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Computer recommendations

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Shaun, 29 Aug 2007.

  1. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Staff Member

    New bike, means I'll be looking for a new computer.

    I want wireless (I think wired would spoil the look [vain, I know, but then ...]) and also want cadence too.

    Not sure if I want to be able to download stuff or track my rides with GPS, but if the price isn't too steep I might consider it.

    Come on then, let's have your recommendations ... ;):biggrin:

  2. Road Fiddler

    Road Fiddler New Member

    Is there any advantages having wireless over hardwired? That's not a pop at your question Shaun just wondering if there was any.

    The last time i had a comp on my bike was years ago when i raced, it was a Polaris HRM that you could strap to your bike and recorded speed, cadence and HR, you could upload this info to a PC.

    I am thinking a comp might be useful as i get back into riding and am thinking cadence and average speed and possibly distance are the things that would be most useful.

    I look forward to hearing everyones views.
  3. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

    I like VDO's like the C3 DS (about £32).


    I like the clear screen and the fact that the time is always visible whatever other functions show. They mount on stem or bar. Battery life is about a year, which is good.

    All VDO DS computers can take an optional accessory wireless cadence sensor.

    I have had some recent good service from VDO - they carry a 5 year guarantee, my old (I think a few years older than 5 years) analogue wireless packed up. I sent it back to Germany and less than 2 weeks later they sent me a brand new CS D3!!! Brilliant.

    Cateye are popular, but with another Cateye item I found it almost impossible to get warranty support from Zyro, the UK distributor, so won't buy Cateye now.
  4. OP

    Shaun Founder Staff Member

    Okay, I've narrowed it down to the following:

    • VDO C4-DS + Wireless Cad Sensor
    • Polar CS200cad
    • Cateye V2C Double Wireless

    Anyone got experience with any of these?

  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    I've had wired and wireless. The only advantage of wireless is that they don't have wires. Wired are more reliable and have fewer batteries.
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    You would be mad not to look at the new Garmin Edge computers with built in GPS, they are simply amazing and raise the bar to a whole new level.
  7. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Yes, they are very good. But the 305 (which has cadence and HRM) is expensive compared to the smaller alternatives. You can get them much cheaper from the USA (I paid £79 for a 205), but that's still a lot in comparison.

    And you have the issue of having to turn it on and off all the time and charge it up nightly (if you use it every day) which you don't get with the likes of Cateye and VDO.
  8. OP

    Shaun Founder Staff Member

    I did look at them, and they do look The Biz, but couldn't really justify the price. I think my budget lies somewhere around £100 max.

    It also looks like the Cateye V2C Double is new to market this month, so I'm having a job finding a review of it anywhere.
  9. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    I have got a VDO C4 wired version and I really like it.
  10. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    I've just noticed, as you will if you look over at BR, that garmin have upgraded the Edges. They now come with street mapping!

    The only thing they were missing they now have. Shame they're so expensive.