I've had various computers for the last two decades. I finally decided simple and wired was good enough and like the Sigma 906 that a Dutch bikeway engineer gave me. I have 3 bikes and I think going with lower cost ones so I can buy the same one for each works for me. That way I only have to remember instructions for one computer.
I tired one that was wireless that could switch to two wheel sizes and bought the extra gear to outfit it on two bikes. It popped off somewhere between Cape Smokey and Ingonish in Nova Scotia. Thus it was useless for both bikes.
I had one with cadence but now I find I really don't need it. I'm pretty familiar with what a good spin feels like.
I use the Trek INCITE 9i wireless and I love it. It has the added benefit of a temp. gauge. They also make an INCITE 11i that has cadence as well as temp. but not wireless. But neither of these have heart rate.
My next purchase will be the Garmin EDGE 305 with heart rate and cadence. I'll have to save up for that.
By the way, checkout performance bicycling.com for all kinds of comp. at a big discount.
I haven't looked for a while, but the one thing that I did learn in my own search was that I wanted all my wireless computers to be coded--that way, they wouldn't interfere with each other. My original Polar was not coded, and I couldn't get an accurate read when I was cycling with my Cateye Double Wireless.
I'm wondering about getting a computer, too. I have a Polar HRM with watch, and I hate having to send it away for a replacement battery. Are the $30-40 items I see in the LBS sufficient for getting started. (Hubby is a little disconcerted by the amount of money we have dropped on my bike, hitch for the minivan, carrier...) I know cadence is important, and I do a great job staying in the 80's at different resistance levels on the stationary, but I don't know what will happen when it stops raining here and I can get out on the roads. I read the discussion about the Garmin, but that is out of my price range right now. Also, Polar offers a 20-30% trade-up discount. Thanks for any advice or suggestions anyone can provide.
"It isn't sufficient just to want; you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want." Franklin D. Roosevelt
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.