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best computerbikeman
Jan 10, 2002 9:22 AM
what is the best computer for road racing?
Shimano FlightdeckJuniorRacerFL
Jan 10, 2002 9:27 AM
I think the Shimano Flightdeck is the best computer for racing. That is if it doesnt go bad like my first 2 did.

-Chris
Polar S710....sort of.grzy
Jan 10, 2002 9:41 AM
Fight Deck/Erogbrain is cool since they allow for chaning functions without removing your hands from the bars. However, they do NOT provide HR, altitude, or data logging functions and some of the display information is pretty small and hard to read. The S710 offers quite a lot of information that one would argue can be analyzed after an event as well as utilized during the event. Ultimately one has to realize that a big part of racing is keeping your head up and staying aware of what's going on around you and any excessive attention paid to a computer is going to get you in trouble. The computer can't win the race for you and sticking to "the numbers" can leave you dropped off the back. Some would argue that all you need is speed, distance and time, but recognize that many top racers now pay a lot of attention to their heart rate - you can't do well with a "blown motor".
HR in a raceTig
Jan 10, 2002 10:32 AM
I can understand keeping an eye on HR during a race, but I'd rather go without this info. A race puts your HR at some serious levels, and seeing that could psych you out a little, or distract you with worry instead of concentrating on getting through the pain. Maybe during a TT or a long breakaway it would be useful.

Anyone who trains with a monitor should get to know the corresponding physical sensations that come with different HR levels, and may not need the numbers during a race. As always, it's all personal preference. I'd still be interested in looking at a graph after the race. That could reveal some crazy sh;t!
Agreed, but....Geof
Jan 10, 2002 7:00 PM
Look at the pro riders. They all have telemetry data fed to them throughout a race. All the stats they need, very closly monitored. I think an HR monitor can be usefull especially in a warm up phase. But I also agree you need to be aware of your PRE so your not glued to your HR...
Your brain?mr_spin
Jan 10, 2002 9:37 AM
Do you really need a computer for racing? I'm not sure it serves much purpose during a race, unless it is a time trial.

My advice on computers: buy the cheapest one that does what you want. I only go for the basic functions: time, distance, avg speed, max speed. A clock is nice, too.

If you are racing, this should especially apply, because chances are, you'll crash at some point, and you don't want to trash an expensive computer.

There isn't a lot of significant differences amoung brands. I personally don't like Sigma computers because they mount with rubber bands.

Don't buy a computer that can easily be reset. On one of my bikes I have a Cateye with both buttons next to each other. Turn the bike over to fix a flat, or bump it wrong when crashing or mounting it on your car--both buttons get pressed, everything zeroes out. Idiotic design if you ask me.
It only resets.........BikinCO
Jan 10, 2002 9:41 AM
trip info not total miles. I have had cateyes for many years and have never had reseting problems. I'm not saying that they don't happen, but until now I have never heard of it happening.
DO NOT BUT A VETTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BikinCO
Jan 10, 2002 9:37 AM
Get a Cateye Cordless 2.

I had a Vetta RT88 cordless (rode it for 82 miles) and was out riding and hit a bump in the road and the top cap for the transmitter flew off and the battery ejected. I tried to contact Vetta for a month (phone calls and e-mails) to get a new one and they never responded. I even told them that I would pay for the part. So I have a $50 computer that does not work because of a six cent piece of plastic.

I have a Cateye Astrale on my old road bike and it has worked flawlessly for several years.
nor an avocet 45tthusker
Jan 10, 2002 9:45 AM
It is truely a piece of crap. I agree with the statement of buying the cheapest computor with the basic functions.
Oh! No! I have just ordered.....John-d
Jan 10, 2002 12:32 PM
an Avocet Phase 1 Heart Rate Monitor.

Have I made a mistake?

John-d, worried.
YMMVDMoore
Jan 10, 2002 5:21 PM
I have 7 Avocets on my various bikes, almost all of them are 45tt's. I've had almost no problems with them. Actually, the only problem was that the ring magnet was just not compatible with the hubs on a set of Zipp wheels, so for that bike I went to a different model. I find the computer itself to be simple to use, easy to read, and tells me all I need to know.
I never had a problem with the standard cord models though. -NMTig
Jan 10, 2002 10:19 AM
re: best computerSharky
Jan 10, 2002 11:15 AM
Cateye Astrale. I have had a couple for many years and they work well and have cadence. No HR functions though. Once or twice a year you have to clean the contacts under the display unit with a pencil eraser to ensure good contact. Also carry a small piece of clear film and a rubber band to cover it when it rains.
re: best computerChen2
Jan 10, 2002 11:46 AM
Besides Flightdeck and Ergo the Cateye Astrale gets my vote.
-Al
re: best computertarwheel
Jan 10, 2002 2:41 PM
I don't know about the best, but for the money the Performance Axiom wireless has been a great computer for me. It only cost $40, there are no wires hanging about, the readout is large and easy to read, and you can switch it between bikes. I also have a Shimano Flite Deck on another bike but I honestly prefer the simpler Axiom. The FD had cadence and some other nice functions, particularly the way it shows what gear you are in. But for the money, the Axiom is a better computer.
re: best computerWoof the dog
Jan 11, 2002 1:14 AM
Axiom computers work very well. My wire model (not the basic one though) is very reliable, has more than basic functions but still cost me ~25 bucks. A teammate had a good luck with a wireless model too. Its just that I took my computer off. Why would I need it anyway? I mean its nice to know miles, but I train by time anyway, and I know appx. distances for my routes, plus extra weight, rotating weight on the wheel, unaerodynamicness, cable mess and cheesy looks. Hell, I don't even own a hrt. rate monitor although I do need one now that I've got too serious into training.

Sincerely

Woof the dog.
re: best computerduncandisorderly
Jan 11, 2002 3:00 AM
I used to have a very basic sigma bc800, then my girlfriend got me a very fancy polarhrm for christmas. It was a touching thought, but confusing and more difficult to access info during a ride. I also tend to chicken out a little if I'm on a ride and the heart rate is rising and rising up a hill. It's amazing what you can do if you don't know what harm you are doing!
re: best computerWoof the dog
Jan 11, 2002 3:23 AM
did that sigma work ok? I need a monitor, but not sure which one to get. I heard good things a/ sigma.

Hey, I'll buy your basic one if you still have it. You just gotta promise me its in good shape and for a good price.

peace

woof.