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Favorite cycle computer?(9 posts)

Favorite cycle computer?mwood
Jul 8, 2002 1:50 PM
I am thinking of breaking down and mounting a computer on my bike (I've never used one).
What are some of the better options?
Pros/cons of wireless (seems like an uneccesary option).
I'd also like an altimeter. Any better than the rest, as far as altitude accuracy?
re: Favorite cycle computer?laffeaux
Jul 8, 2002 2:27 PM
I have a Cat Eye Astrale on my road bike and a Sigma Sport on mountain bike. I like the Cat Eye on the road as it has a cadence meter, which to me is very handy. I generally display speed and cadence while I ride. It helps you get to know what RMPs work best for you.

I agree that wireless is not needed on a road bike. On a mountian bike it's great - I've had had the wires ripped off mid-rid on several occassions by brush.
Does it make sensemwood
Jul 8, 2002 2:30 PM
to use one computer for both my MTB and my road bike?
I've never thought of a computer on the mt bike...
not to melaffeaux
Jul 8, 2002 3:04 PM
I don't use the same one as I think knowing cadence on a road bike is great., but on a MTB it varries so much that it's not a useful measure. However if you are into monitoring your heart rate and downloading all of your ride info, it might make sense.
Specialized SpeedZone Pro Wireless?AllisonHayes
Jul 8, 2002 3:13 PM
As far as I know this is the only "next generation" cyclometer on the market. It also has an altimeter, cumulative gain and cadence. Reviews from

"The Speedzone Pro has been totally reliable; the wireless link is reliable; the altimeter and cumulative gain functions seem accurate; the display is legible and doesn't darken in extreme heat."


"...the Pro is actually storing data while you're in motion. After ten hours, it runs out of memory and resets the cumulative functions (distance, total climb, etc.) to zero!"

i Maybe it would be better to wait for the next next generation.
Specialized SpeedZone EliteJL
Jul 9, 2002 4:30 AM
is the one I have. It's worked great form me. Has cadence (the only wired part), but the wireless part has worked great. It's the next one down from the Pro so it doesn't have Altimeter, temp, cumulative gain. I never had a problem with it once it was calibrated correctly.

Happy riding.

depends on how fancy you want to gettheBreeze
Jul 8, 2002 3:54 PM
There are numerous kinds out there with all sorts of bells and whistles. What would be your main purpose? Just keeping track of time, mileage & speed? Or do you want cadence, HRM and stuff like that.
If you've never used one and not sure how much dough you want to fork over, Nashbar sells a nice little wireless for about 30 bucks. Very simple to program. The "regular" list price is higher, but in almost every catalog I have gotten it's at a "special" sale price. I picked the wireless just because it was easy to put on and take off if I want. The computer part actually detaches from the holder so I can take it in the house and enter the numbers in my log. Of course the con side is that more than once I have spent a good 15 minutes before a ride searching around for it! And I have dropped it a couple times, had the battery fall out and lost all my data. Which is why I now keep a permanent log. It stills works fine however. Haven't been able to justify to myself spending more money on a fancier one. If I want to know my cadence, I use the clock feature and count.

People I know and trust swear by Cat-eye computers.
cateye mity 3husker
Jul 8, 2002 4:50 PM
Very nice, very basic. It has MPH, average speed, odometer, and elapsed time. I like it very much. I had an Avocet 45tt with all the crap that goes with it (cadence, etc.). It was the biggest piece of crap, ever. I believe the less stuff on the computer the better. I can always count my cadence on my own.
Better Options? Plus Altimeter? = Polar S-710yfoiler
Jul 8, 2002 6:31 PM
If it's better options you want I can't think of a better set-up for you than the Polar S-710. I broke down a couple of months ago and bought the Polar S-710, a real financial committment I must admit, but less than some forks. ;-)

I got it mainly for heart rate and PC downloading capabilty but now I've really fallen in love with the bike computer in it. I can leave my Mektronic on Average Speed, cog selection, and clock, and use the s-710 to get realtime speed, stopwatch, and heart zone (percent of max, or bpm). When I get done with the workout I come back and download the data to PC Coach just to verify that I really did suck! Additionally I use it as my regular wristwatch, a bit clunky, and I see people sneer at it all the time but I don't give a hoot.

I don't use the altimeter however, because I live and train in Florida--- I mean Flori-duh, where I believe the highest elevation is the top of the Tampa Bay Bridge.