Cycle Computer

Singing Mulefa
Singing Mulefa Posts: 9
edited October 2008 in Road beginners
I am sure this has been asked before but I interested in up to date deals that forum members might know of....

So...what do you all think is the best cycle computer? which should I buy? I need it to tell me what speed I am doing and it might be useful to know my heartrate..

Thanks in advance

Will

PS: I was thinking between £35 and £50...is that enough?
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  • Wait for lidl to get them back in, i got a wire-less cpu with hrm for 19.99, seems a bargain
  • Wait for lidl to get them back in, i got a wire-less cpu with hrm for 19.99, seems a bargain

    Didn't you have quite a bit of trouble setting it up though STEFANOS4784?
  • most cycle shops will have cateye wireless . decent one £ 30 , and they will fit it correctly , something mere mortals cant do .
  • flasher
    flasher Posts: 1,734
    Cateye Strada (Cycling Plus 10/10), fitted in 5 minutes flat, works a treat and simple to use. Can be had for between £30-£40.
  • STEFANOS4784
    STEFANOS4784 Posts: 4,109
    edited September 2008
    Yeh, did have a bit of trouble but was my 1st cpu, don't think most people are as cack-handed as me!! :oops:


    Plus if any-one else has trouble they know who to see :wink: 8)
  • Polar are pretty sweet if you want HR as well. I had one before my Garmin and it was a nice unit with some good features. On my cheapie bike I have a Blackburn which cost me about £12 from Wiggle. It is wired but the wire was long enough to reach the rear wheel, useful for on the Turbo. It is a good basic computer and easy to read.

    Wiggle has 20%off cycle computers at the moment.
  • If you want to try one Lidl's still have them in, well they do a round North London.
    I got one but have to get it on my bike or thinking of getting a newer one ( I have a Hibred at the mo and want a Road bike again )
  • +1 for the Cateye Strada wireless. I'd personally go for a cycle computer + separate HRM combo, but that's just because I need a HRM for other training, and wouldn't want to spending more just for the HRM function.
  • Cateye Micro, more functions than the Strada, cheaper too, but a gnats bigger.
  • Scrumple
    Scrumple Posts: 2,665
    Garmin 205 from pc world
    no wires
    easy
  • I am going to have a look at that one from Lidl....if not I think I will look at the CATEYE one....does that have a hrm function?

    Will
  • I've got one of these

    http://www.roadcyclinguk.com/news/article/mps/uan/2240

    which I won last weekend - I'm selling it as I've no need for it- have sent you a message.
    Chris
  • Jez mon
    Jez mon Posts: 3,809
    Garmin 305. Expensive, but brilliant.

    Or get one of the cheaper ones mentioned above, which are much better value.
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  • I got one of the Bike Mate ones from Aldi for £12.99 with HRM and 32 Functions, took about 10 minutes to set it up and havent had any problems with it *Touch Wood* Not in the perverse way either!!!

    Highly Recommended.
  • feel
    feel Posts: 800
    Bought a wired one for my 3rd bike from Aldi for £1.99 :shock:
    OK so it took an extra 5mins to fit but still looks very neat and has a large display with 20+ functions. Won't ever bother having to fiddle about taking it off and putting on like my expensive ones and if it gets nicked i won't lose sleep - the replacement batteries will probably cost more.
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  • I've got a wireless Cateye Strada fitted (by the shop) to my new bike and it doesn't seem very reliable so far.

    My commute is a smidgen over 6 miles (based on the wired Cateye Velo on my old bike) but the Strada varies between a smidgen over 6 miles and under 4 miles. Something is clearly going wrong with the signal as, last night, I was scooting along quite nicely but the Strada claimed I was only doing 7mph - and I'm not that slow :oops:

    I've tried the obvious stuff like making sure the magnet is as close as possible to the sensor. Oddly, it seems more reliable in a morning than an evening - but that might just be to do with my nightly (frustrated) tinkerings.

    I would go back to the bike shop (Condor) but it's a little out of the way for me. I'm due to go back in another 4/5 weeks for a post-sale check-up so I'll raise it then if still a problem.

    Any trouble shooting suggestions in the meantime? Thanks.
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  • http://www.cateye.com/uk/product_detail/86

    You can pick em up for around £35-40 from the likes of ribble ....
  • move the sensor closer to the computer (ie up the fork leg) my one works fine...
  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    edited September 2008
    http://www.cateye.com/uk/product_detail/86

    You can pick em up for around £35-40 from the likes of ribble ....
    Yes, I just got one from Ribble for £39 post free and including 10% off for spending over £50. They also offered a free Chain Cleaner and fluid in the deal but this didn't arrive :( however the price is about £8 less than elsewhere.

