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Bike Computer

Bike Computer

In light of the discussion earlier today on Garmin's over at bbctalk I was wondering about recommendations for a more 'basic' bike computer - you know speed (avg/max), time, different wheel sizes. Cadence, heart rate/calories and wireless would be the main 'extras'. Not really interested in even the cheap Garmin but if someone can make a good case for it over a less expensive that will perform the above functions I'm open. Oh, and it's needs to take a beating as it will end up on a mountain bike as well as a road bike.

Joe

Joe Archibald
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Why wireless?  So much easier to have one battery to worry about.

Heart rate?  to get that you're out of the basic range of bike computers.

Even though I use a Garmin 705 I still have my Cateye Enduro hooked up. Very reliable, no need to worry about the battery (still on the original), and also pretty basic.

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Hi Joe
Before I went to the Garmins, I was very happy with the VDO's. I also liked the Sigmas. This is a fast moving area for development. Bike computers seem to obsolete quickly and in any case don't have a very long lifespan; and I am taking road not off road cycling. There is a lot to be said for a very basic simple computer. I just like to know my altitude gain and current grade; that always puts me into the more expensive bike computers.
Ed Cahill

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I should have been a little more specific.
I currently use the Cateye Enduro and Mity Mite, have used several over the years and like them very much. My wife would like to have more information than these put out - cadence, some form of calories burned (which really needs to be calculated based on heart rate, time, intensity, etc.) - but the cost and technicality of the Garmin's is not very appealing. The 205 & 500 both would perform all the functionality she's looking for but I was hoping for something less expensive and without the extra aspects of the Garmin's. I know Cateye and others have computers with cadence, some with HR and wanted to know if anyone had experience with those.

As for the wireless - I hate cluttered anything, much less bikes and wires running from the handlebar down the tubes to the crank area for cadence is just not acceptable. Ideally, rechargeable batteries of the size use by these computers are coming so the battery issues become less troubling to me.

Joe

Joe Archibald
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Hi Joe
There is an old saying about bikes and bike parts--cheap, light weight and durable; you get to have any two but not all three. The same can be said about bike computers; if your wife wants bike computer functions combined with any sort of physiological data, she will have to have a HRM built in. None of the ones that do that are cheap. But this is where bike computers are going. Before I used a Garmin, I had a VDO MC 1.0 wireless and used a Sigma HRM to give me what the Garmin gives me in one unit. Both VDO (http://www.cycleparts.de/en/produkte/produktstart/) and Sigma have unnits in the $100-$200 range that give you HRM and bike computer info without GPS or PC downloads (that ability kicks the price up another $2-300). Polar has units with both kinds of info but are more expensive.
Ed Cahill

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