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favorite computer/speedo?

Old 03-25-07, 08:14 PM
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favorite computer/speedo?

New bike on the way. Need a new computer speedo thing.
I'm thinking I'd like cadence, and just the other "normal" stuff. Do you like/have cadence?
Like wireless? I'm not sure.

Sigma looks interesting as they claim battery changing/failure WON'T knock out your info. I think I like the big readout. Their wireless seems to be very tidy, but costs a bunch more.

How about FlightDeck? I'll have Ultegra brifters. Do I want that? Seems costly.

I've lways had Cateye, various models, they're all OK, good value, but not BRILLIANT.

Comments? Suggestions? Other brands.
Say why you like it, or hate it.
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Old 03-25-07, 08:15 PM
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a lot of people like the garmin Edge 205/305s (need 305 for cadence and HR) and so far i'm pretty happy with mine.
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I didn't like my Flightdeck, the wires are so thin and fragile. I ended up pinching the right brifter wire just a tad, and it was completely ruined and couldn't tell me what gear I was in in my rear cluster. So I was out $70.
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Sigma, Nice sized display and readout.
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how about no computer, and ride for the sake of riding, because unless your using it for training reasons there's really no reason to use one. i plan on riding computer free in 2007...
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Bike computer is one of the few areas that I'm a relative luddite -- smaller/simpler the better. I suppose there is a time I will succumb to the HR, cadence, and gps gadgetry.... but for now, it's a cateye mity 8. Speed, bike time, and mph is all I fancy.
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Originally Posted by FIVE ONE SIX
how about no computer, and ride for the sake of riding, because unless your using it for training reasons there's really no reason to use one. i plan on riding computer free in 2007...
I'm pretty sure you're right. But I find that somehow the numbers motivate me. And when I'm riding I can sometimes play with my mind "Well, I can go another mile easy" one mile at a time for a long way. I just like the numbers. I'll admit it's a flaw, but if I'm going to have a flaw I'd like it to be one with cool toys.
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Sigma 1606L. Clear readout, cadence, eveything a growing boy needs.

Pic for you:

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My fave would be the Cateye Astrale 8. No-nonsense, sharp-looking, and reliable. Best of all, comes with cadence for under $30.
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Originally Posted by FIVE ONE SIX
how about no computer, and ride for the sake of riding, because unless your using it for training reasons there's really no reason to use one. i plan on riding computer free in 2007...
There are several very good reasons to use one. The most important being that you know how fast you're going at any time. Which is vital to avoiding speeding tickets. For this reason, EVERY bike should have one permanently. But then, most cyclists don't care about traffic laws, so I'm not surprised everyone doesn't have them.

I also ride planned routes on my training rides, and knowing how far I have left to certain turns helps me navigate.
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Hi cccorlew-

My current computer is a CatEye Double Wireless Cadence & Speed model. If I didn't drop so much money on it recently I would definitely prefer one of the Sigma Sport models, which is the preferred brand of my bicycle mechanic. The simple fact-of-the-matter is that one can't remember how to go through countless different menu options, alarms, dual tripmeters, and monitor three different data fields that are present on my current computer. The Sigma Sport has a huge display screen and I learned how to navigate their computer in about three minutes using the demo on their website. I wish I made that selection.

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Old 03-25-07, 10:49 PM
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This is a lot of speedo's.
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The sigma 1606 is far superior to the cateyes in my opinion. IT's a lot cheaper as well. It has a big display, easy to use, more functions, and cheaper than the cateye.

Ive always hated the tiny little letters on the astrale
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...hlight=astrale
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Old 03-26-07, 12:22 AM
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I've got the flightdeck, and I love it.
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Old 03-26-07, 01:45 AM
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VDO MC1.0+

usual speed/distance/average functions etc , but it has excellent altitude functions, including gradient, max altitude on this ride, max altitude ever, temperature, and a handy navigator for calculating section distances to follow a map, for example. and it does all this for two different wheel sizes : two bikes. most of my riding is in mountains so altitude is very helpful.

no HR or cadence... do you really need it? you know when you're riding hard or turning your feet fast, or when you heart is pounding. people concentrate too much on heart rate anyway...

there is a wired version too. (MC1.0)
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I've got a cateye astrale 8 i think. I like it, nothing special though.

I picked it because i wanted cadence and speed/dist and i got it for like $8 off of ebay. Just buy something cheap unless you want HR integration.
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Originally Posted by CdCf
There are several very good reasons to use one. The most important being that you know how fast you're going at any time. Which is vital to avoiding speeding tickets. For this reason, EVERY bike should have one permanently. But then, most cyclists don't care about traffic laws, so I'm not surprised everyone doesn't have them.

I also ride planned routes on my training rides, and knowing how far I have left to certain turns helps me navigate.

speeding tickets? HAHAHAHAHAHA


maybe you live in Hazard County.
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Sigma 1606L wireless
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I use the Planet Bike Protege 9.0. It's got all the basic info, plus temp. and it's wired and waterproof. No cadence though...
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Polar CS200 CAD...

All bike functions, multiple readouts on each display, several layers of displayed info, HR, cadence in one computer that's easy to read, wireless, and coded. Will do up to 50 laps and can download into a PC if you want.

The thing I really like about this is the size of the sensors. That, and the display fits nicely on to my stem leaving all the stuff off my handlebars.
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I just got a new Cateye Strada:
http://www.cateye.com/en/product_detail/407

Rather basic (which is what I wanted), but does have cadence. VERY easy to use (compared to my wife's Astrale 8) and cheap (<$30).
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Old 03-26-07, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by urodacus
speeding tickets? HAHAHAHAHAHA


maybe you live in Hazard County.
Yeah. I have never, nor do I know anyone who has ever earned a speeding ticket on a bike.

I agree with the simple-is-better philosophy. I would be happy with distance/trip and cadence.

Sigma's site is hilarious. For their Topline series: the cheapest computer shows a pic of a woman with no helmet just slow poking on a Sunday afternoon in the park. The most expensive has some guy in full battle gear just givin'er. Mmmm, what are they saying here?

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I have to second the Garmin Edge 305. It is expensive and does a lot more than I actually need, but it is really neat to be able to save everything to motionbased and share it with friends and review your rides later. The one downside to the 305 is the battery life. A double century will be more than it can handle. I rode STP last year and it finally ran out around St. Helens, OR. Besides that one fault, I really like having all the data that the 305 provides.
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