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Cycle computers?

sarajoysarajoy Posts: 1,675
edited February 2009 in Commuting chat
How boring, an on-topic post! ;)

Couldn't find an old thread about this so starting afresh.

Not keen on spending too much more than £30, if that's possible...

For that am I able to get a decentish one that measures cadence?
Are the wires a pain?
How long do batteries tend to last?
Do they work OK in wet weather?

Cheers!
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  • Cateye strada cadence...

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Catey ... 360029333/

    it's the cheapest one around (that I could find) that has cadence! I've had no problems with it in wet weather, and the batteries are still going strong! It was a bit of a pain to fit with the wires, but such is life...
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,426
    Cateye strada cadence I think they're about £35.

    I've got the basic wired non cadence one and I really like it the display is massive and it has a lovely click which is important. :D
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  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,426
    Damn you beat me! Post scalped by LiT, typical! :roll:
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  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    edited February 2009
    I was told this was a decent one:

    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/productde ... ATECOMP331

    I've only owned two cycle computers neither are the one above but it's the one I'll most likely be getting next.

    Wires aren't overly a problem but having used wireless, I won't be going back.

    Extreme Cold weather, not rain, is what destroyed my last two computers.

    Not sure about batteries, they use watch batteries, depending on what the computer does depends on how long the battery will last i.e. a simple computer (speed, distance and time) will use up less battery power than a more sophisticated one which has more features and uses memory. - But then this is dependant on whether either has a sleep function which should extend battery life.

    Cadence is more a Jash, Greg66 or CJCP/Littagator question.

    Edit: Well I was nearly there - right make, wrong model I guess... :cry:
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  • Robmanic1Robmanic1 Posts: 2,150
    Have you looked at the Cateye Str..............D'oh!
    Pictures are better than words because some words are big and hard to understand.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3336802663/
  • prawny wrote:
    Damn you beat me! Post scalped by LiT, typical! :roll:

    :lol:

    It's that or swimming at the minute, I have to get my scalps somewhere!
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,426
    My front mech is busted on my roadie and my mtb so you'd have me no probs!

    (although i've seen the gears you were pushing this on t'other thread you'd kill me anyway!) :oops:
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  • sarajoysarajoy Posts: 1,675
    Goodness - what about this:

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.100-6555.aspx ?

    Do you think it lies? Half the price (if not even less) than some of the other wireless /and/ cadency computers.

    Hrrrmm.
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  • Robmanic1Robmanic1 Posts: 2,150
    sarajoy wrote:
    Goodness - what about this:

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.100-6555.aspx ?

    Do you think it lies? Half the price (if not even less) than some of the other wireless /and/ cadency computers.

    Hrrrmm.

    mmmmm, universal gender too!
    Pictures are better than words because some words are big and hard to understand.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3336802663/
  • There's not much that they can lie about. The principal issue with wireless computers is whether they reliably pick up the signal from the cranks/wheel.

    At <£15, what's the downside (other than £15, obviously)?
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  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,426
    Eugh! fugly look at DDD's link it's the one we're all talkin about you can get it in black too, You can put an ugly computer on you're nice swoopy new bke!

    I had a cheapo wireless one from argos 'twas sh1te! Battery needed replacing constantly then it just gave up.
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  • Tesco won't let me look at the cheap cycle comp.... boooooooo... what's it called?
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,426
    Tesco won't let me look at the cheap cycle comp.... boooooooo... what's it called?

    Save your eyes!!!!!!
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  • sarajoysarajoy Posts: 1,675
    It says "Activequipment 17 Function Cycle Computer" but then on the casing it has "ATECH" - interesting...
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  • prawny wrote:
    Tesco won't let me look at the cheap cycle comp.... boooooooo... what's it called?

    Save your eyes!!!!!!

    Well now that's a silly name for a cycle comp.
  • iain_jiain_j Posts: 1,941
    I've got a Cateye Strada but it's not a cadence one. I feel like I'm missing out :D
  • Bought my kids cheap(10 quid) wireless comps last year and they were sh1te too. They worked of for a short while then the buttons started sticking, didn't pickup the wireless signal and finally fell to pieces.

