Wireless computer with cadence ???

by Sensible   March 10, 2013  

I am after my first cycle computer to put on my Giant TCR Advanced.

I had figured that I wanted wireless, rather than try to run wires around my nice looking bike.

Also thought it would be nice to have cadence displayed as well.

What are good quality, robust and reliable wireless computers on the market today. Want to spend ablot £50-£60

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I was looking for a dedicated cadence device for my bike but had little joy.

Cateye produce a "Strada Cadence" model cycling computer for £40 but I think it's wired.

Cateye tend to be very good devices.

posted by rodsquad [26 posts]
10th March 2013 - 9:34

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Go for the Boardman 22 function wireless computer. Best computer I've ever used by a long way and only £40.

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posted by SpeshRider7287 [75 posts]
10th March 2013 - 10:46

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Its slightly over your budget (about £70 on wiggle) but the cateye strada double wireless sounds like it fits the bill for you. I had one for a while before I upgraded to a Garmin and it was an excellent computer

posted by pirnie [184 posts]
10th March 2013 - 11:57

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I would be interested to know if the Cateye Strada Double wireless works well or not. I like the idea of a single sensor unit on the chainstay that does both speed and cadence.

Anyone used this. Is the signal pickup reliable?

Boardman 22 also sounds good for the price.

posted by Sensible [60 posts]
10th March 2013 - 12:38

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Like I said, I used to have one. Never missed a beat when I was using it, no problems with the wireless signal. I connected it once when I bought it and then never thought about it again!

posted by pirnie [184 posts]
10th March 2013 - 12:44

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Did you buy either 2012 or 2013 tcr advanced bike? If so it comes with sensor built into the chain stays so you just need a computer?

posted by tmr1980 [9 posts]
10th March 2013 - 13:32

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I've got an RSP can't remember model number but was only £40 from wheelies direct e bay clearance shop. Always worth a look for odd bits and bats

posted by crash144019 [47 posts]
10th March 2013 - 16:19

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Go Wired, all the way!

(More reliable, you can cycle under power lines with no problems, fewer batteries to replace / maintain).

My most recent was this VDO c08c
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B000NNR61U/ref=redir_mdp_mobile

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posted by PJ McNally [581 posts]
10th March 2013 - 17:04

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tmr1980 wrote:
Did you buy either 2012 or 2013 tcr advanced bike? If so it comes with sensor built into the chain stays so you just need a computer?

No, I had a good deal on a Giant TCR Advanced 1 ...2011, so no sensor.

posted by Sensible [60 posts]
10th March 2013 - 21:33

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Sensible wrote:
I would be interested to know if the Cateye Strada Double wireless works well or not. I like the idea of a single sensor unit on the chainstay that does both speed and cadence.

Anyone used this. Is the signal pickup reliable?

I've had one for about 3 years now. It works very well and I find having the speed and cadence read out very useful when riding. I've not had a problem with it and have only just had to replace the battery in the rear sensor unit. The instructions are not a model of clarity, but once you've set it up it's easy to do again. Only drawback I can think of is that the distance recorded on the unit is cumulative, so if you want to know how far you've ridden on a particular day, you'd need to know what distance you started on. This doesn't particularly bother me as I borrow my wife's Garmin Forerunner 110 to log the distance each time. I'm thinking of upgrading the Cateye to a Garmin Edge but would transfer the Cateye to the turbo bike.

posted by Sadly Biggins [264 posts]
11th March 2013 - 16:50

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I also had a Double Wireless for about 2 years (until I failed to clip the computer in properly and it got run over...) Never had a problem with the signal pick up at all.

Contary to what the poster above states, you can re-set the distance before / after each outing (you just hold the reset button down)

Only slight issue I had is that the cadence / speed unit would sometimes slip on the chainstay, but this I put down to the irregular shape of mine. If yours are round, or at least fairly round this shouldn't be a problem.

posted by chris75018 [94 posts]
13th March 2013 - 13:33

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I probably should have said that I couldn't be bothered to reset the unit for each ride. Anyway, it's a very good solution if you want to measure speed and cadence and price is not too bad. The wireless version is cheaper, but I have heard complaints that the display sometimes disappears for a short period.

posted by Sadly Biggins [264 posts]
13th March 2013 - 18:19

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Okay, made my choice. Thanks for all the advice.
Decided not to get one with cadence in the end. I figured that I know when I need to change gear. (I know there will be many that say you need it)

I went for a Cateye Strada wirless, £36 ordered on the net (cheapest at Tredz). I will still continue to use my app on my smartphone that gives gps map tracking, but wanted some stats I could see whilst riding.

I liked how small it is and the mounting strap looks easy to fit but secure. Also excellent reviews.

posted by Sensible [60 posts]
13th March 2013 - 19:47

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Good choice on the Strada wireless, it's what i run on mine, just clocked over 1000 miles on it and still no need to change the battery. only annoying thing is is that when the clocks change (is it the good one this time) you have to reset the device, so you're precious odometer will be reset Crying

after a couple of weeks of counselling i got over it.

Great device, i highly recommend it!

posted by Oliver Duffy [15 posts]
16th March 2013 - 13:08

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I have a Boardman but can only get Cadence to work if I put it round frame down tube (whereas it would look much better on chain stay). Good little computer though.

I guess transmission is not strong enough from non-drive chain stay. Sad

posted by veseunr [279 posts]
20th March 2013 - 10:11

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Pretty sure you don't need to reset it to alter the time, think you can just get to it through the settings. I certainly don't remember needing to do it on mine which I had for a couple of years before upgrading to a Garmin.

Still got a wired version on my commuter and don't think I've ever altered the time on that one. I know whether I set off for work at 0700 or 0800 by how many cars there are!

Good choice though as far as the OP is concerned, reliable, neat and simple.

posted by nellybuck@msn.com [156 posts]
20th March 2013 - 10:41

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