Cateye Velo Wireless Plus computer  £34.99

7/10

Well made, user friendly and easy to fit. You're paying extra for some quirky features in addition to the usual.

Weight 48g   Contact  www.zyro.co.uk

by Leonie Jennings   July 31, 2010  

Cateye Velo Wireless Plus cycle computer

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Conceived as an entry-level wireless computer for riders entering the sport either to benefit their health and fitness, or to have a smaller environmental footprint, the Velo Wireless + is a nicely thought through computer with some interesting features.

Designed to be user friendly and easy to operate, the display is large and shows sets of data from just two functions at a time. Scrolling through the functions is easy enough, with a single button in the middle. The Velo Wireless + offers the functions most needed by anyone, with current, average and maximum speed, trip distance, total distance, elapsed time and a 12hr/24hr clock.

In addition to this, the functions that mark it apart from so many other similar computers are calorie consumption and carbon offset. The calorie consumption is an averaged out estimate, since there’s no heart rate monitor or personal data involved. Nonetheless, it’s nice to have a vague notion of how many calories you’re burning on your commute or ride to the shops, and this is, after all, the sector that’s being targeted by Cat Eye with the Velo Wireless +.

The CO2 offset function is a slightly contrived one, especially as most of us have no idea how many kg of CO2 we would expect to produce in our everyday lives anyway. That said, if you’re making an ethical choice to use the car less and the bike more (which has to be a good thing in anyone’s book) it’s quite nice to have a concrete figure for how much CO2 you've NOT generated in the car, to pat yourself on the back with at the end of a working week.

The Velo Wireless + is simple and quick to install, once you’ve figured out the very slightly confusing instructions regarding wheel size settings. There’s a choice to set with a single standard figure, or to be more precise, and the diagram takes some understanding. It locates easily in a simple zip-tie fastened cradle, but in long term use I’d have some doubts about the longevity of the sticky pad helping to secure the cradle to the bar. To maximize its life, avoid removing the unit too often if you can.

In use, it’s straightforward and the sensor pick-up is reliable. There are other cheaper computers on the market, and if you’re not dead set on having the calorie or carbon offset functions, other wireless models, including from Cat Eye, are available for less money. But, as a well built and user-friendly computer with some quirky functions, it’s not a bad price.

Verdict

Well made, user friendly and easy to fit. You're paying extra for some quirky features in addition to the usual.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Cateye Velo Wireless Plus computer

Size tested: n/a

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes. Fun to see calories used and carbon offset.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, if I wanted those functions.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, probably.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 67kg

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,

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oh please. carbon offset?

looks a nice enough piece of kit but that ridiculous gimmick would put me right off buying it.

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posted by jezzzer [339 posts]
31st July 2010 - 7:51

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I've Cateye Strada Wireless
overall, it's perform good
Cool

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posted by INA19890424 [14 posts]
2nd August 2010 - 7:07

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Can I assume it's designed to function in heavy rain and not just on dry days?

"It's my way, or the wrong way" - Mark Cavendish

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posted by SirCav [23 posts]
27th March 2014 - 15:14

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I went and bought the Cateye Velo Wireless+ and thought I had installed it correctly but having just returned from a shortish local ride, I have to report that all it told me was the time. Looking at the attached photos, have I attached it incorrectly? If anyone can help shed some light on this, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

(I have 700 x 23c tyres so I set the unit to '210' as per the table included with the instructions, in case that helps)

Velo 1.jpg Velo 2.jpg

"It's my way, or the wrong way" - Mark Cavendish

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posted by SirCav [23 posts]
28th March 2014 - 15:46

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SirCav,

Looks like the distance between the transmitter and wheel magnet is too great.

1. There should be a line on the transmitter that needs to roughly in line with your magnet, if not no signal.
2. Try twisting the transmitter inwards until there is a about 5mm gap or the head unit picks up a signal.
3. Drop the transmitter and magnet towards the hub until a signal is picked up.
4. Failing that try placing the transmitter on the front of the fork and play about as above.

posted by Yorkshie Whippet [208 posts]
28th March 2014 - 16:21

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Looking at your pictures I would suggest that you have it on the wrong side of the fork and consequently the round the wrong way.

The sensor is usually fitted to the leading edge of the right-hand fork leg with the battery compartment access on the inner side. You will then see the marking 'Sensor Zone' at the top of the unit which will enable you to line the magnet with the sensor.

You may need to angle the unit in towards the wheel to get a good pick-up.

You can check for operation before you set off by picking up the front of the bike and spinning the wheel. If all is properly set-up even a 'Sleeping' display will activate and show you a road speed measurement.

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posted by jova54 [526 posts]
28th March 2014 - 16:25

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