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Why don't pros use wireless computers?(8 posts)

Why don't pros use wireless computers?timmyh
May 25, 2002 6:10 PM
Just curious. I see many pro's bikes with wires running up the cables. Why don't they use a wireless?
Reliability??Breakfast
May 25, 2002 7:44 PM
I dunno, maybe because hard wired is more reliable. I had wireless once and liked it even though it suffered brain farts and indicated 78 mph or more occasionally.
re: Why don't pros use wireless computers?RCole
May 25, 2002 9:19 PM
I think that they're monitored from their pace car that follows the team. The pace care communicates the details through the ear-piece that you see most pros wearing in their ears.
re: Why don't pros use wireless computers?yfoiler
May 26, 2002 6:13 AM
Just a guess but with over one hundred "wireless" computers all running in close proxmity to each other you'd have to have some serious packet encoding going on to eliminate radio frequency interference between the different units. So maybe they get to many glitches to work properly. I run Mavic Mektronic shifters on my road bike. When I ride to close to my buddies bike his wireless computer starts giving him all sorts of false readings. When I back away it returns to normal. The Mercury team tried using the Mektronics but gave up early on. I think they didn't want some over zealous fan jamming out their shifters on a steep stage critical climb! ;-) So perhaps wireless is just something else to go wrong they don't want to mess with. BTW, all the guys bitch about the radios they all use in the race, they are not all that reliable either.

Marty
My guess also..DINOSAUR
May 27, 2002 8:29 AM
With all the electronic gagets going back and forth I suspect that the wireless might be subject to outside electrical interference. Sometimes I get garbage readings on my Vetta RT88 wireless. Also the wireless need a transmitter, so there might not be a weight advantage as opposed to a wire that winds around your brake cable. The wired models might be less hassle to set up and maintain. Also the wired models don't need a battery for a transmitter. Just a guess on my part, I've wondered the same thing. I've also noticed some teams have their computer monitors positioned on the leftside of their bars...
They doboneman
May 26, 2002 7:13 AM
At least with the Shimano FlightDeck users. I got mine after seeing them used in the 2001 TDF and usage has continued and increased with FlightDeck in the pro peleton. I don't know about the other brands.
Prediction:Me Dot Org
May 26, 2002 7:34 AM
In 10 years, all the riders will have Heads Up Displays in their Rudy Projects. These glasses are currently being warehoused in Roswell, New Mexico.

Gotta go. Getting another message from the C.I.A. via aluminum foil antaenna...
Do you meanWoof the dog
May 26, 2002 6:37 PM
these Rudy Projects are already created by a hot Bike Goddess, packaged and ready to be shipped to me at a certain date? Do you also know the date when these will hit the market?

WoW!!!!!! I can't wait for that package!

Sincerely

Woof the destinydog.