You might have already seen my recent post on GPS gadgets in which I explained why I prefer to avoid electronic gizmos for running. Anon left me a comment, asking how I could say that and yet I have a cycle computer. Was I contradicting myself or being a self righteous git? Well, Anon, I’d like to say that was a fair question and so here’s my answer.
The photo above is of my Cateye computer, having reached 2,000 miles late last year. I got it shortly after I got the bike it is on; my Thorn Audax. Rachel (Mrs Ramblings) had given it to me for a birthday present having already said “for your birthday, why not buy something for your new bike, anything you fancy and I’ll pay”. That presented me with a challenge. It would have seemed strange to say I’ll replace all the components with something really fancy – Ultegra groupset – having only just bought it. I thought about some clothing but was boringly content with what I already had. I thought about an ultra light LED light costing several hundred pounds but my existing one is reasonable. Then I hit on the idea of handlebar bling in the form of a computer.
Having looked at a few I thought about going upmarket and having a heart rate monitor built in, or maybe GPS or a cadence function (pedal revolutions per hour). In the end I went for the Strada wireless, costing about £45 and a whole lot less than some other models on the market. It’s a pretty basic wireless model with speed always shown an a range of secondary information – real time, trip time, trip distance, reset-able odometer, a permanent odometer, maximum speed and average speed. That’s it, no more.
It adds a bit of interest to cycling, telling me what I have done and it’s nice to click though the information after the end of a ride. I can monitor my progress and see how I am doing and it’s quite satisfying after a nice ride to see I’ve done 60 miles or hit 39mph downhill.
So maybe it is just a little nerdy but I still like it. I’m content with it, knowing it is a fairly basic model that works perfectly and sits unobtrusively on the handle bar stem. So, Anon, I hope that’s okay?