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Computers: What brand/ model do you use and why?(14 posts)

Computers: What brand/ model do you use and why?TommyRides
Aug 5, 2002 1:34 PM
Looking for a good computer for my road bike. What are you using and why do you like it?

I have bladed spokes and a carbon blade fork....so mine needs to fit!
Cat's Eye AT-100 because it was the first one I saw ...Humma Hah
Aug 5, 2002 1:54 PM
... with an altimeter. I like gadgets. Since I ride singlespeed, climbing is the hardest thing I do all day, and I like to be able to quantify it.

The AT-100 is not bad, but it lacks a couple of features of newer altimeter cyclocomputers, and if I were buying one today, I'd look harder at the competition.
Cateye Astralefracisco
Aug 5, 2002 2:02 PM
I bought it on sale for around $25. I wanted a computer with cadence, the price was right, and it works great. The magnetic pickup sensors are on the left crankarm and the rear wheel.
a hammer, my timex wristwatch & an abacusSpirito
Aug 5, 2002 2:28 PM
yeah.... real old school but works perfectly

i hammer a hop into my front wheel, and set my timex before heading off to 12:00 hours. i have some zip ties holding an abacus on my bars between my brake hoods. its just a matter of counting the bumps as you roll.

then i check my time when i get home and count up all the beads. i wouldnt use my Mac for such plebian stuff as spreadsheets so i email my info to my tech geek mate with a PC.

he then sends me my average speed. its usually around 28-32 mph but on some shorter rides (30 mi) it can get up to 38-42 mph. this method is far better than my last computer as my average has increased "off the hook". it also doesn't need batteries as my timex is a wind-up and can work on most bikes (no hassles with wires and findignthe right magnet etc etc ).

oh ... i should mention that NYC has some pretty bad roads so i might be counting bumps as extra's.

im working on a cadence feature but im yet to find a bottom bracket axle narrow enough so my crank hits the chainstay.

ciao
Ah, mate....Ahimsa
Aug 5, 2002 3:11 PM
Y' don't need ta get a narrow bottom bracket, you just need to attach a bit of metal to yer shoe as such that it strikes the chainstay as ya pedal.

Count the strikes on a second abacus and thus cadence is no problem.

Sheesh. Why d'ya always gotta do the things the hard way?

Cheers!

A.
I used to do almost that on the cruiser ...Humma Hah
Aug 5, 2002 3:26 PM
... I didn't need to hammer the rims -- the front was already pretty lumpy from a few careless encounters with curbs.

But the abacus never really did work, I'd hit a bump and all the beads would reset. So I got a mechanical odometer. It did the job for about 6 months, but a couple of high-speed descents destroyed its guts.

That was replaced by a mechanical speedo. It lasted 20 years, mostly because the bike got only about 400 miles during that period. It died the death shortly after I got back into riding seriously.

I'm retro for everything else. But I really do like a nice computer.
Yeah!Spoke Wrench
Aug 5, 2002 3:29 PM
I find that I go much faster and farther when I estimate my speed and distance insted of using a computer.
re: Computers: What brand/ model do you use and why?NeedSpeed
Aug 5, 2002 4:30 PM
I now use a wired Shimano FlightDeck. I used to use a Sigma Sport BC800. First I used a wireless set-up and it wouldn't work periodically, driving me nuts. I hated having no idea how many miles I'd done on a particular ride because my computer stopped working and I didn't have time to stop and fiddle with it. So I switched to the wired version and it still would give crazy read-outs and stop reading. Now with the FlightDeck, I KNOW it will always read accurately, plus it offers more info than the Sigma.
re: Computers: What brand/ model do you use and why?Juanmoretime
Aug 5, 2002 4:52 PM
Cateye Mity 3. Big display, two different wheel sizes. Battery last forever, over 4 years and still going, Plus if you can live with orange, Bike Nasbar is closing out the orange one for $13.31. Cheap, reliable and does almost everything I want it to, and what it doesn't do, my wife will!
Dell Dimension 8100firstrax
Aug 5, 2002 4:58 PM
re: Computers: What brand/ model do you use and why?aliensporebomb
Aug 6, 2002 8:02 AM
I use a Vetta VT55 that was designed for a BikeE recumbent.

Why? Because my carbon fork is so close to the spokes
of my front wheel that no sensor really can be clamped
to it the way manufacturers assume it should and since
it's a bladed carbon fork it's not real practical to
mount a sensor on the front or rear edge of the fork.

I put together a website on how to mount this computer to
my bike and take the measurement off the rear wheel.

Since the wire is longer to accommodate recumbents it is
plenty long to go from the rear wheel, up the seatstay to
the top bar up to the handlebars.

My website is at http://pod.ath.cx/ and has a link to how
I did it.

I could go wireless with a flight deck someday but I'm still
in pain from buying two bikes, hydration gear, gloves,
jerseys, shoes, etc. etc. etc.
re: Computers: What brand/ model do you use and why?aliensporebomb
Aug 6, 2002 8:04 AM
I use a Vetta VT55 that was designed for a BikeE recumbent.

It does the usual stuff:
Time of day, trip time, average speed, maximum speed, odometer,
an indicator if you're travelling slower or faster than average,
and a maintenance indicator. Basic stuff but it works and the
display is large and clear.

Why the recumbent version?

Why? Because my carbon fork is so close to the spokes
of my front wheel that no sensor really can be clamped
to it the way manufacturers assume it should and since
it's a bladed carbon fork it's not real practical to
mount a sensor on the front or rear edge of the fork.

I put together a website on how to mount this computer to
my bike and take the measurement off the rear wheel.

Since the wire is longer to accommodate recumbents it is
plenty long to go from the rear wheel, up the seatstay to
the top bar up to the handlebars.

My website is at http://pod.ath.cx/ and has a link to how
I did it.

I could go wireless with a flight deck someday but I'm still
in pain from buying two bikes, hydration gear, gloves,
jerseys, shoes, etc. etc. etc.
Cateye AstraleChen2
Aug 6, 2002 8:11 AM
All of the basic functions and cadence. Circumferance calibrated in mm for greater accuracy. Great price, ~$40.
~Al
re: Computers: What brand/ model do you use and why?W6UV
Aug 7, 2002 12:42 PM
How about a GPS? Something like a Garmin eTrex Vista or Summit. These mount to the handlebars, but have no other connection to the bike. No need for wheel magnets.

They do all of the usual bike functions: speed, distance, elapsed time, altitude. They also tell you where you are (the Vista will show you on a map display) and where you've been. You can download the data and use mapping software to superimpose your ride route onto a map.

Downsides: cost ($200-$300), battery life (12 hours).