/ Cycle computors.
All being well, i'll be looking to invest in a better bike computor so looking for recommendations whilst sticking to a budget. The follow would be requirments:
-normal stuff e.g. distance, avg. speed etc
-heart rate system (preferable).
-hard wearing, reliable is a must.
-would be an advantage if i could download routes to a PC. e.g. like Garmin ones.
Not looking to spend a fortune!! So sensible money please.
Depends what you mean by sensible money - you don't specify a budget. Things like the cadence sensor and HRM add money as they are the features that manufacturers use to sell the higher priced models.
About the cheapest I can find is this - http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cateye-stealth-50-gps-with-hr-and-speedcadance-sensor/ Can't vouch for how good it is though I've used Cateye cycle computers before but not GPS ones.
Less than £150 ideally. Would consider good condition second hand as well.
Thanks for the link, will research some reviews etc!
I've never understood why you need a cadence sensor.
Mainly, because I'm new to serious riding- I find it difficult to gauge my cadence...I think I should be upping it a little but I find it difficult to tell. Mind you I fear that I may just end up never looking at it after a season or so.
That leads to a different question...I have a watch with a HR system and a bike computer with basic functions. Strava on my iphone to download rides..
Is it worth upgrading?
What is your HR watch? many of the Garmin ones will connect to ant+ wheel/cadence sensors
It's not a Garmin one, it's a timex triathlon.
Unless there's a rule that says what your cadence should be, just do what suits you. In fact, just do what suits you anyway.
I can only find a ironman model -presumably yours is an older model? Check the specs for it thoiugh, as a lot of the ironman ones festure ant+ in which case you just need a sensor
Ah, I wasn't aware of that! I'll have a look at the booklet and see!
If you are looking for something that will help you take your riding to the next level then get a garmin 500 (not the more expensive 510).
These can be picked up 2nd hand really cheaply.
When combined with strava/garminconnect analysis this will give you all the tools you need to really improve.
Garmin may be more expensive than other brands but there is a reason for. Without doubt the best performance upgrade you could make to a half decent bike (better than wheels in my opinion).
Bryton Rider 40. The computer is about £130. It works of GPS and will pick up data from any ant sensors ie HRM and cadence. You can get an ant HRM strap for around £25 and the same for a cadence transmitter.
I've been running one for about 3 years in all weathers and it's been great. The best thing about this type of monitor, for me is that it can swop quickly and easily between any bike. You can either purchase extra mounting kits or just swop the original over. Which takes about a minute. I use the same computer on my commuting bike, road bike (winter and summer bikes) and mountain bike.
You can upload all the routes and my only complaint it that the website could be better.
Hope this is of some help
Garmin 500 seconded
Agree about the website but there's other software I use SportTracks
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