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Computer with a light

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 1 Oct 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ...for night riding. I cant see how slow I am riding:biggrin:

    I only have a cateye velo 5 and was thinking of getting a better one anyway. Which good ones have a light on them so i can read the display at night?
     
  2. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    I think the Cateye CD300 is backlit.

    Alternatively try and find a Sigma Sport Computer Light - they bar mount and illuminate your existing computer. Not sure where to get them in the UK, but I'm sure you can track one down or order from abroad.
     
  3. The cateye micro wireless has a back light, no idea how good it is though i've never used it
     
  4. Rob S

    Rob S New Member

    Location:
    Plymouth
    Your best bet is to get a Sigma computer light and then whatever computer you want will be lit at night....only about £6.99 including battery.
     
  5. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    See this from Geargurl.
    Might be of interest.
     
  6. Slim

    Slim Über Member

    Location:
    Plough Lane
    The Trelock range have a couple with backlights. Not sure if they're any good.

    Just started another thread to see if anyone's tried them.
     
  7. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    You might want to think of wearing aheadtorch, which then doubles up as a very handy way of seeing if you have to stop for mechanicals in the dark. I have used the same Petzl headtorch for the past 2 years and only replaced the batteries twice. And I ride a lot in the dark, so as to not frighten the children :biggrin:
     
  8. mikeitup

    mikeitup Senior Member

    Location:
    Walsall

    I have a Cateye Micro Wireless w/ a backlight on it. Stays on for about 10 secs.
    works fine. Am happy with it. £25 off ebay.
     
  9. Membrane

    Membrane New Member

    Both my Bikemate/Aldi computers (one wired, one wireless + HRM) have a backlight. Backlight is murder on the battery, I don't think you'll be able to find one where you can have the backlight on constantly. On my computers you have to press a button for 2 seconds, the backlight then comes on for a few seconds before it switches off again.
     
  10. girofan

    girofan New Member

    Yes, BTFB, the backlight on a computer drain the battery quicker than John Prescott can down a pint. If you do buy one either always carry a spare battery or alternatively, use sparingly.
     
  11. PatrickPending

    PatrickPending Veteran

    Location:
    Leicester
    I bought a blackburn delphi 5.0 and 6.0 for 2 bikes I have, both have backlights, but as I never seem to ride these particular bikes in the dark I've never used them in anger
     
  12. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Try a head torch...
     
  13. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    As an aternative with a difference...for you guys that love to play with something completely different.
    Ex colleague of mine had a fibre optic cable running from his rear light to the computer.
    Three advantages.
    No battery drain.
    Computers lit all the time the lights on.
    You have an indication that your rear light is actually on.

    Its quite easy to do and ony needs a few tyraps to fix it in place.

    The downside..he drilled a hole in the light to point the F/optic cable at the LED (for maximum light) then sealed the hole with some clear silicone. Some would not want to do this....
    A simple wire bracket was made to point the pointy end of the cable at the computer, f/o cable affixed to the bracket with tyraps.

    Its possible to do it with the front light....maybe better that way.

    It sounds a bit heath robinson, but he did a damn good job of it. Very effective.
     
  14. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    I like that idea, Heath and Robinson are my middle names !!
     
  15. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Or Charles Kennedy a bottle of Laphroiag !!