Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Might be time to consider a computer

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Might be time to consider a computer

Old 10-05-10, 02:15 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 62

Bikes: 2000 Schwinn Paramount Ti, 1994 LeMond/Bilatto, 1985 Colnago Super

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Might be time to consider a computer

Hi, I think it might be time I consider a cycling computer for my bike. I have Dura Ace 7800, so I imagine I can use Shimano's Flight Deck product.

What I want is something that can gauge speed, avg. speed, top speed, cadence, heart rate, distance, and the degree of incline when I climb hills.

If the computer can be downloaded to a computer, hopefully it is Mac compatible as that's all I have for a PC at the moment.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.
dd74 is offline  
Old 10-05-10, 02:26 PM
  #2  
SLO-1
 
Yaniel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 2,691

Bikes: '09 BMC Road Racer SL01

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
you basically described a Garmin edge 305/500/705. It'll measure all those things and is mac compatible. It's not flight deck compatible though.
Yaniel is offline  
Old 10-05-10, 02:47 PM
  #3  
grilled cheesus
 
aham23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: 8675309
Posts: 6,957

Bikes: 2010 CAAD9 Custom, 06 Giant TCR C2 & 05 Specialized Hardrock Sport

Liked 5 Times in 4 Posts
get a garmin 500 and be done with it. later.
__________________
aham23 is offline  
Old 10-05-10, 03:34 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 29,608

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r, Marin Muirwoods 29er, Trek FX Alpha 7.0

Liked 3,618 Times in 2,365 Posts
I'm not familiar with that bike or computer but I can say that I have a computer on several bikes and I find it really fun and interesting to have that kind of information. so DEFINITELY get a computer! :-)
rumrunn6 is offline  
Old 10-05-10, 03:37 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,745

Bikes: S-Works Roubaix SL2^H4, Secteur Sport, TriCross, Kaffenback, Lurcher 29er

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
+1 on the Garmin Edge 500. If you look at the specs vs. the Flight Deck there is no comparison.
svtmike is offline  
Old 10-05-10, 03:45 PM
  #6  
well hello there
 
Nachoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Point Loma, CA
Posts: 15,434

Bikes: Bill Holland (Road-Ti), Fuji Roubaix Pro (back-up), Bike Friday (folder), Co-Motion (tandem) & Trek 750 (hybrid)

Liked 340 Times in 209 Posts
Originally Posted by dd74
Hi, I think it might be time I consider a cycling computer for my bike. I have Dura Ace 7800, so I imagine I can use Shimano's Flight Deck product.

What I want is something that can gauge speed, avg. speed, top speed, cadence, heart rate, distance, and the degree of incline when I climb hills.

If the computer can be downloaded to a computer, hopefully it is Mac compatible as that's all I have for a PC at the moment.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.
The flight deck does not measure incline or altitude. It's also not uploadable.
__________________
.
.

Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
Nachoman is offline  
Old 10-05-10, 03:47 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 14,723

Bikes: Cervélo S2

Liked 21 Times in 11 Posts
Edge 500. Without a doubt.
Velo Gator is offline  
Old 10-05-10, 05:31 PM
  #8  
ka maté ka maté ka ora
 
pdedes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: wessex
Posts: 4,423

Bikes: breezer venturi - red novo bosberg - red, pedal force cg1 - red, neuvation f-100 - da, devinci phantom - xt, miele piste - miche/campy, bianchi reparto corse sbx, concorde squadra tsx - da, miele team issue sl - ultegra

Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
another vote for the 500
pdedes is offline  
Old 10-05-10, 07:00 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,980

Bikes: Habanero Titanium Team Nuevo

Liked 187 Times in 123 Posts
I have a Trek insight 8 wireless that is great dead accurate and has never had any issues in 4000 miles except I had to change a battery. I also have a Garmin Four Runner 305 that I use with it being a runner too. The Gramin it dead accurate in my last century the garmin had 100.15 miles and the Trek 100 even. I like using both but I had the garmin for running before I ever had a bike computer so finally I simply bought the bike computer. I use the wheel roll out method to get the Trek at the best level of accuracy.
deacon mark is offline  
Old 10-05-10, 09:52 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 790
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Got the Edge 500 last week. I don't know how I lived without it.

Screw the flight deck.
ErichM is offline  
Old 10-06-10, 05:45 AM
  #11  
Philly Fanatic
 
Sylv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 168

Bikes: 2010 Tarmac Expert

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Another Edge 500 vote. All the data you need, none of the bull**** you don't.
Sylv is offline  
Old 10-06-10, 05:49 AM
  #12  
Banned.
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 732
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
In the short term depending on what kind of phone you beverages there are apps that will do a lot of what your asking just not cadence.
cappuccino911 is offline  
Old 10-06-10, 08:40 AM
  #13  
John Wayne Toilet Paper
 
nhluhr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Roanoke
Posts: 1,952

Bikes: BH carbon, Ritchey steel, Kona aluminum

Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by cappuccino911
In the short term depending on what kind of phone you beverages there are apps that will do a lot of what your asking just not cadence.
What? :confused:

Get the Garmin Edge 500.
nhluhr is offline  
Old 10-06-10, 08:49 AM
  #14  
pan y agua
 
merlinextraligh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Jacksonville
Posts: 31,408

Bikes: Willier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Calfee Dragonfly tandem, Calfee Adventure tandem; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Motebecanne Phantom Cross; Schwinn Paramount Track bike

Liked 822 Times in 425 Posts
Originally Posted by Nachoman
The flight deck does not measure incline or altitude. It's also not uploadable.
And from many accounts is a PITA.

