Boy (2001)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
seems like it would be a useless function unless you were on completely flat terrain. the computer would go at a constant pace, you would fall behind going down hills and get ahead going up hills - so you would have to mentally factor in the whole course to know where you really stood against the pace - whats the point???
brooklyner is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 02:47 PM
  #8  
samp02
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,179
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It would deress the heck out of me to see me always behind "schedule"
samp02 is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 03:12 PM
  #9  
genec
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Posts: 26,350

Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2

Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6572 Post(s)
Liked 116 Times in 75 Posts
A GPS might be your ticket... calculate the time you would expect to arrive at your destination and then view the ETA on the GPS to see if you are going to make it.
genec is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 03:15 PM
  #10  
Dinstee
Senior Member
 
Dinstee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Memphis, TN USA
Posts: 331
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I don't know a single thing about cycling computers so forgive the question if it's ill-informed. Can you run a course and use the times the computer captured as a caparison for future rides of that course?
Dinstee is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 04:27 PM
  #11  
meme
Buddha Khan
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 445
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think the pace arrow along with the average speed on many cyclocomputers would allow you to do that?
meme is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 05:16 PM
  #12  
ksb
Getting there
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Philadelphia-ish
Posts: 17

Bikes: Giant OCR-C2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Dinstee
Can you run a course and use the times the computer captured as a caparison for future rides of that course?
I think that you can do something like this with the NaviiON Bike Computer. Nashbar has it for $200. I'm interested, but it seems a bit big and doesn't have any cadence functions.
ksb is offline  
Old 07-22-05, 05:20 PM
  #13  
zonatandem
Senior Member
 
zonatandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 11,018

Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 73 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Did you flunk math in grade school? Use your brain and figure it out!
zonatandem is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Jax Rhapsody
BMX
0
10-05-15 12:58 AM
concernicus
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
1
03-02-06 08:28 PM
swaco
Road Cycling
1
12-30-04 11:51 PM
MoshB
BMX
0
03-20-02 12:43 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.