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I need a cyclometer....recomendations(7 posts)

I need a cyclometer....recomendationsTiboy
Jun 30, 2002 7:00 PM
Time for a new Cateye mity is shot. My new one should have the following:
1.I would like to see what my cadence is...
2.I also want auto on/off, so I NEVER have to think about starting the darn thing
3. Light
4. Cheap (inexpensive)
re: I need a cyclometer....recomendationsJBurton
Jun 30, 2002 7:51 PM
I don't think you'll have any luck trying to find cheap AND with cadence. If you like Cateye, I hear the Astrale is good, with cadence at about $40. For good accuracy, you can't go wrong with a Avocet 45 tt w/cadence at around $55. I personally only have experience with a Vetta w/cadence. I found that the buttons worked about half the time. However, I haven't used a computer in a year or so.
Flite deck, AstraleSpoke Wrench
Jul 1, 2002 4:51 AM
I like the Flite Deck if your bike is Flite-Deck-able. I just think the gear indicator function is neat. They aren't, however, cheap.

I'm partial to Cateye computers otherwise. Besides cadence, the Astrale is nice because it will work in the winter on your resistance trainer.
One Thought....Polar Protrainer XT or equivalentGregory Taylor
Jul 1, 2002 5:21 AM
I you use a heartrate monitor, you might want to think about replacing your cyclocomputer with a HR monitor that also has cycling functions. I've been very pleased with the Polar Protrainer XT. Versatile, tough, and has pretty much all of the cycling and training functions that I want. One of the nicest things about it is the fact that it is wireless -- I hate stringing wires all over a beautiful new bike.

Downsides are that (1) even on with blowout sale pricing, it ain't cheap, and (2) it doesn't have the cadence function that you want. Frankly, I get along with counting my pedal strokes for 15 seconds and doing the math.

If you are just looking for a good cheap computer, the Cateye Mity 3 is tough to beat. No cadence, but it does have the ability to store two wheel sizes, which is nice.
re: I need a cyclometer....recomendationsPhatMatt
Jul 1, 2002 6:16 AM
I have the Cateye astrale and it works pretty well. I had the Vetta rt77 (I think. I liked the cadence function better since it had current, average and max cadence. But the Vetta computer had a short life and it was my second on in a year and a half. I will not be going back to vetta for a while.
re: I need a cyclometer....recomendationsBryanJL
Jul 1, 2002 7:57 AM
Hi Tiboy,

These computers fit your requirements:

Performance 8.0C (and it has rear pick up, so if you use your bike on an indoor trainer, it still gives ya all the data)

On sale now at Performance for $29.99, check:

Echowell F-2, now re-named the J12 (both same thing, just diff model number and colors)--this one even has maximum cadence, kinda cool for when ya wanna know how fast was the fastest spin ya had..

company site:
(keep in mind it is available in other colors!!)

purchase at Bike Nashbar for $40:

Purchase at for $40:

Hope this helps,

Full Endorsement on the Echo ModelGK
Jul 1, 2002 10:22 AM
I bought the Echo from my LBS becausee I trusted their recommendation, and in spite of the paucity of reviews online. It works GREAT. Simple. Easy to read. Cadence, Avg Cadence and Max Cadence are cool.

It performs as good or better than any Performance or Cateye model I've used.

The Performance models offer excellent value for the money, but I'm less than impressed with the magnetic pickups.