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Computer advice...

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by TimC, 14 Apr 2008.

  1. TimC

    TimC New Member

    Location:
    Leeds
    Hi, I'm looking for an easy to use computer which will give heart rate and cadence.

    Please could anyone give any recommendations and/or the various pros and cons of wires vs wireless?

    Hope some of you kind people can help.

    Cheers
    Tim
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I'd avoid wireless personally. There are more batteries involved, and they're less reliable than wired.
     
  3. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    seconded. i've heard horror stories about sigma's wireless range, but i find the wired ones very good.
     
  4. TimC

    TimC New Member

    Location:
    Leeds
    Thanks for the advice!

    Are there any particular makes/models that anyone would recommend?
     
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    sigma bc1606L, but only 'cos it'sthe only one with backlight and that's wired.
    Not incredibly reliable, I've had one bust but sent it back to sigma and they sent me a new one, didn't quibble.
     
  6. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    The 1606L doesn't have an HRM though Bonj. (Does do Cadence though).

    Sigma's BC1706 and 2006 wireless computers do have an HRM function but don't do cadence (see comparison table here.


    I have a BC1606L myself - very pleased with it, used it in all weathers since January, and it's still going.
     
  7. peterdowning

    peterdowning Senior Member

    Location:
    Leicestershire
    Never used a wired cycle computer so as far as I'm concerned there are no problems with wireless ;) Honestly. Maybe I've been lucky? And all those wires really spoil the look of your bike .

    I currently use an Edge 305 which had an HRM out of the box and then got the cadence accessory. It's easy to use for ride metrics and also has GPS for route recording/navigation (which can be as easy or complicated as you want it to be.)

    Prior to that, I used a Polar CS200CAD. No GPS but... Excellent bit of kit. Wireless. Reliable. Easy to use. Uploaded ride metrics to the polarpersonaltrainer website via the microphone on my pc no problem.
     
  8. I've not had a problem with wireless either. I've just got an Edge too and it seems like a good piece of kit. Ive used it mostly so far for recording the HR, Ive got the cadence sensor too but that's fitted to my better bike and I've only used it once. I've not navigated with it so far.
     
  9. mr_hippo

    mr_hippo Living Legend & Old Fart

    Have you looked at the Cateye V3:-
    Current speed, cadence, heart rate
    Average speed, cadence, heart rate
    Maximum speed, cadence, heart rate
    Calorie consumption
    Countdown distance
    Timer
    Lap time, distance, average speed, number
    Distance
    Odometer
    Total time, clock & date
     
  10. peterdowning

    peterdowning Senior Member

    Location:
    Leicestershire
    Weather still bad up there then? ;)
     
  11. Very changeable, just now its very nice but guaranteed, sod's law, when I go for a walk at lunch time, it'll start pouring.
     
  12. Lardyboy

    Lardyboy New Member

    Tim, how much are you prepared to pay for a 'pute? HRM + cadence doesn't come that cheap.
     
  13. TimC

    TimC New Member

    Location:
    Leeds
    I'm looking for one for me and another as a present for my dad, who has just got into cycling, and it's his 60th bday coming up. I'd be looking at around the £100 mark for him - so the Polar CS200 looks pretty good.

    I'm on a tighter budget fo myself so I reckon I'll make do without the HRM and spend around £20...
     
  14. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Keep an eye on this yonug lady's items;

    http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQsassZgeargurl

    Great prices and service - I got my bike comp (mentioned earlier in the thread) for £15 all in...
     
  15. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    picked up a Delphi4 in LBS yesterday, I realise now I meant to bike a new lock but couldn't remember so bought a comp

    wireless but seemingly wired cadence which is novel, mixed reviews (some say not qwaterproof), £34, seen it for about £27 online, and one place for £17!