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Need a new computer ...BrianC
Mar 9, 2001 5:36 PM
Well, my Performance Axiom finally bit the dust. I had no idea how attached I had become to my cyclometer until now that it is gone.

I'm looking at for a new one, and considering either the Vetta V100 or the PlanetBike Protege. Anyone have any experience with either of these two? I like the Protege's 5 item display, but I have no idea what the mounting mechanism is like, or how durable it or its cable are. Also, I'm worried that pressing forward on the computer instead of using a button may cause it to rotate around the handlebars ... although with a 5 item display, one might never need to switch it.

The Vetta looks nice, and seems to have some nice features, although I'm not too sure I would really use them--I tend to be a real gearhead about things like this, and am easily lured by such gadgetry :-)

Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

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ProtegeAndy M-S
Mar 9, 2001 6:29 PM
I have the Protege. It's not bad. Switching is not quite as nice as it should be (there's a switch on the bottom that's activated by a bump on the mount when you push the computer forward), but aside from that, it's a very nice computer. I generally leave it on a display that shows (top to bottom) speed, ride time, ride distance, and time of day, only using the switch to do a reset after the ride. The cable is heavy-duty, the mount is quite strong and slip-proof, and the sensor mount is one of the best I've seen: the sensor has one side covered in rubber--snug that up against the fork leg and secure the sensor with two cable ties--you're done. Thanks to the rubber, it's not going to budge!

I kind of wish it was wireless, because the heavy cable is relatively obvious, but aside from that, it's a great computer.
Can't go wrong with a SigmaJon(unregistered)
Mar 15, 2001 8:27 AM
I've been using a BC-700 with a wireless kit for about 3 years, and have mounted a couple more for friends (BC-800 w/ wireless and a BC-1400 with cadence kit). For the money, they're very well made, fairly small, and the 1400 has tons of features. I do wish the cadence could be used with the wireless option, but still, the installation is easy, and I like the rubber o-rings they use to mount the display and sensors - they're reusable, unlike zip-ties. Plus, the new design looks really nice, and you can set it to 7 different languages....ok, it's a little excessive, but you said you like features.
I also have a Vetta RT-77, and it's a little bigger than the Sigma, but seems to work very well, and it was a bargain for cadence ($25 from the marketplace).