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Cycle Computers - simple to complex

English JohnEnglish John Posts: 36
edited June 2013 in Road buying advice
I want a new Bike computer , and have used a Cateye velo wireless , which is a really good simple computer

What I would like to know are your thoughts on the good examples of ones with added features.
I'm interested in wireless, which can be easily removed from the bike, and how long batteries last , and typical cost

So this is the list , as the functions increase

A good Wireless one with Cadence

A good Wireless one with Cadence and heart rate

A good Wireless one with Cadence and heart rate , altitude

A good Wireless one with Cadence and heart rate , altitude , can upload a route for directions

A good Wireless one with Cadence and heart rate , altitude , can upload a route for directions , can download easily the results into own PC, and put onto one of the web communities

If anyone has recommendations based on what they use - let us all know. We may end up with a good list at each price point - If this is covered on another thread please advise

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  • markhewitt1978markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614
    A lot is down to personal preference?

    e.g. My cycle computer (Cateye Commuter) permanently displays the time and temperature as well as the usual speed / distance / duration etc. I find knowing the time far more useful than knowing my cadence, but others would have the opposite view!
  • redscouseredscouse Posts: 157
    sony experia s mounted on front of bike with one of these..http://www.ibikeconsole.com/catalog.asp?catid=88182

    and ipbike android app...https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... bike&hl=en

    does the garmin lot...speed and cadence on the back of the bike ANT+...heart rate ..gps tracking map upload and power ..interval training...check it out and the reviews

    the key thing is the sony experia s has an inbuilt ant+ chip...the only one available in UK...phone performance is adequate as good as an early iphone...and i used it for 9 hrs on sunday tracking my ride on the L2B, before battery died
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  • epo rocks!epo rocks! Posts: 12
    Mio Cyclo 305 HC.

    Brilliant computer, easy to use, cant go wrong.
  • t4tomot4tomo Posts: 2,643
    if you want low cost high functionality then have a read of this thread

    http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40042&t=12905757

    its similar functionality to garmin 500 but £110 incl cadence sensor (but not Heart rate monitor - but any ant+ one will hook upto it).

    you can completely choose what displays on upto 4 pages of data you can vieew whilst riding.

    Interface to strav etc isn't as slick a garmin, you have to go via their software, and the instructions are censored . but there is an online forum which answers most questions. I aren't that tech minded and I got it set up and working
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  • StillGoingStillGoing Posts: 5,209
    Garmin. Anyone who goes otherwise is only fooling themselves.
    I ride a bike. Doesn't make me green or a tree hugger. I drive a car too.
  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 16,015
    philthy3 wrote:
    Garmin. Anyone who goes otherwise is only fooling themselves.

    = uninformed comment.

    Brytons are fine - probably 20000 Bryton logged miles for me and perfectly happy. Better than Garmin in some ways, worse in others. It evens out. Much cheaper and more tasteful looking (no nasty fake cf printing for a start!).

    I'm sure some of the other options are fine as well. The people who buy Holux always seem very happy with what they've got.

    Not sure about t4tomos unit - to me it looks vast but if it does what it needs to at a good price then fine. It's not as though any of these units aren't flawed in some way at the moment.
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