Wednesday, April 7, 2010

CatEye V3 Cycling Computer

CatEye V3 mounted on the stem. Showing speed, heart rate, cadence and distance.I finally got a chance to install a cycling computer on to the bike on past Sunday morning. I had it delivered a while ago, if you recall. I am a bit of a nut when it comes to statistics of all kinds and riding without the information provided by the computer is just not as much fun as with — current speed, cadence and heart rate, averages and maximums. It also displays elapsed time, distance and included an odometer for a bike among other things.

Rare earth magnet mounted behind the pedal by magnetic force.I did decide that I would like to get a cadence sensor this time around and figured that might as well throw in the heart sensor. One of the objectives was to get a rear mounted sensor so if I decide to stick the bike into the trainer one winter I would still get the data.

Sensor mounted on the chain stay.For the cadence magnet I used a rare earth magnet kindly provided by Ignat to avoid using zip ties on the pedal. The magnet is just about the right diameter, falls right into the mounting hole not filled by the pedal itself. I’ve put about 40 miles after putting the magnet on and it seems to sit sturdy in place without any additional mounting hardware such as glue. The sensor itself is kind of bulky, but again, the supplied mounting hardware did the job just fine fitting it onto a flat chain stay of Synapse frame. The whole install didn’t take longer than 20 minutes.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CatEye V3

CatEye V3.I have this1 waiting for me. It can only mean one thing — I’m waiting for something else to come through really soon. So far the ETA is not clear though. I’m hoping for this or next weekend.

  1. CatEye V3 cycling computer. Paid $138 on Amazon. []
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

CatEye Cycling Computer

Cateye Micro Wireless cycling computer installed on a stem of my Cannondale bike.Yesterday we bought a simple cycling computer — Cateye Micro Wireless. It has several simple functions. It is able to track the distance, elapsed time, average speed among other things. All these were available on iPhone as well, which we were using before.

However while I could rarely glance on iPhone during a ride this computer is right in front of my eyes all the time. Beside the functions listed above it is also able to display the current speed, and save the maximum speed reached during the trip.

My maximum speed yesterday was 28 MPH, but that was going off the hill. Today on a flat surface I was able to reach 23 MPH. I’m sure these are not achievements of any kind for a real cyclist, but so far they are for me. )

The installation was a snap too and didn’t take more than 15 minutes.
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