For the cyclists in here, bike computer advice

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by hallux, May 26, 2013.

  1. hallux macrumors 68020

    hallux

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    I'm moving from a mountain bike to a road bike. I currently have a GT Tequesta bought around 1995 and I'm looking at a Trek 1.1, my goal is primarily fitness and weight loss.

    I'm looking at a new bike computer. I have a Garmin Forerunner 110 for GPS tracking but want a computer for real-time monitoring. I have my eye on the Cateye Strada wireless series, debating between the single and double (double adds cadence which I don't need but might want the chainstay-mount if I pick up an indoor trainer for the winter).

    Are there other computers I should consider?
     
  2. Xplicit iPhone macrumors newbie

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    While I will not be answering your question, I would like to ask why did you sell your mtb?
     
  3. hallux thread starter macrumors 68020

    hallux

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    I haven't, yet, and may not. I just felt like I'd be able to ride further on a road-oriented bike. On top of that, the bike was 15 years old and was bought while I was still a teenager so I felt a bike sized better for my current self would also help with that.

    Bought the new bike yesterday, a Trek 1.1, but only really had time for a short jaunt yesterday due to weather coming in.
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    if you use an iphone, there are a plethora of nice bike tracking apps

    Just get a case and a bike mounted holder
     
  5. dejo Moderator

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    I've tried the iPhone in a bike holder thing. Wasn't for me. Too much drain on the battery and too much glare from the holder. I now use a Garmin Edge 500. Gives me speed/cadence as well as heart-rate monitor. I've thought about going to the Edge 510 (with live tracking, i.e. others can track you as you ride on the web) but it's not the best-reviewed. Any questions? Shoot!
     
  6. Xavier macrumors 68020

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    Garmin Edge 500 with cadence/speed sensor.

    Decent amount of money but worth it in the end.
     
  7. ben123456 macrumors regular

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    I just got the Joule by CycleOps and love it. It also comes with a year MVP membership on map ride.com and app. Haven't had a whole lot of time with it but so far so good
     
  8. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Brand new cyclist, so take it for what it is worth, but with my new road bike, I purchased Sigma's BC 1609 computer. I knew I wanted something with cadence, because, as a new rider, I would otherwise have really no idea how fast or slow I was spinning, and this model had great reviews on Amazon (not that Amazon is the be-all/end-all of reviews, but in general they get it right) for less than $30.

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    I'll be happy with this for a long time...until I'm so into biking that I need something with GPS capability.

    In addition to this small computer, I also have Strava running on my phone in either my saddle bag or my jersey pocket.
     
  9. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    I have a CatEye Mity 8. I don't think they make it anymore, but it's a basic wired computer with 8 functions. No cadence, no GPS, no calorie count, heart rate, etc. All I need it for is current and average speed, and odometer. I just ride for fitness, I don't care what cadence I'm at I just pedal what seems comfortable, and I can feel my heartbeat just fine on my own. I like going fast and I like pushing myself so the speeds are important. And it's good to know how many miles are on the bike.

    Looks like their Velo 7 is their current, equivalent product.

    Then to record my rides, I use an app called Strava on my iPhone. I just launch it, hit start, then lock the phone and put it in my jersey pocket. It uses the GPS. When I get back I can check out my route, my speed, elevation changes, elapsed time... And I can shame myself by seeing how long its been since my last ride!
     
  10. hallux thread starter macrumors 68020

    hallux

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    Thanks. I was leaning toward a Cateye Strada Wireless, will have to look at the ones mentioned here.

    As noted, I have a ForeRunner 110 GPS watch for recording the track for upload to Runkeeper. I have an Android phone and have found (after only a couple workouts with the watch) that the phone really wasn't that great as far as accuracy. I'm not looking for "iPhone would be SOO much better" posts, the phone I have is GREAT for navigation, just not for tracking walking/biking.

    I agree with the glare concerns having the phone on the handlebars, can't use the thing for EVERYTHING. In fact, I have a handlebar mount for my phone on my MTB.
     

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