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how many not grumpy enough retros use computers?(4 posts)

how many not grumpy enough retros use computers?desmo
Dec 14, 2002 3:48 PM
A cycling computer on my 70's bike or fixed gear has always been out of the question, but I just pulled one off my main ride as well. Hopefully for good. In fact it was all the fixed gear miles sans "avg., max., distance, etc." that convinced me it's something I really do not need or miss. Ok, it's pretty cool seeing 50 mph+ displayed after a killer descent, and knowing your sprint top end is nice as well but I think I can live without it. Just got to make sure I'm not that computerless guy who's always asking his buddies how many miles they've rode, how fast, average, etc!
Got one on my SS...Lone Gunman
Dec 15, 2002 4:36 PM
I like to know how far and top speed and time on bike, I still get surprised when I see the same route I rode with my high zoot Lemond was only 1.5mph faster (as an ave) than I rode on my SS. I have a faster downhill on speed coasting on my SS than my Lemond, same hill.
I run the best computer I've ever seen on a cruiser ...Humma Hah
Dec 16, 2002 6:27 AM
I paid almost as much for my Cat's Eye AT-100 as I paid for the cruiser new.

Why bother with an expensive altimeter cyclocomputer on a cruiser? Because climbing on a lead-sled singlespeed bike is the hardest thing you'll do on a ride, and you wanna have a good reason for feeling so tired after a measley little century on it.

I find that logging miles is a great motivator -- I love getting in a great week, hate missing rides because it gets me behind, and am motivated to set new personal records. The average speed function makes me try to keep my speed at or above average as much as possible.
re: how many not grumpy enough retros use computers?Andy M-S
Dec 16, 2002 8:43 AM
I've tried lots of different computers, but all of them left me unhappy. This past spring I finally realized what was wrong--I was spending too much time on the computer and not enough looking at the redwing blackbirds!

So--off came the computer.

I'd kind of like to know how far I traveled this past year, but I can guesstimate it pretty well. And I think the bike looks better w/o anything electronic on board, so--though I've been tempted to recomputerize for rollers this winter, it's not going to happen.

Free at last, free at last, I'm computer free at last!