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Bike computer

Postby tez001 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:01 pm

Hi everyone,

Just joined up to this forum and wanting to get some recommendations for a bike computer. Im getting back into leisure riding, and hopefully once I get my fitness up, I'll move onto a road bike.
Currently, I will be using a older Giant Boulder.

I want to fit a bike computer so I can record distances travelled, time etc and a while back, I bought a cheapie. The problem is the sensor which attaches to the fork is too small in diameter.
Now the computer I got is a few years old (never got around to fitting it) although nowadays, are the wired sensors large enough to fit over the forks with suspension?
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Re: Bike computer

Postby Duck! » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:15 pm

Very few of them these days use a clamp that fully wraps around the fork leg. Generally they'll have a rubber non-slip pad and are just cable-tied into place.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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Re: Bike computer

Postby phineas » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:36 pm

I'd love some suggestions too. I'm a newbie and not sure what I should be looking for.

I'm after something relatively basic that will display cadence and current speed.

I have a Giant Seek (hybrid/urban).


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Re: Bike computer

Postby tez001 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:10 pm

Thanks just browsed a few and your right they no longer use the clamps but more cable ties.
Is there any difference between wired and wireless - apart from $$$
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Re: Bike computer

Postby Duck! » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:20 pm

Despite what the mucketing boffins will tell you, wired systems are more reliable because they're not prone to "spiking" or dropping out due to radio interference from power lines, flashing headlights etc. or "cross-talk" from other computers. Newer wireless models are certainly better than old ones, but they're still not 100% bug-proof. You've also got the extra battery in the sensor/transmitter unit to worry about, and that won't give you any warning when it's dying; at least the head unit will tell you when its battery is running low, because the screen display will fade.

In terms of data calculation they're pretty well the same, and rely on accurate measurement and programming of the wheel size to provide accurate speed & distance readings.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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