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Old 12-20-18, 10:47 AM
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Bike Computers?

I'm wondering, do you guys fawn over bike computers the way roadies do? I'm considering one for my son who rides SS/FG. I need to know today so I can get it ordered and delivered by Monday. Nothing too pricey, I already got him a couple of things.
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Fawn? No.

My fixed wheel bike however, is no different then my other bikes in terms of a computer. All my bikes have speed/cadence sensors attached and a computer goes on them whenever they are ridden. The type of bike doesn't matter.

Helmet. Shoes. Computer. Gloves. Bottles. It's all part of the sport.


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i use the wahoo elment bolt. no fiddly touch screen, has the features I need and most important just works.

it can do navigation with routes created in rwgps (which sync automatically). works fine for me when on a ride i'm not familiar with, but it's not a feature I use all that often. this video does a good job showing it's nav capabilities.

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I"m no help. I ride fix gears for their pure simplicity. You pedal. You go. (I do change gear ratios often on a couple of my fix gears. I figure I've earned that right, having ridden them for 40 years into my 60s.) So they have almost no electronics. A taillight. Sometimes a headlight. Occasionally a heart rate monitor that I usually forget to look at. Dumb cell phone in my pocket. A moderately capable brain between my ears I sometimes turn on.

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Nope! I ride a Garmin 520 on my roadie so I can display power output, but don't bother on my fixie, MTB or track bike.
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regardless, sounds like a decent gift idea
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Maybe I'll start with something simple and let him graduate to the sophisticated units when he needs to. He may not see the need is what I'm thinking.
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I'm wondering, do you guys fawn over bike computers the way roadies do? I'm considering one for my son who rides SS/FG. I need to know today so I can get it ordered and delivered by Monday. Nothing too pricey, I already got him a couple of things.
I have a bottle holder and sometimes take a small radio. I can't help much, clothes and food work for me.
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Should be a nice idea. I like to use a computer on longer rides, just to pace myself and gauge my progress. It happens that I use my geared bike for those rides. On my single-speed bikes, it's a lot easier for me to know my speed and effort by feel, and from my cadence.
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Maybe I'll start with something simple and let him graduate to the sophisticated units when he needs to. He may not see the need is what I'm thinking.
Everyone NEEDS to upload rides to Strava.
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They'd all just be to the LBS or to get food.
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I'm a slave to my Garmin on my road bike, but not on the FG. I'll turn it on, but I hardly look at it.
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I'm wondering, do you guys fawn over bike computers the way roadies do? I'm considering one for my son who rides SS/FG. I need to know today so I can get it ordered and delivered by Monday. Nothing too pricey, I already got him a couple of things.
Just two questions, is your son at all a gadget geek, and do you feel he'd be curious as to how he's doing and how he's progressing? If the answers might be yes, get it for him.
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I bought a 10 pack of Sigma BC906's on ebay a few years ago for fifty bucks so I could have the same computer on all my bikes. I like knowing how far I've ridden and what time it is.
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They'd all just be to the LBS or to get food.
Doesn't matter.

KOM the "going to get a 40 at the corner store" segment like Lucas was filming you.


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My garmin 1000 that I've had for the last year and a half has been treating me well
Pretty overkill for what I use it for actually! I seldom use it for plotting actual routes and more data recording.

My first garmin "cyclocomputer", an edge 500, is my all time favorite. Currently down due to the battery having worn out by use and age.
The edge 800, the first color cycling-garmin, which I originally intended to replace the 500 with, was a POS in my book. Had to replace twice within a year before I got rid of it.
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I hope that the OP bought the computer for his son's bike. That sounded like a good gift.

I use a cyclocomputer on my fixed gear, as I might glance at it occasionally when a change in my cadence alerts me to something different in riding conditions. Since mine only displays speed, I have to do the math in my head to figure cadence, which isn't hard.

I don't use computers on my other bikes normally, unless I'm planning a ride where I'll have to follow a cue sheet. In that case, I mount one from my box of spares/junk onto that bike temporarily.
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If all you do is run to the store for snacks a cycling computer is pointless. On long rides Iíve found being able to check my avg speed, time and distance helpful with pacing, which is maybe even more important fixed since you canít coast or switch to an easier gear if your legs give out 2/3 through a ride.

On unfamiliar routes I also really like the hill feature. It basically shows elevation changes in a graph, so when approaching a winding incline Iíll see if itís a couple hundred yards I can just blast or much longer and need to conserve energy.

To each his own I guess..

Oh and as already mentioned being able upload rides to Strava without having to run it on your phone during the ride...
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If all you do is run to the store for snacks a cycling computer is pointless. On long rides Iíve found being able to check my avg speed, time and distance helpful with pacing, which is maybe even more important fixed since you canít coast or switch to an easier gear if your legs give out 2/3 through a ride.

On unfamiliar routes I also really like the hill feature. It basically shows elevation changes in a graph, so when approaching a winding incline Iíll see if itís a couple hundred yards I can just blast or much longer and need to conserve energy.

To each his own I guess..

Oh and as already mentioned being able upload rides to Strava without having to run it on your phone during the ride...

I gotta get that KOM while picking up some Rap Snacks and Faygo.
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Doesn't matter.

KOM the "going to get a 40 at the corner store" segment like Lucas was filming you.


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I have no idea what KOM means or who Lucas is (Star Wars?), and I don't think it matters on a bike with a springer and reverse painted tank and chain guard with no fenders and paperboy baskets.
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I have no idea what KOM means or who Lucas is (Star Wars?), and I don't think it matters on a bike with a springer and reverse painted tank and chain guard with no fenders and paperboy baskets.
It's a term from Strava. https://www.strava.com/
An online running and cycling activity tracker with a built in social aspect.

KOM = king of the mountain. A title that gets awarded to whoever does a specific segment of a road, usually involving a climb, the fastest.
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