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My computer dies in the rain(5 posts)

My computer dies in the rainPaulCL
May 17, 2001 5:56 PM
I have a cateye astrale computer. Today, I got caught in a wicked thunderstorm - downpours, lightening, 40mph wind...a fun ride. But the minute my computer got wet, it stopped functioning. More specifically, it failed to register speed, cadence, etc...but still displayed total miles, time, etc...

I am sure it is the water getting to the electrodes within the computer mount, underneath the computer. Any suggestions on ways to keep the water out?? These things are supposed to be waterproof, aren't they??
Wet ElectrodesXeke
May 17, 2001 11:11 PM
The water that gets between the computer and mount shorts the input electrodes enough that the signal resistance is no longer high enough to trip the computer. I wipe off the back of the computer and the mount with the dry side of the glove, put it back on and that gets it down the road registering a few more miles... assuming one doesn't drop it while attempting this manuveur.
Put a Baggie over itCory
May 18, 2001 10:13 AM
Stick a little plastic bag in your seat pack or somewhere, and if it rains, just pull the thing out and slip it over the 'puter. Always works for me.
Works for me, too.Lucky
May 18, 2001 10:56 AM
Keep a twist tie in the baggie to secure the baggie under the computer. I kept a Cateye Solar computer, which was not waterproof, alive for 12 years this way.

Kathy :)
take it offBreck
May 18, 2001 10:41 AM
...during fun rides always take the computer off :)

otherwise go to radio shack and ask for a spray on product to use on electrical components that see water and moisture. or maybe pep boys has a product used for ignition wiring, etc. in wet environments.

cheers