    False economy I'd say :?
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  • Robmanic1Robmanic1 Posts: 2,150
    iain_j wrote:
    I've got a Cateye Strada but it's not a cadence one. I feel like I'm missing out :D

    How can you tell how fast your legs are going?
    Pictures are better than words because some words are big and hard to understand.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3336802663/
  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Does the white wireless Catseye Strada measure cadence as well?

    Sarajoy, much like my now defunct Lidl Cycle Computer - you get what you pay for. Sure for £15 it'll be a blast and may even get 5stars in a review but that's a 5star score for a £15 cycle computer - you get what you pay for. If you can stretch to £15 more I'd just buy the Catseye.
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  • iain_jiain_j Posts: 1,941
    I get by without knowing.
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,426
    iain_j wrote:
    I've got a Cateye Strada but it's not a cadence one. I feel like I'm missing out :D

    Mines not cadence either? is your's wired? we could start a club for people who dont know how fast their legs go.
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  • iain_jiain_j Posts: 1,941
    My first cycle comp was a ten quid thing from Argos. Seven years later it's still going strong - at least it would be if I got my @rse in gear and fixed the bike it's attached to :lol:
  • sarajoysarajoy Posts: 1,675
    Fair enough, sounds like the wired Strada is the way to go :)

    I like geeky information! Plus it's true, I'll put more effort in if I'm trying to keep some numbers in a happy range...

    Currently got just under £100-worth of stuff in my wiggle basket waiting for me to hit 'check out'. Oops.
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  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,426
    I think the cadence one is wireless careful don't buy the wrong one!!
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  • iain_jiain_j Posts: 1,941
    prawny wrote:
    iain_j wrote:
    I've got a Cateye Strada but it's not a cadence one. I feel like I'm missing out :D

    Mines not cadence either? is your's wired? we could start a club for people who dont know how fast their legs go.

    Yes wired. First time I took it out for a ride it kept cutting out - I glanced down at it whilst screaming down a long straight 14% hill and it said I was doing 0mph.
  • Robmanic1Robmanic1 Posts: 2,150
    Cadence is easy;

    Legs blurry=good
    Legs not blurry=bad
    Pictures are better than words because some words are big and hard to understand.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3336802663/
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,426
    edited February 2009
    It's ok the cadence is wired nobody panic!
    iain_j wrote:
    prawny wrote:
    iain_j wrote:
    I've got a Cateye Strada but it's not a cadence one. I feel like I'm missing out :D

    Mines not cadence either? is your's wired? we could start a club for people who dont know how fast their legs go.

    Yes wired. First time I took it out for a ride it kept cutting out - I glanced down at it whilst screaming down a long straight 14% hill and it said I was doing 0mph.

    Maybe you'd gone all the way back round to the beginning? :shock:
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  • prawny wrote:
    iain_j wrote:
    I've got a Cateye Strada but it's not a cadence one. I feel like I'm missing out :D

    Mines not cadence either? is your's wired? we could start a club for people who dont know how fast their legs go.

    Now that's something for you to think about when you are spinning away - either count how many revs you do in 6 sec and multiple by 10 or work out a few key ones for the main gears you use (fixies that's easy), so if you're in a 42x18 speeding a long at 18.5 mph on a 700x25c wheel then you are spinning at 100 rpm and if you are doing only 16.5 then it'll be 90 rpm :D
    SC61.10a: FCN 3, with clip-on guards for winter
    Uncle John: FCN ?? knobblies, or 'fat' slicks n guards

    If you haven't tried these things, you should.
    These things are fun, and fun is good.
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,426
    But when I got above 10 i'd have to take my shoes off and that would throw me right off balance :D
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  • iain_jiain_j Posts: 1,941
    I get hung up on my average speed enough as it is when I'm out on my bike - if I added my cadence I'd get so engrossed in the numbers I'd forget to look where I'm going :lol:
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