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Old 12-02-14, 12:17 PM
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Backwards tripmeter?

Are there any other bike computers that have this function besides VDO? I have the VDO X2 and am frustrated with it. It may be just me but it is completely unintuitive. The amount of button presses required to figure it out especially when tired just doesn't work for me. Are the newer VDO units better in this regard or is there another option.
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Old 12-02-14, 02:37 PM
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If you're following a course on the Garmin 510 you can display "distance to go". Not the cheapest computer, but I love mine and battery life is great on it.
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Low tech : see a sign saying how far? , write it down , and zero out, reset the trip meter, then you can compare the numbers as you make 1 equal the other.


I dont own either of your bits of gear .. that how I solved the situation.
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Here's what I do, assuming that I know how far I'm going to ride. Look at my computer and see how far I've ridden. Subtract that number in my head from the total miles. Voila!
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another advantage to Paper Maps ... measure, using the conversion factor on the chart.
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Originally Posted by Bluechip View Post
Are there any other bike computers that have this function besides VDO? I have the VDO X2 and am frustrated with it. It may be just me but it is completely unintuitive. The amount of button presses required to figure it out especially when tired just doesn't work for me. Are the newer VDO units better in this regard or is there another option.
As noted by DXchulo, a GPS can give you distance to where you are going. Some GPS units use a distance that is as-the-crow-flies, some calculate a distance by following a particular route.

I have found that my bike computers are never accurate enough that I would trust them to give me a realistic distance to go. My older wired bike computers are pretty good and can give me consistent results, but I still would not trust it to end at zero at the right place. My newer VDO wireless computer is worse. It seems to include some form of erratic error and has less consistent results, each time I ride a known route, the final distance may vary by up to 3 to 5 percent from a previous ride. On one occasion I noticed that after I zeroed my VDO computer at the start of a ride, after I had gone less than 100 feet it said I had already gone 0.38 miles.
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Old 12-03-14, 09:04 AM
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Here's what I do, assuming that I know how far I'm going to ride. Look at my computer and see how far I've ridden. Subtract that number in my head from the total miles. Voila!
Yeah, that is what I do as well. The lack of a "distance to go feature" is really a non issue IMO. My suggestion would be to just not bother using the feature if it is confusing and requires too many button presses.
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When thinking about mileage I'd rather focus on what I've achieved rather than what I have left to endure, or that the trip is getting closer to ending, etc.
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Yeah, that is what I do as well. The lack of a "distance to go feature" is really a non issue IMO. My suggestion would be to just not bother using the feature if it is confusing and requires too many button presses.
When I read the OP I thought "Is it just me or...." Glad to know it's not just me. Frankly, I didn't know there was a computer that offered a backwards trip meter.

Also, whether backwards or forwards, you have to take into account any additional mileage that results from going off route for things like groceries/food or checking out things that are not directly on route. It's akin to adding injury time to the end of a soccer match.
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Old 12-03-14, 12:19 PM
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It's hard to believe that a computer would ever be accurate (i.e. zero when you arrive at your destination) in a touring setting. A GPS is what you want.
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