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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:16 pm 
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Anyone recommend a cycle computer?
Not too much but not cheap crap either, just something that does it's job.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:01 pm 
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I have a Topeak Panoram V12 in a box somewhere. I bought it because I wanted a fancy wireless speedo at a good price. Avoid for 4 reasons :

1 ) You have to manually wake it up (Cateye etc go out of sleep as soon as the magnet passes the sensor), otherwise it won't register anything.
2 ) The controls are bad. Buttons don't do what you expect them to do, weird combinations, you need to learn a lot of those to do simple tasks like resetting trip meters etc.
3 ) If you have any LED or Halogen light, forget about reading your speed when it's dusk or dark. The second you turn on the light, the main unit doesn't receive the sensor signals anymore
4 ) The distance between sensor and main unit needs to be less than 45cm (1.5ft), which doesn't leave you with to many options even with just 100mm of travel. Forget about nicely hiding it somewhere near the axle, On my Schmolke I had to mount the sensor right near the rims to get a decent signal.

As for wireless in general : Keep in mind that with most models you'll need to check the magnet's position every single time you park the bike somewhere.
If it's too close to the sensor, the latter will pick up the magnetic field and transmit a continuus signal. That can drain the sensor's batteries pretty quickly.

As for me, I'm currently looking for retro wired computers, preferrably NOS Cateye Mity2 or Mity3. You just can't beat those things for simplicity and reliability.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:15 pm 
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Just buy a Garmin Edge 200, £87.99 from Halfords at mo. I've used wired & wireless normal speedo's and these Garmins are certainly worth the little extra over a normal computer. No wires, no setup, just stick it on your bike and ride, plus you can create routes and just go explore knowing it will show you the way home if you get lost.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:17 pm 
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Thanks for the very helpful replies Raging Bulls and Jaz, I will have a think.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:39 pm 
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Got this virtually new Pro Scio W 2.1
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:55 pm 
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How does all that fit to the fork r7ctr?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:13 pm 
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Standard handle bar mount & just zip tie to fork leg, my lefty fork mount is in the picture.
Sorry for the confusion :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:24 pm 
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Will be hanging onto this one for a bit longer.
My mate gave me a proper metal magnet that actually goes on the spoke without moving at all.
Re-calibrated it just to be sure too.

Will still need one for other bike at some point.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:12 pm 
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Id recommend something that works off GPS. I use a Garmin Forerunner for running and biking. On the bike I strap it round a small strip of foam pipe insulation round the bars. It's great.


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