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Planet Bike computers(3 posts)

Planet Bike computersJack S
Oct 1, 2001 7:34 AM
anybody use one? good or bad experience?
ProblemsRich Clark
Oct 1, 2001 8:31 AM
I have one, the 8.0.

There's a problem with the "average speed" function, which Planet Bike has acknowledged. It only displays in increments of .3 or .4 mph, so it could show, say, 14.4 and your true average could be anywhere from 14.1 to 14.7.

I foolishly agreed to let them exchange mine when they had fixed ones available. That was in June. Their most recent response was "late September." Hmph.

The computer works fine otherwise, and having so many readings visible at once -- without it taking up lots of handlebar real estate like the Panoram -- is very useful. But since it doesn't display *all* its finctions at once, I wish it had more user configurability. I'd like to see trip time, trip distance, average speed, and time of day, all at once, for example. There are enough "slots" for that, but it's not an available combo.

It does have memory for two bikes, and it does let you enter an odometer reading (you don't have to start from zero), and it's readable even by my 50-year old eyes even when I'm not wearing my trifocals, so it has its upside.

But if I had it to do over, I'd buy something else.

re: Planet Bike computersAndy M-S
Oct 1, 2001 10:24 AM
I have an 8.0. I like it a lot; I don't spend a lot of time worrying about average speed, so that "bug" is pretty much a non-issue for me.

The display is large and clear, and most of the time I can leave it set on one display (speed/ride distance/ride time/clock) and have everything I need. speed/ride distance/Max/Avg speed is one push, and the next push takes me to speed/ride distance/Odometer.

I like it a lot better than the Cateye MITY3 I had (lousy buttons!) and it doesn't eat batteries like the Avocet I used to use. I do wish it had cadence, but you can't have everything...