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Old 04-20-07, 12:28 PM
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Sub $50. computers...

Hey what's a decent computer for $50 bucks or less. Considering that this is only the second year that I've been riding road, I'm not too concernd with the amount of functions that it has, but more the durability and accuracy. Is it better to do wireless or wired? What brands has everyone had good or bad luck with? Thanks alot.
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Originally Posted by C-daleRAG
Hey what's a decent computer for $50 bucks or less. Considering that this is only the second year that I've been riding road, I'm not too concernd with the amount of functions that it has, but more the durability and accuracy. Is it better to do wireless or wired? What brands has everyone had good or bad luck with? Thanks alot.
Cateye Mity 8 or Enduro 8. Around $30. The Timex of bicycle computers. "They take a lickin' and keep on tickin'". And if they don't they're cheap enough you don't really care
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I picked up a Sigma 1606L DTS on the 'bay for $50, signed sealed delivered (LBS price is 80-90 + tax). I've only got 200 miles with it right now, so I can't comment on it's durability etc., but so far so good.
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I've had very good luck with the wired VDO computer on my commuter. It's been dropped many times, and has also survived the harsh Latvian winter.
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I'm an old man who needs reading glasses. I have a hard time reading anything but the speed on a Cateye. I love the Planetbike computers. They are easy to read and to use. You can get the 5 function for about $15 and the 9 function for about twice that.
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I got a fitzer something from MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop) in Canada for $11. It's wired and has all the info you need except for cadence. I'm on my 2nd one (two bike) and so far so good. You can't beat the price!
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I like my cateye cordless 7. $30ish on ebay.
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I got the dB LW4C from Performance for, like, $20. It's on my wife's bike. Wireless speed, wired cadence. Has four lines, so you can see all the info you might want at a glance. I think it's made by Filzer. Works for me.

I don't like Cateyes because I think the user interface is needlessly complex.
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Cateye Astrale 8 FTW!
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Love my new Cateye Strada - much easier to use than my Astrale 8!
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+1 On the Astrale 8

I've had good luck with it and it's one of the few cheap computers that does cadence.
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Cateye Micro Wireless for me. Cost $50 installed at a LBS. It's not fancy, but it does what I need.
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Sigma's are the ticket. Nice and cheap and lots of options to choose from.

Not to mention superb reliability.
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Just picked up my second Cateye Micro Wireless on eBay for $26. The Strada's look nice as well.
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+1 on Planet Bike's comps. I've had a other comps die after getting caught in heavy rain. Planet Bike's hold up. Plus they are one of the few with a Temperature reading.
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+1 on Planet Bike's comps. I've had a other comps die after getting caught in heavy rain. Planet Bike's hold up. Plus they are one of the few with a Temperature reading.
I'll second that. I love my Planet Bike Protege 9.0. The only time I ever touch it is to reset it for each ride. It's been through a couple rainstorms now without a glitch. ...although, so has my old Specialized computer. I like my Protege 9.0 better, though.
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+1 on the Planet Bike Protoge (i have the 8.0). But if you want/need cadence, the Cateye Astrale 8 is a good choice too. I just recently replaced the Protoge with an Astrale because i really wanted to have a cadence readout. However the Protoge now resides on my commuter/CX bike so i can finally see just how fast i'm moving when i'm coming home from work.
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I like the Blackburn Delphi series. The whole thing looks and feels solid and made to last. Buttons feel great. It has a 4 line display on all models. I won't go back to 2 line models...too much stuff to press to see my info. The wire on my cadence sensor is nice and thick. I've only had it for a couple weeks after my Vetta broke, but it looks like it will last and Blackburn gives me a lifetime warranty.

I have the 4.0 wireless for 59. The 3.0 wired should only be 40 dollars with cadence.

One caveat: It has no center or stem mount. Keep that in mind should you want wing bars in the future.
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Originally Posted by 70ElkySS
Love my new Cateye Strada - much easier to use than my Astrale 8!
+1 on the Strada. I switched 2 of my bikes to this one.
I've found them online for $25.
Simple operation, very light, clean looking stem mount, and the basic functionality I wanted.

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Originally Posted by huytheskigod
Cateye Astrale 8 FTW!
+1

Cadence ftw!
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