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Is there a computer that works well in the rain?(12 posts)

Is there a computer that works well in the rain?AllUpHill
Aug 12, 2003 9:41 AM
The Cateye Astrale on my rain bike craps out when there's anything beyond a mild sprinkle. I think the problem is when water gets to the connection where the head unit joins the mounting bracket. (Plus, i'm tired of computers with fragile, cobweb thin wires.) Is there anything out there that keeps on ticking even in a downpour?
I've been wondering about Polar HRM for this exact reasonpitt83
Aug 12, 2003 9:49 AM
Those should be water-proof in rain and still have cycle computer functions. Does the wireless wheel sensor crap out when wet? If it works, I'd spend the $$. The HRM function would be a bonus if I had a computer which actually worked for longer than a week.
I've been wondering about Polar HRM for this exact reasonfiltersweep
Aug 12, 2003 9:58 AM
The Polar should even work for swimming- but I'm not about to test it out underwater...
Looking more for basic, cheap, non HRM, computer. nm.AllUpHill
Aug 12, 2003 10:27 AM
re: Is there a computer that works well in the rain?rogue_CT1
Aug 12, 2003 11:00 AM
Sports Instruments Si 90 works rain or shine, through sleet and snow. It's wireless and has a large easy to use display.
re: Echowell cyclecomputer and Polar HRMcdhbrad
Aug 12, 2003 12:47 PM
I'm in FL and have gotten rained on 3 of my last 4 rides, I use an Echowell cyclecomputer and Polar 510 HRM, both are fine after a good soaking each time.
re: Is there a computer that works well in the rain?MikeBiker
Aug 12, 2003 1:14 PM
I have been using a Cateye Cordless 2 on my commuter for a few years and have had no problems. Rain, sleet, hail, snow and 20 degree weather have not caused any problems. Being wireless there is no problem with wires or with head unit/ mounting bracket interfaces.

Mike
No probs in YEARS w/my two Avocetsretro
Aug 12, 2003 3:58 PM
I have the old, basic ones, 25s or 35s or some low number. Used them in all kinds of weather, one on a mountain bike, for years. If it's really wet I put a baggie over the head, but often I don't bother. They've worked through everything.
The opposite hereM_Currie
Aug 12, 2003 6:26 PM
I've drowned three. One dried out eventually, but not until it had recorded an amazing trip of several thousand miles at an average speed of something like 120 mph. I've also drowned a Paramount and a Vetta. I seldom ride in the rain, but somehow whenever I do get caught it's a "frog strangler."
No reason to get PolarFez
Aug 13, 2003 9:28 AM
The Polar watch is water resistant, the speed sensor is wireless. No problem in the wet.

But the Polar is not a great cycle computer.

Any cheap computer is water resistant. I guess the electrical connections are the weak spot. A plastic baggie and a twist tie might work well.

I guess most cordless computers should work just as well or better than the Polar.
Specialized Comp WirelessSpyky
Aug 13, 2003 9:50 AM
I'm happy with my Specialized Comp Wireless. I have a transmitter on both my mountain and road bikes and switch the computer back and forth. Plenty of nasty mud and water gets on my MTB one, and I've never had a problem. I use the cadence setup on my Road bike (cadence is wired, speed is not). Even the cadence works fine in the rain.

I just purchased (today) a Polar S720 for my road bike. Hopefully the wireless speed will work as well as my Specialized.

-Spyky
Mity 3 and Enduro 2 here, exhaustive testing, no probs (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Aug 13, 2003 11:38 AM