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Old 10-04-06, 09:26 PM
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Any recommendations? Do I go for wireless? Are there battery and/or interference issues with those? I am just getting into road riding (have been mtn biking for years), should I get one with cadence?

Any info is helpful. I am riding a Giant TCR C3.
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What price range? For a cheap, basic cycle comp, I'd say Cateye Mity 8. For wireless, Cateye Micro Wireless. If you want cadence, the price rises pretty quickly.
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I purchased a Cateye Mity 8 for my backup bike and an Astrale 8 for my primary bike. I like them both. Cateye is the brand my LBS recommends. I did not realize how valuable cadence was until I did not have it. I wish I had an Astrale8 on both bikes.

Some people have good success with wireless and other have not. Outside interference from power lines and bike lights are two principle sources of interference.
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Old 10-05-06, 02:12 AM
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you can usually find the Cateye Astrale 8 for less than $40. It's on sale right now at Nashbar for $25. I use it and it woks great plus the cadence feature gives me a kick in the ass when I go lax.
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Old 10-05-06, 04:48 AM
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Don't go wireless!! I just got rid of mine after two weeks. They are not reliable and battery's go dead fast. I now have a Cateye Astrale 8 cc-cd200n W/ cadence and speed sensor hooked to the rear wheel. I have the wire running down the speed shift cable and you could barely notice it. Complete professional look. The wired ones are the most reliable, IMO.
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Old 10-05-06, 05:51 AM
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I've had a couple of Sigma computers which I like because they can be mounted on the stem or on the handlebar. Useful if you handlebar is taken up with lights/aerobars/HRM, or if you just like to be able to put your hands real close to the stem when you ride.

I also appreciate the fact that the Sigma's seem to be very easy to use. The speed is always displayed, then you have a big fat button that cycles through the other displays (avg, max, etc). When you are in motion, you can't view your total distance/time to save on button presses.

Oh yeah, and they are very easy to setup. All the bits just attach with rubber bands (nice rubber bands) and it seems to work very well.
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I have a Mity 8, and it's decent enough. When it wears out, I'll probably replace it with the Astrale 8 so I can get cadence, but both are decent and cheap (under $40).
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I posted this same question many months ago. Had numerous responses
on the pros and cons of wireless. I finally ended up purchasing a Cateye
Micro Wireless Computer. Though it doesn't have the cadence option I
really like it and have never had a problem with it. If you don't want
cadence then go wireless. Sure beats all those wires hanging around.
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Old 10-05-06, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by dekindy
I purchased a Cateye Mity 8 for my backup bike and an Astrale 8 for my primary bike. I like them both. Cateye is the brand my LBS recommends. I did not realize how valuable cadence was until I did not have it. I wish I had an Astrale8 on both bikes.

Some people have good success with wireless and other have not. Outside interference from power lines and bike lights are two principle sources of interference.
Why not just get a Astrale 8 pick-up set for the second bike? I currently have 5 bikes (plus 2 in parts) and only one computer. I just swap them from bike to bike. That way my yearly mileage is all on one computer.
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Props to the Astrale 8 !
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+1 on the Astrale 8
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I have the Cateye double wireless. Absolutely no trouble with it.
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I use a Planet Bike Protoge 9.0

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Computer.aspx

Not wireless and no cadence, but all i really wanted to know was my speed and mileage and the thermometer is very handy for determining if i should throw on the knee/arm warmers or not. Can't go wrong for $20.
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Originally Posted by Namenda
What price range? For a cheap, basic cycle comp, I'd say Cateye Mity 8. For wireless, Cateye Micro Wireless. If you want cadence, the price rises pretty quickly.
I have the same Cateye mounted 3" away from my HID light with no interference.
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My experiance with wired CatEye is that they are tough. I am still using the same one after 11 years, and I am only on the 3rd battery.
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Old 10-05-06, 12:05 PM
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FYI I see right now Nashbar has the Astrale 8 for $24.95.
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Old 10-05-06, 08:11 PM
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Thanks for the input. I picked up an Astrale 8 from the lbs for 40 even. (the $25 from Nashbar is a deal, but add in tax and the 7 shipping and its already 35 plus, I get to touch and play with it tonight!) I had read some good things about the Astrale before making this post last night and all the positive comments closed the deal. Despite some people's positive thoughts about wireless, I decided to stay with a tried and true winner. I'm not too big on looks, so the wire shouldn't bother me too much. Thanks again, I'm off to install.
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Sigma Sport BC 1606L for less than $25 on Amazon. Great computer. Not wireless but does have cadence included.
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Originally Posted by Hummeth
Sigma Sport BC 1606L for less than $25 on Amazon. Great computer. Not wireless but does have cadence included.

Just be careful with hitting the buttons and not accidentally knocking the computer off!

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=234735
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Blackburn 'Delphi' 3.0

Wired with wired cadence. One kick ass computer. Got mine for $29 at www.bicyclebuys.com
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