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Spying on Bike Computers

Old 06-07-11, 09:21 AM
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Spying on Bike Computers

Sometimes when I see a nice bike locked up outside with a computer on it, I am sorely tempted to peek at their odometer. Is that weird? Would you be offended if some stranger scrolled through your stats?

Some of the fancier computers store quite a lot of data about the recent rides, and I think I'd be interested to see just how fast that Madone has been moving, but I guess you're less likely to see those out on the street without someone watching it.

Does anybody else have the compulsion to spy on other people's bike computers?
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Old 06-07-11, 09:24 AM
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I can honestly say that this never crossed my mind... until now.

To answer your question... yeah, I think I'd have issues to find someone fiddling around with anything on my bike.
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Old 06-07-11, 09:32 AM
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I can honestly say that this never crossed my mind... until now.

To answer your question... yeah, I think I'd have issues to find someone fiddling around with anything on my bike.
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Old 06-07-11, 09:33 AM
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I think there may be a 12 step program for people with your affliction.
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Originally Posted by Dan The Man View Post
Sometimes when I see a nice bike locked up outside with a computer on it, I am sorely tempted to peek at their odometer. Is that weird? Would you be offended if some stranger scrolled through your stats?

Some of the fancier computers store quite a lot of data about the recent rides, and I think I'd be interested to see just how fast that Madone has been moving, but I guess you're less likely to see those out on the street without someone watching it.

Does anybody else have the compulsion to spy on other people's bike computers?

I'd be seriously annoyed to find a total stranger fiddling with anything on my bike. How is the owner supposed to know that you're just looking at their stats rather than wanting to steal their computer, and what business is it of yours what the owner has been doing anyway?

If you really want to know wait until the owner returns and ask.
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Old 06-07-11, 09:56 AM
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Don't touch my bike without asking me. If you ask I'll tell you anything about it and most likely I will let you try it out if you want.
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Old 06-07-11, 10:00 AM
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Don't touch my bike without asking me. If you ask I'll tell you anything about it and most likely I will let you try it out if you want.
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Never would have crossed my mine to check someones computer. BUT, I do check out other people's workouts on the Garmin Connect site. After I load my rides I check out the other rides in my area and check their stat's. I don't know why I do though because apparently the only other guys in Tulsa with Garmin's are f'n super hero's. Makes my rides look like a sunday ride though the park.
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Old 06-07-11, 10:07 AM
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Whoah! That would be very creepy. I would be very suspicious and leery of some random dude going near my bike for any reason.
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Old 06-07-11, 10:16 AM
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My wife's fears of someone stalking me, trying to kidnap me from her would then be confirmed and I would never be allowed to leave the apartment.

Don't do it! You don't know how crazy some significant others are about their property....
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Old 06-07-11, 10:20 AM
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I wouldn't leave my bike computer on my bike locked up outside.
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Old 06-07-11, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Padley View Post
Never would have crossed my mine to check someones computer. BUT, I do check out other people's workouts on the Garmin Connect site. After I load my rides I check out the other rides in my area and check their stat's. I don't know why I do though because apparently the only other guys in Tulsa with Garmin's are f'n super hero's. Makes my rides look like a sunday ride though the park.
+1. And yeah, who are these super hero freaks? Locally, I'm rarely passed....unless.....I'm just sooo slow that I'm waaaay behind them and will never catch up!
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Old 06-07-11, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by danvuquoc View Post
I wouldn't leave my bike computer on my bike locked up outside.

This.
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Old 06-07-11, 11:36 AM
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the only people's computers I'd even remotely have a desire to check out are my very few riding buds, and of course I'd be fine with them checking out mine as well... otherwise ICGARA... a stranger though? not just no, but hells no!
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Old 06-07-11, 11:43 AM
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Are you stealing my bike?!
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Old 06-07-11, 12:56 PM
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I've done this to peoples bike computers at work, only to learn that their average speeds are quite below what they said, shocking!
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Old 06-07-11, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by danvuquoc View Post
I wouldn't leave my bike computer on my bike locked up outside.
This is my method. I have a computer on the SS I do most of my town riding on, but I put it in my pocket when I lock the bike.
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Old 06-07-11, 01:07 PM
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Who would steal a bike computer? I don't imagine they hold any value by themselves, and you can't really use it without the wiring, which would be a real hassle to steal as well. If they have the time to sit around unwrapping your wires, they would get more profit just unbolting the handlebars or stem or seat or something. I've never thought twice about leaving my computer or water bottles behind.
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Old 06-07-11, 01:11 PM
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Who would steal a bike computer? I don't imagine they hold any value by themselves, and you can't really use it without the wiring, which would be a real hassle to steal as well. If they have the time to sit around unwrapping your wires, they would get more profit just unbolting the handlebars or stem or seat or something. I've never thought twice about leaving my computer or water bottles behind.
Uhmmm, my bike computer is over $400 and there are no wires. A replacement mount only costs about $10.
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i say do it, and then post face pics
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Uhmmm, my bike computer is over $400 and there are no wires. A replacement mount only costs about $10.
Correct. This is increasingly common.
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If the person is RIGHT there ill ask, but other than that? hell no.

dont steal bikes bro.
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I've done this to peoples bike computers at work, only to learn that their average speeds are quite below what they said, shocking!
Well that depends. Average speed versus average moving speed can vary significantly. It wouldn't be unreasonable for people to mentally calculate they were averaging 20mph on their commute and not count waiting at traffic lights that would drop that average.
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When I leave my bike locked up I take the cyclecomputer with me.

Once while with a riding group at a gas station water stop, someone checking my computer reset the trip. That pissed me off as I keep a log of every ride.
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People do not like you fiddling around with their bike stuff. or their nipples.

But if you have to fiddle with one or the other, then yes, fiddle with their computer.

When they come out and ask you, "What the heck are you doing?", just reply with a big grin and say, "Hey bro, it was either I check your average speed or flick your nips." and then just walk away.
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