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1/9/11 12:09 P

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Scott,I have the trek incite 8i. I am on my second one as the first one stopped working after a crash. I purchased the unit again because I didn't have to change anything on my bike, just slide the unit back on and reset the settings. I also had the option of getting a different model but i liked the one i had. so if you are wiping out a lot... durability might be an issue.

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1/7/11 11:50 A

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I've got a CatEye double wireless with cadence and love it. Also mounted on the rear wheel so I can get info while on the trainer.

My other bike has a wired computer, and I just got a longer wire so it would reach the back wheel as well. It's a Sigma sport, and about 8 years old and still going strong (knock on wood).

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1/6/11 11:53 A

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Ah cyclometers. Back when I raced CatEye's cyclometer was the size of a calculator. They had a solar model that was supposed to be powered by the sun but most riders gave up on that and replaced the rechargeable button cells with non-rechargeable.

The tiny Avocet cyclometer was a game changer. Everyone wanted this little bugger and soon CatEye started to make little computers as well.

The last several bike computers I bought were CatEye Enduros. These are basically Mitys with more substantial pickup and wires intended for off-road use but I have destroyed enough wires over the years that the beefy wires seem like a good idea on road too.

For this year I'm trying a cyclometer app for my iphone. It has a GPS so using it this way seems logical. I'll have to think of a way to power it on the bike for long trips if I want to keep the display on all the time. The first one I'm testing is a free (ad supported anyway) cyclometer but if it sucks I'll try one of the commercial ones. If they all suck I'll probably just buy a new battery for my Enduro.

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1/6/11 9:44 A

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I use a Specialized Speed Zone Sport wireless and love it. Simple to use, large easy to read numbers. Features include Clock, Current, Max & Average Speeds, Odometer
Trip Distance, and Auto Time.

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1/5/11 12:09 P

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I don't know why I thought mine were ascent (I probably was having a senior moment). They are both Cateye's. One is the wireless...I change the battery regularly at 1984 miles. At least I know before hand when to change both!

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1/5/11 7:34 A

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mine is a cateye wireless and it works well. You can get one that has the cadence reading on it too.

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1/4/11 11:10 P

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Thanks for all the feedback!

I decided that I don't necessarily need a backlight which opens up my options. From googling the info, reading some bike forums, it sounds like I can mount it near a light, use a helmet light to see it or even have a inexpensive LED pointing at it, rather than trying to turn on a backlight while I ride (still need to get good lights for front of bike and helmet). I had my eye on the Trek Incite Alpine DW (which is discontinued), since it had been on sale for $60 at my bike shop. During the holidays it was on sale for $40 and I had thought I may get it however it went back up to $60 after the 31st so I'll still look at others before I decide. If anyone has experience with that model they want to share let me know.

I do know that I want wireless, and the ability to hook up to the back wheel for when I get a trainer someday. Thanks again, if and when I get one I'll post the info.

Scott


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1/4/11 10:26 P

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I absolutely loved my Cateye Micro wireless! Then I upgraded to a Mavic that I got a killer deal on ($100 new from an authorized reseller - that's half retail) and it did exceptionally well for me. But when Trek finally came out with their DuoTrap sensor, I upgraded again to the Garmin Edge 500. It is extremely nice and wasn't too much of a jump in price (about $250) plus the DuoTrap sensor ($55) plus the "premium" heart rate strap (it's just a softer material than the standard rubber strap they offer).

I don't feel you'd go wrong with any of these as they served me very well for quite some time.

Take care and ride safe!

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1/4/11 10:24 P

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totally agree with Jhollangel. You need to decide what you want/need in the computer. That being said the Cateye Strata wireless is nice. Also as someone else stated, if you want to use the computer to track trainer workouts you should get one that works on the back wheel. As far as bicklighting I don't ride at night so I have no input there.

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1/4/11 12:58 P

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I bought myself a cateye wireless last year that records from the back wheel. Reason I got this type is so when i ride on the trainer throughout the Winter months it can still record my mileage



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1/4/11 8:15 A

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I use the Cat Eye Strada Double wireless. I like it a lot. As far as backlight, it all depends on why you are looking at the computer in the first place? How often do you look at it now? Are you trail riding, road riding? The only reason why I would think you would be looking at the computer is to check on your cadence or avg speed.

You have to ask yourself why you are using the computer in the first place? What type of riding are you doing? If you are night riding, what reasons are you riding at night? Would even need a computer night riding.

I have a backlight on my and I have used it several times. But only because i started early in the morning and I got caught riding past dusk during my work out rides and I was doing negative splits and cadence riding.

Jim

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1/4/11 7:51 A

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I have both a Cateye and a Planet Bike computer on my bikes. I definitely prefer the Cateye for its ease-of-use and bigger display (it's actually smaller than the PB computer, but the numbers are bigger).

The Cateye Micro Wireless is just like the one that I have, but with the backlight. www.cateye.com/en/product_detail/281

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SCOTTK3000's Photo SCOTTK3000 Posts: 1,033
1/3/11 11:49 P

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I'd also be interested in what others experience is with riding at night and seeing a computer and if I even need a backlight? (since there is at least one trek model on sale at my bike shop that doesn't have a backlight). Maybe it can be seen fine with a mounted light on the handlebars or a helmet light? What do others do? Let me know if you have thoughts. Thanks.

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1/3/11 11:43 P

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I use the Ascent on two of my bikes. The road bike has the wireless. Not riding these in the dark, so haven't needed a back light.

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1/3/11 11:17 P

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dont get the tegus one I had a lot of problems with it

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1/3/11 11:16 P

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Hi all,
Any recommendations for bike computers? Looking in the $50-$70 and under range but would be interested in hearing about any even if more expensive.

I think I'd like one with a backlight. Unless people think that a backlight isn't really needed. I do ride some at night.

Thanks,Scott

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