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Old 04-13-03, 02:20 PM
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Electronics Recomendations

OK - so as the Alum-V-Steel discussion rages onward...
How about some recomendations on a good Cyclocomputer.

Wireless -V- Wired.
Altimeter or not...
All the functions they can cram into the circuit board or just the basics.

I'm not looking to spend much more the $50. Shoot it's really only a digital watch with a slight variation to the chip.

And just so we're clear - color coordination is not an issue. I'm out to ride - not win a fashion show.

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I don't like wireless computers simply because I forget to turn them on. I use the PlanetBike 8.0 because it shows lots of stuff all on one display. It's wired so it turns itself on when I start riding.
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I have a Cat Eye Astrale. Simple, affordable and offers everything I need. It isn't wireless, but it's a nice cadence computer for under $50.
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I second the Cat Eye. For less than $ 50, you all the usual functions plus cadence. I love mine.
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Make that 3 for the cateye. I currently use the Cateye HB-100 and Donna uses the Tomo (I think that's what it is called). I'm getting both of us Cateye Astrale's so we'll have the cadence function.

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Skip wireless. They have an annoying tendency to temporarily go ape due to wires, etc., along the road. Plus it requires an extra battery. Since you're near the mountains, the altimeter would be nice, but you aren't going to find one in your price range.
My current computer is a Cateye Mity-3. $20-ish, no cadence, but has pretty much all the other standard stuff.
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I have a couple of bikes with the Mity 3 and really like them. Accurate & easy to use. My mountain bike bike has a Cateye CC-AT100 altimiter, the interface isn't as simple as I would like plus it wasn't cheap. All have auto start & stop, something I won't live without. Reset the unit at the start of your ride and forget about it.
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I'll 2nd what was said about the PlanetBike Protégé, simple operation with 4 lines of information all on the same screen.

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Ive had both wired and wireless and despite whats being said I DO like being able to turn on and off the computer. You can turn it off at lights and when you ahve to stop so you dont screw up your average speed and time riding. I ride around the phoenix area and there are plenty of cables, wires, lines along the streets I ride and I have never had a problem. Ive got a cateye midi 2, so far, no probs.
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I agree with TriDevil; I also have used both, and the only reason I went wireless is because something snagged my wired one and pulled the wire out just enough to make it read and not read AND I wanted the cleaner look. Since going Cateye wireless I have had no problems with it. It is probably a tad heavier than a wired job due to the extra battery in the sending unit. It does turn itself off after about 5 minutes of no readings and that's good, but you do have to remember to turn it on when you ride. I never needed a altimeter and I have been riding into mountains for 30 years; I don't care how high I am, just how far I've gone, how fast, average speed and elapsed time.

By the way the new Cateye wireless 3 does start and stop automatically.
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I fourth the Cateye Astrale. Easily turned on and off when stopped (and some day I will remember to do so). Inexpensive, easy to use and over four years has proved to be bullet proof. I use the Mity 2 on my MTB and it seems to be as good the Astrale, but with no cadence.
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