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Stop me before I geek out...(7 posts)

Stop me before I geek out...ThatsAPaddlin
Aug 13, 2003 8:41 AM
OK, I've been away from cycling (roadie) for the better part of decade, and have only recently decided to get back into it. To make matters worse, I spent the time off the bike drinking and smoking my way into a ripe old mess. I gained the lbs (lots of em) when I quit smoking eight months ago. Now; time to re-cyle.

I've had the old mount refreshed, bought some modern pedals, a good set of shoes, shorts, and a fat man's saddle, and am gradually increasing saddle time on a blackburn fluid trainer. I should be roadworthy (not very impressively, mind you) in about a month.

I'm looking at the current crop of bike gizmos, and was left curious: does there exist some sort of ubergeek computer? I'm talking verbose HR, cadence and GPS info as well as all the old school functions. I need something like this to take the edge off of suddenly being the old slow guy, and I couldn't live with myself if I were the old, slow guy on a new, fast bike. I'd much rather be the old. slow guy on a an decent old bike with "recovering couch potato" gadgets on it. I'm in no condition to whine if such a unit is a bit heavier than usual, and wirelessness means nothing to me. Any insight?
If you have Campy?PaulCL
Aug 13, 2003 9:03 AM
Go for the ergobrain. No GPS...but do any? But the EB has cadence, gear inches, avg spd, max spd, distance, etc...all the standards plus...tells you what gear your in. Has a seperate stopwatch function. Training ranges with beeps. Plus so much more that I can't even begin to go into. Check out the campagnolo.com website for complete list.

The only things it doesn't have that I wish it did are heartrate and altimeter. Oh well, can't be perfect. paul
Look at the Polar 700 series...TFerguson
Aug 13, 2003 10:15 AM
Were talking lots of money.

Basic with HR, speed, averages, timers, etc. $300
Add cadence. $40
Add on Power. The techno-training toy of today. $350
Add on computer interface and software. $40
Check out Timexovertrained
Aug 13, 2003 10:44 AM
Timex has some watches with GPS calculated speed, HR and computer download.
Things to think about - thanks!ThatsAPaddlin
Aug 13, 2003 12:01 PM
I see what you guys mean about this stuff getting spendy pretty quickly... I do like the way some of these things let you 'a la carte' the gizmometry.

I'm somewhat surprised that there isn't a bike-friendly mapping GPS kit yet. I think something like that would be pretty interesting for the tourer-explorer cyclist. (or, once again, the fat guy). I suppose one could always nab one of the neck dangling GPS units...

I like the way the Timex units use GPS for speed/dist., but of course they wouldn't help much on a trainer. Of couse, strictly speaking, it won't make all that much difference in my case.

What about those Suunto things? How come they don't seem to target cyclists? Is there actually an advantage to having these gadgets interact, or am i really better off buying seperate HR, bike computer and (maybe) a handheld GPS?

Is there a Palm or PPC solution to this?
Also the ciclosport HAC 4Synchronicity
Aug 13, 2003 4:10 PM
There is also the ciclosport HAC 4, which is apparently what Lance Armstrong uses. Advantage appears to be that power is obtained from a wrist strap instead of polars rather more bulky chain vibration-o-meter thing. Here are the relevant links.

http://www.ciclosportusa.com/hac4.htm

http://www.polar.fi/polar/channels/eng/segments/Cycling/S710i/allfeatures.html

I have the polar, I think it is the ultimate tech-gadget at the moment. My favourite features are the calorie consumption & cumulative altitude. You know at a glance how good your ride's been. Can also do VO2max whilst just lying there!!
Note that there is so much info, you've probably got to get a normal computer as well (unless you want to always (and I mean always) be flipping through the info.
I have the S710 with the power sensor PLUS the ergobrain! This allows me to also get the gear progression, and what gear I'm in. Very nice.

I would like to see oxygen consumption though, like they have in the hospitals. It is only a matter of time.
Give these guys a call...Crash
Aug 14, 2003 9:00 AM
http://www.heartratemonitorsusa.com/Rewards/ if you're looking for a Polar. Really great people (Amy and Craig) and they have by far the best prices on Polar that I was able to find. Call them and ask about the members program.