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Computer wires(17 posts)

Computer wiresmackgoo
Sep 24, 2001 8:44 AM
Any one come up with a cleaner way to run the wires VS the tried and true wrapping. I've been thinking about a long thin piece of velcro and encasing the wire between the two. Or possiblt a small square ot the top and at the end to hold the wire straight and some what taut.
Sep 24, 2001 8:59 AM
Come to the conclusion that all of the current wiring systems are flawed. One of the best things that I've seen is "wire tape". Flat sticky tape with thin but wider wires integrated into the material. just stick it to something and pretty much avoid a lot of the traditional problems. Still have to address the mechanical strain releif issue.

Personally I'm going towards wireless systems - especially on a MTB that keeps getting "ghost riden" into trees and stuff. The new Polar S710 seems to hold a lot of promise - except for the sticker shock.
Polar WirelessGreg Taylor
Sep 24, 2001 9:11 AM
The Polar wireless stuff is pretty good -- I got an excellent deal a while back on a Polartrainer XT with the cycling functions that meets most of my needs. The only downside is riding near any major magnetic disturbance, like along powerlines. Not normally a big issue, but I consistently get funky readings near National Airport (I think that there is some sort of a FAA signal in the base of the 14th Street Bridge) and along the W&OD trail, which is essentially one big powerline easement.
Polar Wirelessbike_junkie
Sep 24, 2001 10:33 AM
Have had good luck with Cateye wireless, I hate the looks of wires runnning up the fork, etc. Not really an answer to your question, but you may want to consider wireless.
Sep 24, 2001 1:06 PM
No doubt about it - sources of EM disturbance really mess with it. Getting used to the new S710 and will see if it's any better than my old unit - it was pretty fussy. Will know more in a while.
wire ties?Dog
Sep 24, 2001 9:13 AM
I've tried several wireless systems, but they won't work if I put the pickup down by the hub and the computer out on the aerobars. I like it down at the hub, as that works better for me for the Ksyrium magnet, and seems to be a good location for working with many different magnets and wheels. Seems the wireless systems just won't transmit reliably that far away, though.

So, I run the wire up the back of the fork leg, covered in tape. Then, I route up to the front brake, and up the brake cable. I use tiny wire ties (zip ties) to secure the wire to the cable. I still don't like the aesthetics very much, but it's the best I've found.

A more rough and ready approach...Greg Taylor
Sep 24, 2001 9:20 AM
I route my wire like Doug, but I attach my computer wires on the fork using small, black rubber bands. They are easy on the paint, don't get uglier or lose their grip like tape, and make it easy to break down the fork/headset.
go wirelessbianchi boy
Sep 24, 2001 9:16 AM
I've got a Performance wireless Axiom computer that works great, only costs about $40. I don't think the wireless models have cadence, but that's no big deal for me. You can also swap the wireless computer between bikes, with settings for two different wheel sizes. I wouldn't even consider a traditional wired computer after using a wireless.
go wirelessmackgoo
Sep 24, 2001 12:20 PM
I agree with the wireless, but I do want the cadence and being the Campyholic I am I'm putting the Brain on this winter.
Campy doesn't make a wireless brain?bianchi boy
Sep 24, 2001 12:37 PM
I know Shimano has a wireless version of Flight Deck. Or is the problem that they don't have cadence? I have a Flight Deck (w/ wires) and rarely use the cadence. Seems like it's pretty easy to figure out just by counting your rpms for 15 seconds. But, hey, if that's what you want, who cares about a few wires? Myself, I would rather have a computer with an altimeter than cadence. Now that would be some useful information, knowing how much climbing I did.
re: Computer wiresMisJG
Sep 24, 2001 9:17 AM
On my wife's bike, I concealed the wires along the back of the fork with a piece of electrical tape running the length of the fork (one long piece with the wires underneath). Since her frame is such a dark blue that it's almost black, you can't even see the tape. Since I ran the wire behind the fork, it's tucked away out of the wind. I didn't know if it would last all summer, (I figured I would at least have to re-do it once) but no problems yet! I'll prob'ly do my bike like that next season as I don't like the zip-tie look that my bike is currently sporting.
Look for different colored zip-ties for camoflageTig
Sep 24, 2001 10:42 AM
Most computer, electronic, or even a good hardware store will have different colored zip ties. Blue, green, black, yellow, red, and a few other colors are available even in the smaller sizes. Tie's hold wires better than tape when wet, so I like them better.
re: Computer wiressearcher
Sep 24, 2001 9:40 AM
On both my mountain bike and road bike I do the following:
Run the wire up the inside of the fork and using a thin strip of electrical tape I tape the wire to the brake cable housing. I then run the wire straight up to the bar and tape the wire to the housing again - leaving the wire a bit loose. All the excess wire gets wrapped around the bar between the stem and computer mounting bracket.

Did this first on the mountain bike a couple of years ago and have never had a problem.
re: Computer wiresMikeC
Sep 24, 2001 10:06 AM
I once met someone on a ride who placed a dot of Krazy Glue every few inches between the wire and the frame. We all thought he was crazy himself, but I must admit that it looked very tidy.
He swore that it held up fine, but we never saw him again, so I can't confirm. I have no info on the effect of either Krazy Glue or acetone on frame materials or finishes!
re: Computer wiresAndy M-S
Sep 24, 2001 10:11 AM
I've wrapped mine around the front brake cable, but at least I've hidden the sensor!

I have a Profile BRC, and mounting the Planet Bike sensor to the front or back looked difficult. Fortunately, the BRC has lots of clearance at "rim level" inside the fork, so I just put the sensor there, and squeaked the wire up onto the crown and thence into a tight wrap up the brake cable (secured with wire ties) and up to the computer mount.

Looks a lot nicer than having a visible sensor mount. Actually, some enterprising company could easily build a sensor into the fork leg...
re: Computer wiresdave woof
Sep 25, 2001 10:18 AM
I used super glue - the gel kind, and glued the wire behind the front fork leg. Also glued the sensor near the dropout. It's held fine for over a year, no messy tape or ugly wire ties.

Dave Woof
The only problem with this I see is that, if you changebill
Sep 25, 2001 11:14 AM
wheels, sometimes different spokes require different magnets which stick out different distances, so you could be locking yourself into a bad sensor position, or, of course, if you end up wanting to change computers, you've now got the wrong sensor super-glued to your fork.