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why should i buy a onbike computer?(8 posts)

why should i buy a onbike computer?warriorcharge
Jun 25, 2002 4:28 AM
what are the benefits,i ride for fun and fitness and comute everyday,i have been riding 5days a week for probably 15 years + everybody seems to have one,i'm thinking about it if only to discover what my cadence is
for spelling and grammar check?DougSloan
Jun 25, 2002 5:18 AM
Just kidding.

No, doesn't sound like you need one. Most of the basic ones won't have a cadence function, anyway. If you have gone 15 years without one, why change now?

You probably shouldn't...biknben
Jun 25, 2002 5:29 AM
Unless you're planning to change your habits, there's probably no reason to get one. As you said, you ride for fun. If the computer isn't going to add to that than don't bother.

Personally, I just like to keep track of how far, fast and long I have gone. Adding it all up gives you something to do on rainy days.
Computer userHap
Jun 25, 2002 6:03 AM
After riding 5 days a week for fifteen years without one, it's hard for me to come up with a good reason why you need one now.

I use a Cateye Astrele(sp?) with the cadence feature. I've used a computer with cadence for more than 15 years. I also use a HR monitor. I balance speed and HR while maintaining candence to maximize endurance on longer rides. It also gives me the info that I like to keep in a log, i.e. distance, time, ave speed, weekly mileage , monthly mileage,etc.

The benifit for me is being able to gage my effort and measure improvement. I find this to be very motivating in the same way that it's easier to pass up desert when you've been watching the needle on the scale drop. Being able to ride farther and faster for me is a motivation to ride farther and faster.

Do you need it? No. Would you use it if you had it? Absolutely! Would you benefit from it? Well, maybe and maybe not.

re: why should i buy a onbike computer?UncleMoe
Jun 25, 2002 8:28 AM
I was in the same boat, except I had only been commuting for 4 years. I was in the LBS last week, saw that the cateye Mity 3 was on sale fro 14 bucks and thought, what the hell. While I was at it, I also picked up a $23 Enduro 2 for my MTB.

I got home, announced to my wife I was officially a bike geek now (I mean that wtih respect). I just get a kick knowing how far I've ridden, avg speed, top speed, etc.

For me, it just ads a little more pleasure to the ride, but I do admit that it helps me push a little bit more when I see my avg speed dropping, so I guess in the long run, it might help my riding as well.
So maybe i'll get one,whats flight deck all aboutwarriorcharge
Jun 25, 2002 8:39 AM
re: why should i buy a onbike computer?Starliner
Jun 25, 2002 8:49 AM
For not too many bucks more than the base models, you can get one with cadence. But even if you go with an El Cheapo, there are several things which you might find useful:

- Clock .... I don't wear a watch, so this feature is useful to me, especially if I'm under some kind of time constraint

- Speedometer .... gotta be sure not to be caught speeding in the school zones

- Trip odometer ..... for reasons which apply to fun and fitness

- Total odometer ..... you mean I rode that far last year? And if you're anal, then you can chart out your service schedules based upon your mileage
not just service schedules, but past maintenance tooTomS
Jun 25, 2002 9:24 AM
I'm not anal enough to "schedule" service on my bike, but it's nice to know how much mileage you got out of a part. Like "geez, these tires only lasted 800 miles", etc. Although last time I replaced my chain I had waited too long and it wore down the cassette cogs, so maybe I'll "schedule" that one...