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Wireless Computers(16 posts)

Wireless Computerswink
Oct 29, 2001 8:12 AM
Have had a Cat Eye computer with candence indicator for about a year. I am have problems with the magnet or wire or something and my speed and distance is always off and sometimes indicating zero. Going for new one. Has anyone have luck with the wireless computers?
re: Wireless Computersmorey
Oct 29, 2001 8:44 AM
I have one! It works well. The sending unit is a little larger, but not much so.
No luck for memr_spin
Oct 29, 2001 8:52 AM
I have never managed to get a wireless computer to work worth a damn. I've tried many times with several models on different bikes (road and mountain). They either don't work, or they are totally unreliable and therefore, useless. Considering they usually cost more than their wired siblings, I prefer that they actually work.

I have friends who have them and theirs seem to work, so maybe I'm just an idiot.
Here's what I didDave Hickey
Oct 29, 2001 9:04 AM
When I first got a wireless, I didn't think it was reading correctly. I thought my average speed was too slow. I finally took a wired computer and installed it on the rear wheel(to keep the two from interfering). When I got back from my ride, I compared the two. They were within .2 mph. It turned out I was slow, not the computer....
You needed a computer to tell you that!mr_spin
Oct 29, 2001 9:10 AM
Actually, I could always get them to work on a stand, or in my living room, or anywhere they weren't useful. But the moment I rode out into the real world, they didn't work anymore. I tried all kinds of alignments and positioning, and finally it just wasn't worth the effort anymore. I'll definitely never try a wireless again.
re: Wireless Computersgrzy
Oct 29, 2001 9:06 AM
Recently started using the Polar S710 - it's wireless and works great (so far). Maybe you need new batteries in your sending and receiving units. I find that often electronic gadgets will appear to work, but start getting goofy when the batteries are becoming worn out.
re: Wireless ComputersEmpirion75
Oct 29, 2001 9:10 AM
I have recently purchased a Vetta V100 wireless and its been working just fine. Its accuracy has been confirmed. My only problem with it is that the speed is slow to update. Most wireless have some lag time updating your speed on the screen.
re: Wireless ComputersBIGBOB
Oct 29, 2001 9:11 AM
Some on this board have had trouble with wireless Sigmas and I know people that have had to try several before they found one that worked. I have an Axiom 8w from Performance that works great for me. The price is reasonable and you can often catch them on sale. If you do a search on this board you will find a few different locations where this issue has been discussed and can get some further info.

Good luck ! Bob
Second the Axiomtarwheel
Oct 29, 2001 9:35 AM
I have used a Performance Axiom wireless computer for over a year now with no problems. It has a very readable screen, all the functions I need, and is much cleaner looking than a wired computer. Only cost $40. The only drawback is it doesn't have a cadence function, but that's not a big deal for me. Another big advantage of wireless is that you can use the computer on different bikes if you buy another sending unit, and it can be programmed for two different wheel diameters.

One thing I did find is that the installation chart for adjusting the wheel diameters was not accurate for my bike. When I first installed the computer, all of the sudden my average speeds and distances dropped off. Then I tried setting up the wheel diameter by actually measuring the diameter by the roll-out method on my garage floor. The number I got was much different than the recommended number in the installation chart. The roll-out method gave me a very precise number, however, and my distances now are always very close to measured distances on different rides.
re: Wireless Computerspony
Oct 29, 2001 9:27 AM
My cateye cordless 2 works great. I don't get any interference with my heart rate monitor. One thing I noted on the installation instructions is that there is a limit to the distance between the sensor and the receiving unit (I believe at most 45cm).
Performance Axiom 8.0 wirelessgwilliams
Oct 29, 2001 9:35 AM
I have these on four different bikes and have never had any problem with them. You can get them for $39.99 on sale and I have seen the for as cheap as $29.99. You can try one and if you don't like it, it is always easy to return something to Performance.

3rd on the Axiomjust wonderin'
Oct 29, 2001 9:50 AM
Just started using the Axion 8.0W and find it to be reliable and accurate. I have always used my trusty ACT wireless(no longer sold) and encountered areas where there was some interferance but the Axiom doesn't skip a beat. My only complaint is that I like the ODO reading to display to the tenth of a mile and the Axiom does not.
Can't speak to the Axiom wireless butScott B
Oct 29, 2001 10:17 AM
I have had lousy experiences with the wired Axiom 8.0. I like the fact that it has large buttons, that the trip distance goes to the 100th of a mile, and that the odometer is resettable. It would be a great computer, if it didn't malfunction ALL THE TIME (pardon the yelling, but I've had bad luck with 3 of them). Either the speed reading goes crazy for no reason (e.g., showing me going 95 mph - I know I'm not that fast) or if I slide it off the mount at a rest stop it goes completely blank, or it blanks out in the middle of a ride. I know it's not the batteries, because I've replaced them many times. So, if they would just work, Axiom computers (in my experience) would be great. FYI, if my two cents doesn't sway you, the Axioms are all on sale now at Performance stores - don't know about the catalog, but they're marked down in the shops as part of the fall/winter clearance.
I had the same problem but it's in the wiring kitsMcAndrus
Oct 29, 2001 10:26 AM
McAndrus "Advice for newbie" 10/28/01 5:55am
Cateye and SigmaBirddog
Oct 29, 2001 7:53 PM
I had a Cateye Wireless 1 for several years and loved it except it didn't have "auto start" and "auto off" I now have a Sigma 1200 and it is also very good, but a little more finicky in adjusting. It has "auto on/off" and you can switch it between two bikes (2 settings) I think I've figured out all the problems that occur and I can remedy them more quickly now. The learning curve took about 4 years. Most problems occur with the magnet not being close enough to the pickup or with the pickup not being close enough or aligned with the receiver. FWIW, I wouldn't have anything but a wireless! Bike computers with wires look as old fashioned as electric drills with cords to me.
Cateye Cordless 2Dutchy
Oct 29, 2001 8:40 PM
I have 3, Cateye Cordless 2 computers (on different bikes) and they work great. They have auto on/off and
work excellent in the rain as well.
They have to be installed correctly with the arrow pointing towards the reciever, and have fresh batteries.
I noticed mine was starting to read zero in winter, it was just the batteries.
Bike computers can also be affected by other electromagnetic fields. Whenever I ride past,
the two hospitals in my area the speedo' reads zero for a few seconds
then comes back once I have passed.

My brother also has one and we have never had any problems with this computer.
I would certainly recommend them.