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Recommendations for a new cycle computer
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posted 9/4/2019
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I would like a new cycle computer. I have done some searching on-line but I think I am confused about what some of the terms mean in the descriptions.

These are the characteristics I would like it to have:

Handle 2 bikes including being able to set the tire diameter for each bike
Have settable odometers for both bikes and for lifetime mileage
Be waterproof to the extent it works in the rain
Auto start and stop when the bike and I do
Have a trip timer and average speed for each ride (doesn't need to store that information)
Have a backlight
Be able to display current speed (with comparison to average), elapsed ride time and one other line of data through which I can scroll additional data including; time of day, average speed, bike odometer, lifetime odometer, temperature, maximum speed

I would prefer a wired computer but would accept wireless.

I haven't been able to find a cycle computer that I could tell had all of these features.

I am looking for recommendations.

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posted 9/4/2019
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Are you ruling out a GPS device? Because my Garmin 500 does all that and more. Well, I'm not sure about the backlight; but for sure everything else along with elevation and a few dozen functions I've never even explored.

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posted 9/4/2019
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Once I went to a gps unit, I would never go back to a wired unit. I use the same unit on all my bikes. No magnets or programming to get the speed and distance correct, and like blazing pedals said, there are functions that Iíll never use.

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I have two Garmins. They are horrible at the start and stop conditions I ride in in the city so no, a GPS unit is not a good answer.

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posted 9/4/2019
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I use this www.amazon.com/CAT-EYE-Wired-Computer-Black/dp/B007YV1GFQ/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=cateye+bike+computer&qid=1567646246&s=gateway&sr=8-6 Once you get it set up correctly with the correct wheel circumference, it is very accurate.

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posted 9/5/2019
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I use a Cateye Mity 8, which has the same features as the one posted above by GWM. Mine is 10+ years old, which explains why I don't see it listed on Amazon. It is still flawless. These two wired Cateye lack temperature and backlight, but have the other features you listed. The Velo 9 has calories burned and a "carbon offset" feature (??) that are not included on my Mity 8.

I have used the two tire settings for my Surly Troll bike, because I have a spare set of wheels that have larger knobby off road tires. The different tire size settings both record accurate distances. One of the two settings is more accurate for slower, off road speeds.
post edited on 9/5/2019 at 12:53:04 AM

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I was looking at the Cateye Velo9 both on Amazon and the Cateye site itself. I couldn't tell if it tracks two bikes separately and has a lifetime miles total for the rider. I tried to get to the owner's manual but the url listed on the Cateye website isn't valid.

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I was looking at the Cateye Velo9 both on Amazon and the Cateye site itself. I couldn't tell if it tracks two bikes separately and has a lifetime miles total for the rider. I tried to get to the owner's manual but the url listed on the Cateye website isn't valid.
-- posted by Redsfan
www.cateye.com/intl/products/computers/CC-VL820/ Manual does not show a way to select an additional tire size.

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posted 9/5/2019
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I'm using a VDO M5 wireless model with a cadence counter and like it. It will fit most of your specs and there is an optional heart rate monitor unit if you like that www.cycleparts.de/en/products/m5.html

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posted 9/5/2019
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I have two Garmins. They are horrible at the start and stop conditions I ride in in the city so no, a GPS unit is not a good answer.
-- posted by Redsfan
If you use a wheel speed sensor (wireless), you may resolve your issues with "horrible at the start and stop conditions." Tall buildings and park tree canopies can cause havoc with GPS reception. Wheels speed sensors fill in for that short coming.

And with a GPS computer in open area not influenced by buildings and trees, the head unit can auto calibrate the wheel circumference.

I like my Garmin bike computer. I currently have an Edge 820.
post edited on 9/5/2019 at 4:51:47 PM

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posted 9/5/2019
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Garmin edge 200 was inexpensive, accurate with start and stop riding giving average moving speed, no wheel calibration needed.
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