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How many use a wired computer?

Old 10-29-09, 02:19 PM
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I use a wired cyclometer because I live in a big city and lots of wireless devices get interference from the all the microwaves that bounce off of the buildings. I have a Cat Eye Astrale 8. If you get it without cadence, it's one wire.
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Old 10-29-09, 02:30 PM
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I have a blackburn delphi 3.0 computer, it does speed & cadence. One wire down to the two pickups, there is a "Y" in the cable to go them. Works great so far.
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Old 10-29-09, 02:48 PM
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I have a Garmin Edge 205. I like it because there is nothing to it. Clip it on the bars and go. I have multiple bikes so it makes it easy to switch from one to the other. I think I am going to upgrade to the 605 shortly though. I've had the 205 for 2 years now and I have no complaints, I just want the turn by turn directions so I can get myself lost, and find my way home.
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Old 10-29-09, 02:51 PM
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Both wired and wireless. Wireless is more convenient for relocating and looks cleaner. But you have to wait on restarts.



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Old 10-29-09, 03:03 PM
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I have a couple of wired Sigmas - I really don't see the point of wireless given the interference problems. I can't wholeheartedly recommend Sigma though as I had to get my 1606L replaced when the battery door failed after just a few months.

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Old 10-29-09, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post
Stay away from Sigma.
Why? An LBS by me went away from Cateye computers and went with Sigma. Well, that was at least the story they gave me why they did not carry Cateye.
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Old 10-29-09, 03:11 PM
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Sorry, forgot to say the LBS went away from Cateye because of claimed reliability issues.
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Old 10-29-09, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by curiouskid55 View Post
Wired on my race bikes, wireless on my plush bike.
Me too, but the exact opposite.
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Old 10-29-09, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by joe_5700 View Post
Why? An LBS by me went away from Cateye computers and went with Sigma. Well, that was at least the story they gave me why they did not carry Cateye.
Expensive, rubber band mounting mechanism is terrible, flaky sensors (esp. on the wireless units).

I've used both the 1606L wired and wireless units.

The wireless unit actually came with my trainer and it's the worst piece of bike junk I've ever owned. I couldn't even give it away to a co-worker for his beach cruiser, that's how bad it was.

Read reviews of Sigma online, I'm not the only one...
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Old 10-29-09, 03:37 PM
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Oh yeah, and also who the heck designed Sigma's magnets?

Everyone else uses screw-on type magnets.

The genius at Sigma decided to use a design that either seizes on bladed spokes as used in Mavic wheels and other popular spokes like Sapim CX-Ray and makes it very difficult to take off, or doesn't fit on thin, round ones, like DT Revolutions, which makes the magnet move around.
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Agree on Sigma. I had one that crapped out after a month of use. Went back to Cateye. This is one of the few instances of the French having superior technology to the Germans.
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Old 10-29-09, 03:39 PM
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cateye v2c. i think the 2.4ghz standard has far fewer interference issues.
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Old 10-29-09, 04:09 PM
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Cateye Mity 3 (I think?) Wired, small and simple. Never changed the battery (10 years+).
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Old 10-29-09, 04:38 PM
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I use wired (mity 8). It was cheap.

I also use a wireless (different bike).

I like the wireless better, the wire itself is ugly. Never had interference problems. The wireless seems to function the same (although the update time is a little slower).

Personally I think powertap has the best solution. However, I'm not buying a powertap...
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Old 10-29-09, 04:58 PM
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I do. As mentioned above, no interference from/with other electronics to worry about.

Cateye are most reliable.
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Old 10-29-09, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post
Oh yeah, and also who the heck designed Sigma's magnets?

Everyone else uses screw-on type magnets.

The genius at Sigma decided to use a design that either seizes on bladed spokes as used in Mavic wheels and other popular spokes like Sapim CX-Ray and makes it very difficult to take off, or doesn't fit on thin, round ones, like DT Revolutions, which makes the magnet move around.
I've never had any of the issues your describing with the rubber band or magnet and I'm using those exact DT revolution spokes. Interference even though there coded and loosing signal is a big problem. Lost 3 km on my ride today and cadence was all over the place.

I'm going back to wired, the 5 year old Cat eye Astrale 8 on a older bike has the original batery. The sigma 1606L wireless I've gone through 7 in just over 2 years.
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Old 10-29-09, 07:26 PM
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i have a cateye Mity8 on my road bike. I have never had a computer on my 97 Cannondale Super V700.
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I have a Sigma 1606L wired computer. Only thing I don't like about it is that it has too many features.

Of course, at the moment, it's installed in a ziplock bag in a drawer in the garage right next to the Garmin. I realized that most of the time I just plain don't care.
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Old 10-29-09, 08:11 PM
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Shimano FlightDeck - wired - like the cadence and gear indicator functions.
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Wired. Got it cause it is 20 less than the wireless of the same abilities. Like it. Sigma.
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Old 10-29-09, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Boudicca View Post
I gave up on wireless after several different computers insisted on telling me I was riding 99km/h when I was standing at traffic lights, or crossing the streetcar tracks. Cateyes on two bikes, and no computer at all on the Friday. There's something quite refreshing about having no clue at all how far or how fast you are riding.

^ some of this

Two points: yes, I gave up on wireless for the same reasons. No, I haven't given up on knowing how far you are or how fast you are going.
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Old 10-29-09, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by OBXCycling.com View Post
I have a wireless Blackburn 4.0 that I'll trade ya for a 3.0 wired (with cadence).

My MagicShine light (soon to be MagicShines) interferes with the wireless too much.
I use a wired Blackburn 3.0 w/cadence.

I'm not trading.
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Old 10-29-09, 11:25 PM
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Have the Flight Deck wired and wireless. No difference.
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Old 10-30-09, 12:28 AM
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I'm looking for speed, distance and calories burned. What wired unit can I get? Can't seem to find what I want looking online at various sources...so I figured you guys n gals would be able to give me some advice/suggestions....TIA!
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Old 10-30-09, 07:04 AM
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I was happy with wired Flight Deck - especially the gear indicator - for years but have had nothing but trouble with the wireless Flight Deck. Most rides the time/distance functions give out somewhere, though the current speed/odometer still works. Have played with the sensor - if anyone has advice it would be welcome. Maybe I should find rides that avoid crossing railways and power lines.
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