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wired or wireless?(5 posts)

wired or wireless?junebride
Mar 28, 2001 8:53 AM
so i'm looking at computer setups. i want all the standard stuff, sure - and cadence. comes down to real cadence or virtual cadence. the very cheap - but wired - astrale seems like it will do the trick, but... will i be happier if i shell out to go wireless? my ultegra group is ready to take a wireless flight deck, but i'm wondering if that's money well spent.

re: wired or wireless?MikeC
Mar 28, 2001 9:54 AM
The FlightDeck is great if you don't ride in the dark (no backlight), and if you don't accidentally press the buttons on your lever hoods. I'm told that they've done something about the hood buttons, but I don't know what (all I know is that accidentally resetting your time/distance sixty miles into a ride is a genuine pain!). Everyone who I know with a FlightDeck has done the same thing.
The virtual cadence is great. I wish my Ergobrain had it.
Wired FlightdeckDCP
Mar 28, 2001 10:47 AM
I like my wired FlightDeck. I adjusted to the button positions pretty easily so accidental button pushes are not an issue once you get used to it. Feature navigation is a bit cryptic, but that's a common problem.

I just don't understand the appeal of wireless, at least for the FlightDeck. A thin wire running up the fork seems like a more elegant solution than wireless, not to mention more reliable, not subject to interference, and one less battery to worry about. Of course, with real cadence, there is another wire which might be in an area more prone to abuse. Aesthetics are another issue, of course. Only you can decide what is important to you in that arena.
re: wired or wireless?simstress
Mar 28, 2001 7:52 PM
My apologies if you already know this... The wired FD has a wire mounted along the fork for the magnet pickup. It does not have a wire along the down tube for cadence as it calculates cadence from speed and gear ratio. I have not seen the wireless FD, but I imagine the only difference is that there is no wire on the fork. If that were the only difference, and the wireless FD were more expensive, I would select the wired FD.

That said, I've had the wired FD for 2000+ miles with no major problems, except for the time I put the computer in my bag and it got accidently reset. My LBS reprogrammed the settings for me while I was there for some other service. I recently replaced the plastic tie that secures the wire on the fork as a preventive measure.

About pushing the start/stop button that resets your trip... Once I start the computer at the beginning of my ride, I switch the computer to my favorite display mode (speed and cadence). In this mode, pressing the start/stop button does nothing, to my knowledge. At the end of the ride, I switch back to the elapsed time display mode to stop the trip. I rarely check my elapsed time during a ride, so I've not accidentally missed recording any part of my ride (yet!).

Last thing - If your bike is already built up, you or your LBS will need to unwrap the bars to install the FD. It's a bit more intensive because of the integration with the levers.

HTH. Good luck with your choice.
re: wired or wireless?Wild Bill
Mar 30, 2001 4:19 AM
Hey people, I have the flightdeck cordless. When I first took it out of the box I knew that I would HATE the mounting bracket.
After hooking up the wires, that run hidden under my bar tape.
I Temporarily mounted the head and the sending unit, and magnet.
All that was left to do was measure my wheels circumference.Whith all that done it works great. The buttons are easy to use.(Yes it doesn't matter what computer you oun, you still have to push buttons to find where you want to be!!!!!!
I have ouned I think every brand of computer out there or have had the opertunity to try them.
So far Shimano FlightDeck is # 1 (and I am not alone)