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Cycling Computers

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Renard, 7 Oct 2007.

  1. Renard

    Renard Guest

  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i think it's just a case of you either like them or you don't. i do, but there are other cyclists i know who don't; and it does not demarcate the best cyclists from the worst.
  3. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Over the Hill
    Depends how you use them.

    I can go out for a training ride and keep an eye on the numbers cos I'm trying to achieve speed or something.

    Equally I can go out for a ride and not bother about the numbers at all.

    I do like to know how many miles at the end of any ride tho'.
  4. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    mine is faulty again and I miss it.

    I usually have it set so I can only see the distance covered and my current speed. I ride loops so I need to know th edistance when to turn back home before I collapse!
  5. longers

    longers Veteran

    I agree with you entirely Ivancarlos. I've still got one on each bike but when they are broke or needing new batteries I have some very enjoyable rides.
    More enjoying the moment than analysing everything to death.
    My main reason for a computer is an interest in distances covered than av speeds though.
  6. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    I'm with twentysix by twentyfive. When I'm just cruising around I can have a really enjoyable ride without looking at it.
    When I'm going for speed though, it can become an epic battle with the numbers. And they always win:angry:
  7. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Mines broke, and i havent got round to replacing it yet, i think i will wait till i get a new bike.
    But i'm not really missing it, i still put it on so i can see the time, but thats about it.
    I do want to see what my average speeds are because i think i have got faster, and how long it has taken me to do the miles i did, but thats about it.
  8. Membrane

    Membrane New Member

    I have 2 computers on the bike, one that also has a heart rate monitor. During a ride I rarely watch its display, I have the HRM set to sound an audible alarm for when I cross into the VO2max zone. I like to alternate shorter rides where I push into VO2Max and longer rides where I want to stay below VO2Max.

    I use the other features after the ride to see how I've done, max speed, average speed, average HR, max HR, trip distance etc. I find the trends useful to monitor my fitness level (lack of more likely).

    The other computer is set up as a cadence meter, that one I glance at frequently. I use it to determine when to shift gear.
  9. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Over the Hill
    I'm collecting tokens fron Corn Flakes packets. Collect 3 and you can get a computer for the price of an envelope and a stamp :biggrin:

    Well they'll do on the kids bikes :biggrin::biggrin:
  10. KitsuneAndy

    KitsuneAndy New Member

    I have one, but it's only really any good to keep track of distance as it doesn't have a timer facility or an average speed. Half tempted to upgrade to one that does so that I can see how I'm improving.
  11. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Before I got it (comp.) it wasn;t such a deal but endeed up with one...

    Now its always on the Average speed + Current spped as i don't like seeing how far I've gone or time I've been out or the actual time itself for some reason :biggrin:

    They're mainly an end of ride thing or maybe to check out how fast yuou were going at a specific point, just after, a happening or such like.

    I've a HRM - which I only use every so often as the bugger seems to display stupid figures = need new batts. !
  12. I know what you mean. I like to keep mine on the 'clock', enjoy the ride and check out the stats later.
  13. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Rode for 4 years without one succumbed when I went to the dark side, like to keep an eye on speed whilst out other stats go in training diary after ride. Starting to think about getting a heart rate monitor now.