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wireless computer...to buy or not to buy?(6 posts)

wireless computer...to buy or not to buy?kyle_4375
Apr 22, 2003 1:03 PM
Having recently ripped wires off yet another computer, I'm thinkin' about switchin' to a wireless unit. Pros/Cons? Any brands superior to another?

Thanks for the help.
re: wireless computer...to buy or not to buy?laffeaux
Apr 22, 2003 3:16 PM
I prefer wireless on my MTB (due to ripping wires from units), but prefer wired for on road use (I've never had issues with catching the wires on anything). The reason has to do with battery life. A wired unit seems to go for 5+ years on a single battery, while wireless units seem to go through them much faster (and there are more of them). I have a Sigma wireless unit that has two batteries in the sending unit, one in the recieving unit, and one in the computer. When any one dies the computer stops working. I had all three die (at different times) over about a 6 month period. It seemed like I was buying batteries more than I was riding.

As far as function goes I've rarely had problems with either wired or wireless computers.
I prefer wirelessbianchi boy
Apr 22, 2003 5:09 PM
I've had no problems with the Performance Axiom wireless computer I've used for over 2 years. Replaced the battery twice during that time. I prefer the cleaner look without wires hanging all over the place.
re: wireless computer...to buy or not to buy?al0
Apr 23, 2003 12:59 AM
There may be some interference problem if you ride in pack with another wireless device owners or even if you use your wireless compuer and wireless HRM simultaneously. In later case probability of problem isn't high, but definitly not zero, as I know some peoples that have encounter such problem (including my son - computer works Ok but HRM provides improper heart rate - about 1.5 times higher then without that computer ).
I also prefer wirelessTower
Apr 23, 2003 4:50 AM
I prefer wireless because I don't like wrapping or zip-tying the wires down cables or the frame.

Have had a wireless Specialized computer on my MTB for the past 4 years with no troubles at all. Still on the original battery.

Just recently put a Cateye Cordless 7 on my new road bike. Initially I was getting some really strange readings between rides. I soon figured out it was my cable modem connection at the house that was triggering it. I store my bike in another direction now and it works fine. It's your basic computer, no frills, but it works fine for me. Good thing is they sell a stem mounting kit if you want it there.

http://www.cateye.com/detail_mod02.php?products_id=101
I went back to the wired type..DINOSAUR
Apr 23, 2003 7:59 AM
With a wired computer you have a wire taped on your fork. With a wireless you have to mount a transmitter on your fork. The battery life for the transmitter was good for about 2,000 miles. I also got occasional garbage readings on the wireless. Wireless look better and are easier to mount, and I might consider another one sometime down the road but for now I'm sticking to a wired type. If you want to try wireless, try to find one on sale, as it might end up in your parts box...