Do you wear a watch whilst cycling?

by londonplayer   January 10, 2013  

Just wondering what the done thing is. Should you wear a watch or not?

I personally don't because I find it a nuisance whilst getting changed into and out of kit. Also, if you fall off, it will probably get smashed.

What does everyone else do?

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For me a watch is a way to tell it's the weekend (can't wear one for work). So I tend to wear one then.

Casio do excellent simple digital ones, that aren't dinner plate sized. (Honestly, who suits thouse things? Bouncers?).

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posted by PJ McNally [559 posts]
10th January 2013 - 17:42

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PJ McNally wrote:
For me a watch is a way to tell it's the weekend (can't wear one for work). So I tend to wear one then.

Casio do excellent simple digital ones, that aren't dinner plate sized. (Honestly, who suits thouse things? Bouncers?).

I've got one of the classic black Casio ones.. but they only suit a certain image if you're going to wear one day to day-> although obviously its fine if you're just wearing it for cycling... wouldn't wear one with arm warmers though... or when racing.

posted by ALIHISGREAT [109 posts]
10th January 2013 - 17:47

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I don't wear one when road riding but off-road I wear a Timex ironman.

posted by Super Domestique [1504 posts]
10th January 2013 - 17:51

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I stopped wearing a watch because when riding I found that it jiggled around on my wrist, which was annoying.

And now that I have a cycle computer with GPS time, I don't need a watch.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1300 posts]
10th January 2013 - 18:11

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I used to wear one with a HRM but have changed to a GPS unit so don't have to anymore. Back to the question its a personal choice i don't know of anyone who would give you grief either way. The weight saving nuts might have something else to say on the matter though Wink

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posted by cidermart [446 posts]
10th January 2013 - 18:12

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Dont wear a watch period...time on my garmin and mobile...have a few dress watches for weddings etc...

posted by NeilXDavis [97 posts]
10th January 2013 - 18:16

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I don't carry any form of time keeping while me at any time. I don't have a phone or watch.

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posted by Gkam84 [8132 posts]
10th January 2013 - 19:44

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No. Although I have changed the settings on the Garmin so that all it displays is the time. It was taking the fun out of it for me constantly stat watching, cycling much more enjoyable at the mo

posted by lazyusername [140 posts]
10th January 2013 - 20:30

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No as they make my wrists sweaty and rub on the bars.
However I was out for a ride today and I had to estimate what the time was as I needed to be home so I could go to work.

Garmin Edge 200 annoyingly doesn't display the time when in Ride mode. I have already sent Garmin a suggestion to include in one of their updates. Don't think anything will come of it tho.

posted by Marauder [235 posts]
10th January 2013 - 21:13

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Used to until I had an off and smashed it. Always leave the watch behind now.

Rob

posted by robert.brady [142 posts]
10th January 2013 - 21:56

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I never have worn one when cycling, like a lot of other people, have the time on my Garmin.

Apart from anything else, doesn't it get mixed up in armwarmers?

Shifting must get annoying as well, if your watch slides too far down you arm and starts digging in.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1725 posts]
10th January 2013 - 22:51

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Timex indiglo. Had it for years and its seen me through numerous fights, chases and car crashes without losing a second. Its now battered and worn but still a great watch for £29.99p.

I wear it all the time when out and about on my bike.

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2425 posts]
10th January 2013 - 23:03

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PJ McNally wrote:
For me a watch is a way to tell it's the weekend (can't wear one for work). So I tend to wear one then.

What do you do? Stick you hand up cows backsides?

I still wear my watch to cycle. I don't have garmin/GPS but I do have a computer that times my forward motion but I have routes that go down gravel tracks that I have to deduct from my road time. And anyway I find it is a bit unfair when a light changes in front of me when I am going down hill at 40kph and have to pull up. Stop the clock and a little trim off the time to accelerate is still not as fast as an all green run.
Having a watch gives me just a bit more information about my efforts given I have to share the road with traffic. Also I don't have to touch the computer to check my time, just look at my wrist and keep the computer on average speed.

David Bowie agrees with me

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posted by bikeboy76 [1046 posts]
11th January 2013 - 1:37

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those silicone band ones (Breo?) are quite good for cycling / sports, cheap, waterproof, pretty smash proof

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posted by joemmo [691 posts]
11th January 2013 - 10:13

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stumps wrote:
Timex indiglo. Had it for years and its seen me through numerous fights, chases and car crashes without losing a second.

If we didn't all know what you do for a living, that comment would be quite worrying! Big Grin

Book 'em Danno.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
11th January 2013 - 10:44

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"Just wondering what the done thing is."

There is no 'done thing', you make a choice.

Haven't worn a watch for about 25 years after mine was nicked from swimming pool changing room. Didn't really miss it after a few days - I'd got over the novelty of the chime on the hour and the stopwatch having 100ths of a second by then. I have clocks in the house, in the car and at work so don't need one. I really like not being reminded of the time or having a phone while riding. I don't understand why people want to be contactable 24 hours a day, instantly know the football scores or the weather in Cyprus.

The only occasion I find a timepiece useful is at when warming up for a time trial so I don't miss my start slot (AKA "doing a Delgado) so I have a small computer on my race bike.

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posted by Simon E [1775 posts]
11th January 2013 - 11:17

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Like others I don't wear a watch whilst cycling I'm out on the bike to enjoy the experience not worry about the time of day.

But if you do need to know it's 14:03 in the middle of your ride but your worried you might fall and break it you could just attach it to the bars (I used to do this with a hrm watch thingy)

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [481 posts]
11th January 2013 - 11:55

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notfastenough wrote:
stumps wrote:
Timex indiglo. Had it for years and its seen me through numerous fights, chases and car crashes without losing a second.

If we didn't all know what you do for a living, that comment would be quite worrying! Big Grin

Book 'em Danno.

Who said i wear it for work Wink Wink

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2425 posts]
11th January 2013 - 16:30

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Brilliant Stumps. I've the same watch and has taken a heap of abuse. Can't say it's been as colouful as you mind.

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posted by giff77 [957 posts]
11th January 2013 - 18:18

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Conversely I wore my Polar HRM everywhere I went for 12 years, although I went through about 6 or 7 different models in that time. No I didn't wear the strap unless I was training!

Only just started wearing proper watches again in the last 6 years which I find quite a luxury. I don't wear a watch on the bike though although maybe I should as I have "done a Delgado". Blushing

I use a Garmin Forerunner 310XT on the bike and would probably wear it as a watch too if I didn't have to recharge it every couple of days.

Sq

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posted by Squiggle [411 posts]
12th January 2013 - 1:35

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My watch is cursed.

I like watches and have several for work and casual wear. Including an old but nice Citizen dive watch.

I've only worn it a handful of times on the bike - usually because I needed it for something else afterwards like swimming - and twice I have crashed with it, causing the bezel and glass to be scratched.

It's sitting upstairs now waiting for another visit to be repaired, and I swear this time I will never wear it, or any other watch, on the bike.

Is it about a bicycle ?

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posted by abudhabiChris [469 posts]
12th January 2013 - 9:45

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Hi All,
allthough it probably wouldn't be approved by the cycling 'fashion gurus', on my commuter (where knowing time is important to me) I have a stem captain. Had it for years now and as the names suggests it replaces your stem cap. Other than time changes due to summer/winter time I have never changed the battery and keeps cracking time.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/StemCAPtain-Clock-Black-Base-Headset-Top-Cap-/...
There was a UK seller, but doesn't appear any more.
Good bit of kit though.

Regards,

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [346 posts]
12th January 2013 - 10:56

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