hippy <[email protected]
> wrote in message
> "DRS" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>> BTW, MBC have Vetta computers going half price. What wrong with
>> them apart from being seriously ugly?
> My OLD Vetta C-60(?). Maybe 10 years old, but the
> cadence sensor never worked, mounting brackets used
> plastic screws which wear out if swapping bikes. If screen
> left in sun for 5 minutes it would go black and unit would
> need to be reset, losing all its data. Sensor is now worn out
> and doesn't work above 40kph any more - although it IS
> seriously old now. So, I don't like them at all compared to
> my Polar and Cateye units, but it depends on how cheap
> "half price" is and which units. Have you got more info?
> I would like a cheap cadence computer for track stuff...
Half price means half price. They're on the same link I gave, so you can
see for yourself.
In any event I bought the Echo W2 Cordless. At $59 it was way too good a
bargain to pass up. But I must warn people that I got the last one at that
price. The sticker price was $69 (RRP $89). They gave it to me for $59
when I pointed out that was their web price and the reason I had come in but
they also updated their site immediately. That price made more sense in
light of the prices at which other stores were listing them. I also picked
up an 18 function Tioga toolkit for $35 (RRP $59) so I walked out very happy
with my morning.
In any event it's way cool not having wires. The instuction leaflet was a
bit of a nightmare, the usual story, you unfold it like a map and the
instructions are in 2 point in 36 different languages and the illustrations
were done by a first year art student but it's not that hard to figure out,
you just have to pay attention to the bit about aligning the transmitter and
the magnet properly, and I only had three rubber strips left over. I took
it for a test run around Albert Park Lake. Workmen were actually doing
stuff so Lakeside Drive was closed for a reason for a change, which meant I
had to negotiate my way around the obstacle course of grandstands and stuff
on the eastern side and that lowered my average speed considerably (22.9kph
ave.), but I made up speed on the western leg around the race track bit
(31.7kph top) and it was 5.19km around. These numbers look realistic and
the speeds are reasonable for a hybrid in those conditions so I reckon I've
got it calibrated properly.
The Echo has auto on and off and detects when the unit is mounted or
dismounted. When I picked it up to check the stats at the time of writing
it had powered down and only the clock setting was showing, but I had it set
to the 24h clock and the time was 22:22:02 so I nearly crapped myself
thinking the display had frazzled.
Just in case anybody's interested, MBC have the newer Cateye Enduro 8 in
stock for $59, even though it's not on the web site.
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