About the only thing it does offer is telling you what gear you're in.

However, you can put an inline indicator into your cable on 7800 to do that, or you can simply look.
__________________
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.
merlinextraligh is offline  
Old 10-06-10, 09:45 AM
  #15  
Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped.
 
BarracksSi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 13,861

Bikes: Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?

Liked 5 Times in 4 Posts
FWIW, I have a Flight Deck on my 7800. I actually like how it has the gear combo displayed so I don't have to look down between my legs. I also like that I can change functions and start lap timers without leaving the hoods. And, I can see what my cadence would be as I'm coasting downhill and thinking of what gear I should shift to when it comes time to pedal.

But, yup, it's not uploadable (I don't care), has no incline, altitude, or GPS tracking (don't care), no interval timer, HR, or backlight (don't miss those from my Blackburn Neuro), and comes with the biggest friggin' spoke magnet I've ever seen (which I replaced with the Neuro's smaller rare earth spoke magnet).

So, there are some things that I really like, and some that make me go "meh". I only wish that it would display a combination of cadence and clock, because those two things are what I think about the most during a ride (although, unlike the Neuro, it can show the cadence as the large number with speed in smaller digits). If I change shifters, I'm just going to go back to a wired Cateye Strada.
BarracksSi is offline  
Old 10-06-10, 09:51 AM
  #16  
Live to ride ride to live
 
Carbon Unit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 4,896

Bikes: Calfee Tetra Pro

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I have had a 305 and now have a 705. I love these computers. The best bang for the buck in the Garmine line is the 500. The 500 has a better screen than the 305, is smaller and I think cheaper too. The 705 is great if you want to create a route on your computer and have the 705 give you turn-by-turn directions; of if you want to enter a location and have the 705 give you directions.
Carbon Unit is offline  
Old 10-06-10, 09:53 AM
  #17  
Headset-press carrier
 
logdrum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Corrales New Mexico
Posts: 2,137

Bikes: Kona with Campy 8, Lynskey Ti with Rival, Bianchi pista, Raleigh Team Frame with SRAM Red, Specialized Stump Jumper, Surley Big Dummy

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Forgo the vacation, skip 6 months of college fund savings, buy a used washer instead of a new one and you don't need a new car yet. Then get a quarq crankset, a a cable lock for the crank and a Garmin something 500 or 750. Revise your home insurance if applicable to include your new found schwag. Best 2400 you will ever spend. Not that I did it yet but it maybe happening soon.

I have 2 PMs already (PTs and iAero CPU). The problem is once you have one, you can't really think of riding a bike without one. Even for the big dummy - I want one. It reminds me to constantly push and improve. I am afraid that once you get to the Garmin then you won't go back to anything without GPS.

If you follow the Garmin advice be prepared for the addiction that will follow if you own multiple bikes. If you do find a Performance Bike tent sale, they were blowing VDO with altimeters for less than 60.
logdrum is offline  
Old 10-06-10, 10:03 AM
  #18  
SLO-1
 
Yaniel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 2,691

Bikes: '09 BMC Road Racer SL01

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by logdrum
Forgo the vacation, skip 6 months of college fund savings, buy a used washer instead of a new one and you don't need a new car yet. Then get a quarq crankset, a a cable lock for the crank and a Garmin something 500 or 750. Revise your home insurance if applicable to include your new found schwag. Best 2400 you will ever spend. Not that I did it yet but it maybe happening soon.

I have 2 PMs already (PTs and iAero CPU). The problem is once you have one, you can't really think of riding a bike without one. Even for the big dummy - I want one. It reminds me to constantly push and improve. I am afraid that once you get to the Garmin then you won't go back to anything without GPS.

If you follow the Garmin advice be prepared for the addiction that will follow if you own multiple bikes. If you do find a Performance Bike tent sale, they were blowing VDO with altimeters for less than 60.
the beautiful part about the Garmin is that all you need to move it to another bike is a <$10 mount, as long as you don't mind riding without cadence. Everything else is contained in the unit which can be put on as many bikes as you want.
Yaniel is offline  
Old 10-06-10, 11:56 AM
  #19  
Live to ride ride to live
 
Carbon Unit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 4,896

Bikes: Calfee Tetra Pro

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Yaniel
the beautiful part about the Garmin is that all you need to move it to another bike is a <$10 mount, as long as you don't mind riding without cadence. Everything else is contained in the unit which can be put on as many bikes as you want.
Even cadence is an easy fix. The cadence sensors are sold separately for around $40.00. Put a cadence sensor on your other bike. Garmin 500 and 705 can support up to three bikes and keep track of the mileage on each one.
Carbon Unit is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Jimi77
Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets
15
07-12-13 04:45 AM
FlatTyre
Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets
2
05-28-13 08:06 AM
WorldIRC
Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets
1
04-24-10 04:14 PM
RacerOne
Road Cycling
10
01-11-10 01:17 PM
ebonyresearch
Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets
6
12-11-09 07:44 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.