    Edit: Ribble replied rapidly to my email and said they will post the chain cleaner.

    £40 for computer with HRM is pretty good, haven't tried it yet, I was loathe to buy a Cateye (Zyro warranty support = NIL) and from Ribble (had total rudeness on the phone with them), but the price was too tempting.
  • feel
    feel Posts: 800
    I've got a wireless Cateye Strada fitted (by the shop) to my new bike and it doesn't seem very reliable so far.



    Any trouble shooting suggestions in the meantime? Thanks.

    As well as moving the sensor and magnet higher up the fork as per last poster, although not so far as to increase the distance between magnet and sensor, try positioning the magnet to one end of the sensor. Surprisingly they don't work as well in the middle as they do towards the ends. Also check all your batteries, even though they are probs relatively new it might be that one is not behaving itself.
    If all else fails get a wired one from aldi :wink: they are now selling them at 99p in my local store - i feel cheated i paid £1.99 for my first one :lol:
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  • Garmin 305 is excellent! Just a quick question though mine has started rattling, anyone else had a similar experience?
  • @ride_whenever and feel

    Good suggestions. Thanks.

    The sensor is already pretty close to the top of the fork and the magnet reasonably close to the outside of the wheel (to the extent that a friend with a wired Strada felt moved to comment earlier this week). The magnet also goes passes to the top of the sensor (as there is a little notch indicating that it should be there rather than in the centre).

    I'll dig out my little electrical tester gadget tonight and check the batteries - I suspect you could be right that there is a duff battery in the sensor. I'll also see if there is any scope to move it further up the fork.

    If not, Aldi here I come. :lol:
    Never be tempted to race against a Barclays Cycle Hire bike. If you do, there are only two outcomes. Of these, by far the better is that you now have the scalp of a Boris Bike.
  • It could be that the sensor and magnet are too far up the fork - the distance between the fork and spokes is obviously greater closer to the rim. Experiment with moving it further DOWN the fork, to bring magnet and sensor closer together. On my MTB, the magnet only just misses the sensor.

    I'm pretty sure that when you spin the front wheel, you should hear a slight click from the sensor as the magnet passes it. Lift the front wheel and have a listen.
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  • duckson
    duckson Posts: 961
    littleandy is correct, mine is quite far down the fork and the magnet/sensor click as they pass each other...i think in the instructions it says a max gap of 5mm between sensor and magnet.
    Cheers, Stu
  • incog24
    incog24 Posts: 549
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  • I got one of those Lidl 'puters with HRM but I noticed last weekend when I put on the front light the screen went blank! some kinda electricinterference I assume but don't see any way to sort this as I cant really shift the poition of light or the 'puter screen. any suggestions other than the obvious...cycle in the dark!!!
  • Tony666
    Tony666 Posts: 274
    Garmin Edge 305 here too. Brilliant for keeping a traiing record and racing yourself
  • DW01
    DW01 Posts: 66
    Redpudding wrote:
    I got one of those Lidl 'puters with HRM but I noticed last weekend when I put on the front light the screen went blank! some kinda electricinterference I assume but don't see any way to sort this as I cant really shift the poition of light or the 'puter screen. any suggestions other than the obvious...cycle in the dark!!!

    Redpudding, did you find that the hrm part of it worked? i bought one the other day and its brilliant apart from that which i just couldn't get working... Any ideas or tips?
  • neeb
    neeb Posts: 4,467
    I've just fitted a cateye strada wireless to a second bike because I liked the one on my first bike so much. So far I have had no problems at all with interference or failing to pick up the signal from the sensor, which is more than can be said for my old Sigma wireless... It has all the basic features and no clutter (speed in big digits, plus smaller display that cycles through distance, time, trip distance, average speed, clock, odo), and only one big button so you don''t need to remember which one to press. Also both the computer and the sensor are nice and compact.

    Unless you need extra features, don't get a computer that has them - it just makes it more difficult and fiddly to find the ones you need.
  • feel
    feel Posts: 800
    DW01 wrote:
    Redpudding wrote:
    I got one of those Lidl 'puters with HRM but I noticed last weekend when I put on the front light the screen went blank! some kinda electricinterference I assume but don't see any way to sort this as I cant really shift the poition of light or the 'puter screen. any suggestions other than the obvious...cycle in the dark!!!

    Redpudding, did you find that the hrm part of it worked? i bought one the other day and its brilliant apart from that which i just couldn't get working... Any ideas or tips?

    If the HRM is a belt you wear around your chest you may well have to wet the contact area a bit to improve the conductivity .
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