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On your FG/SS bike, do you have a bike computer?

Old 02-09-09, 02:36 PM
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On your FG/SS bike, do you have a bike computer?

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Old 02-09-09, 02:42 PM
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Used to on my geared bike, not on my fixed because of the zen. Honestly i'm having more fun not knowing how fast or slow i'm going.
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Old 02-09-09, 02:48 PM
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Yes. I love it. It's the first time I've had a computer and it's allowed me to steadily increase my average pace. I also, really like stats like maximum speed and knowing how many total miles my bike has. My fixed is my fun (non-mountain fun) bike. I ride it to work (except in bad weather), to friends houses and for fun. I typically don't ride it to the bars (I have a bar bike for that), because Eugene has a really bad bike-theft problem. I run errands on it, assuming I'm not going to have to carry too much...then I use my utility bike.
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Old 02-09-09, 03:34 PM
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Know pretty much all the distances to every destination. Don't care about speed, I try to keep track of how many hours I ride each week tho.

Plus I broke mine by turning (with loose cable) on a very cold day a couple years ago. Was pretty much the start of making my bike as simple as possible.

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Old 02-09-09, 03:41 PM
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I have computers on all my bikes, even my utility beater. I keep track of my yearly mileage, regardless of what bike I was riding and if it was commuting vs. weekend ride vs. errands. I don't care about all the other stats; just how far I've gone.
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Old 02-09-09, 03:47 PM
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I've got one... its nice to be able to keep track of mileage.
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Old 02-09-09, 03:57 PM
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i used to have one, and i loved it. it was nice to have info on speed and distance. however, the wires got messy after a while and then i replaced a fork and took it off and haven't put it back on yet. strange, because i thought i'd miss it a lot more than i actually do.
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Old 02-09-09, 04:09 PM
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nope, i dont want numbers in my head when im riding
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Old 02-09-09, 04:13 PM
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Nope.

And why isn't pcad not getting more love ?
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Old 02-09-09, 04:27 PM
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I'm getting one with tax return money.
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No, I don't use one. Usually on long rides I can get my odo reading from someone else with a computer.
I'm done with monitoring my progress.
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My SS is my primary bike/commuter. I like seeing how many miles I've accumulated on any given trip.
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Old 02-09-09, 04:39 PM
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Yep. It's an old Cateye Mity 8. Just the basics, but I like keeping track of my mileage. And thanks to Sheldon's gear calculator, you have a good approximation of your cadence from your speed on the FG.
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Old 02-09-09, 04:41 PM
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I have one but I haven't used it yet. I think I'm just going to use with the rollers though...
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Old 02-09-09, 04:50 PM
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Yep, on every bike I have - I like to keep track of mileage (for bragging rights and maintenance/analysis of component longevity).

I also like to see how fast I can go, though on my FG this is less important as my legs can 'tell' me. I like seeing how many rpms I've supposedly cranked out going Xmph, too (with the help of Rabbit)

edit: my stats go into a spreadsheet I keep for each bike, this is my FG log:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...A0_FRQOP3IdDSA

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Old 02-09-09, 08:48 PM
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yes yes yes

i lvoe seeing it read 32mph!!
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Yes on my SS, no on my FG. The SS I use for a mix of fair weather commuting and long weekend rides out of the city (thus I care more about how far and how fast I'm going), and the FG I only really use around town for commuting and errands where I don't care so much about speed.
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I didn't for the longest time, but got tired of not knowing how far I had gone. The alternative was to map out my route post-ride (with mapmyride or something similar) or asking other riders. Use my FG whenever the mood strikes.
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Old 02-09-09, 09:53 PM
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I did...On all my bikes at one point. One busted, two got 'borrowed' and I never bothered to replace them. I had a tendency to monitor speed/cadence and miss out on fun.
Now I just go and try to catch everyone ahead of me...
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Old 02-09-09, 09:56 PM
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Appreciate the old bikes more than the new.
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Old 02-09-09, 10:02 PM
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I started riding my Madison without a computer because, as someone above said, of the Zen. I sometimes lead rides for my club so distances are important when following a cue sheet so I'll use it for those rides. I'll often remove it when out and about or simply not leading a ride.
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Old 02-10-09, 07:57 AM
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No. A good ride isn't measured with numbers
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Old 02-10-09, 08:04 AM
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I just got a wireless computer that attaches with reusable straps (not zip ties), so I figure I'll put it on my bike if I ever want to use it, and take it off when I don't.
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Old 02-10-09, 08:12 AM
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No,

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I have a wireless bike computer on my fixed gear, a pretty low-end Trek computer (probably made for them by Dayton in Hong Kong) because I like to keep track of miles (how far), average speed, top speed, and time of ride.

Then, when I get home, I put all the numbers in the columns I have set up for them on an xcel spreadsheet on my home computer (along with the date of the ride, and "comments").

Yeah, I know, I'm strange, but whatever.

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