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computers - what are you using? why?(8 posts)

computers - what are you using? why?moschika
Jul 13, 2003 12:03 AM
getting a sense of what computer to get on my new ride. been thinking of getting the flightdeck. but is it worth the $$? i like the idea of being able to control it from your hoods. see some tdf guys using it, so it can't be all that bad. or maybe even the vetta with the HRM. but that's even more.

so what are you using? and why? why not others?
Polar S720iMink
Jul 13, 2003 4:20 AM
It's got everything that the regular computers (non heart-rate monitors) have, and a lot besides. set up for two bikes, different users. cordless sensors for speed, cadence and (if you want it) power for each pedal (add sensors when funds allow). Gives altitude and temperature (latter when you hit the lap button), Odo and trip mileage. three lines of display covering most combinations, showing maximums, averages, current figures. samples and records data every five seconds for eight hours or so, download painlessly with infra-red to your notebook to keep an accurate record of every ride, and see what effect altitude, temperature, cadence have on your heartrate. Very good software gives a lot of useful stuff. Built-in tests to estimate max heartrate and VO2max (more accurate than rule-of-thumb calculations, but not as good as a test by a biokineticist) and calories used on each ride. Downside - it's not cheap. It's not particularly user-friendly. Its a bit bulky to use as a wrist-watch (although it has date, alarms, dual time etc) But man, it's the best.
Flightdeck and S710techie470
Jul 13, 2003 5:57 PM
Durring a ride I use the Flightdeck to display cadence over MPH. On the S710 the top line has time of day, the second line is ride time, and the bottom has % of max heart rate.

I know the S710/720 will show speed and cadence but the top and bottom display lines are smaller and harder to read. Besides the Flightdeck is easyier to work while riding.

After a ride I download the S710 info to my computer to make fancy color charts. I like the S710 but due to the price I probibly would not buy one for myself (is was a gift).
re: computers - what are you using? why?4bykn
Jul 13, 2003 2:00 PM
Cateye micro3: cheap(I just got one from Performance for under $20) and it has all the functions I need, and it works well.
Avocet 45russw19
Jul 13, 2003 5:51 PM
It's said to be the most accurate on the market. It uses a ring magnet that fits around the hub.. it updates 10 times a revolution, as opposed to only once on every other computer. Any other computer has a magnet that attaches to a spoke, so they can only update once a revolution.

Other than that, the Avocet is simple, functional, and very durable. I have had a few over the years on multiple bikes and the only time I ever broke one was one winter when it froze. But they warrantied it for me anyways.

If not the Avocet, go for the Sigma Sport 1200. It's simple, durable, and cheap.

Russ
DittoPsyDoc
Jul 14, 2003 11:35 AM
I have been using Avocet computers for a long time now and I have been very pleased with their performance.
re: computers - what are you using? why?maximum15
Jul 14, 2003 8:58 AM
Flightdeck on one bike and really like it, even though the size of the head unit is large. An older bike with downtube shifters has a Sigma 1400 which I dislike for a number of reasons (near vision is going bad so hard to read, sometimes gets stupid, speed is not displayed to any decimal places -- am I going 17.6 or 18.4 when it says 18mph). I plan on replacing it with Avocet 35 or 45tt. Leaning towards the 45tt for the cadance function.
re: computers - what are you using? why?DINOSAUR
Jul 15, 2003 4:41 PM
I use a Cat Eye Mitty 3 on both of my bikes. They are cheap (you can find them on sale for under $20.00) easy to install, bullet proof and have all the basic features that I need....