what would you want on a bike computer?

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  1. tribiker

    tribiker New Member

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    The best bike computer would have what on it ? if you were designing a new<br />bike computer what would you want it to do? <br /><br />
     
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  2. admin

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    The polar 710 has pretty much everything I need :)
     
  3. Mampara

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    My Flightdeck's got almost everything I want. I would just like to replace the gear ratio with a backlight for eraly morning and add an altimeter.
     
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    Sorry, did not read the subject properly. You want to know the ultimate computer and not what we would like changed on our current comps.<br /><br />My ultimate computer must be cordless and have all the usual stuff like speed, total distance, trip distance, ave. speed, max speed. Maybe a second trip distance to measure a certain section of a road (Mitty 3). CADENCE!!! preferably virtual so that you don't have wires running down your down tube. Gear indicators. How about a warning so that you don't ride in the wrong gear for instance small-small or big-big. Buttons integrated into shifters. Maybe a back light and altimeter like I've already mentioned.<br /><br />Here's something very sci-fi. How about the display integrated into your specs and you switch it on as you require it.<br /><br />How about you can pre-program it so that you get a warning of a hill coming up or it remembers all the detail from the same race a previous time.<br /><br />Damn, I'm reading to many sci-f novels. I need to get on the bike more.
     
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    [quote author=Mampara link=board=20;threadid=2489;start=0#21372 date=1033468498]<br />Sorry, did not read the subject properly. You want to know the ultimate computer and not what we would like changed on our current comps.<br /><br />My ultimate computer must be cordless and have all the usual stuff like speed, total distance, trip distance, ave. speed, max speed. Maybe a second trip distance to measure a certain section of a road (Mitty 3). CADENCE!!! preferably virtual so that you don't have wires running down your down tube. Gear indicators. How about a warning so that you don't ride in the wrong gear for instance small-small or big-big. Buttons integrated into shifters. Maybe a back light and altimeter like I've already mentioned.<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Wells thats a few features the polar 710 doesnt have.......The thing i find most usful is being able to record data during the ride and upload it to the computer, that would be worth adding to your wish list Mampara ;)
     
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    Thats what I want to know! all the little &quot;I wish it did....&quot; <br />I started just wanting a computer that had a large read out, and showed speed, candance, heart rate ect all at once. I got talking to a guy who could build it, then thought why not find out what every one else wants and try to build it in. <br /><br />Cheers
     
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    This thread rings a bell. Click here...
     
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    [quote author=Vo2 link=board=20;threadid=2489;start=0#21378 date=1033470654]<br />This thread rings a bell. Click here...<br />[/quote]<br /><br />And the following posts on the aus.bicycle news group;<br /><br />I did find the one about use the speed function on your computer for cadence [email protected]!<br /><br />The best bike computer would have what on it ?<br />
    <br /><br />and<br /><br />is there a data logger type bike computer?<br />
    <br /><br />and<br /><br />Any cycling computer can be made into a cadence computer <br />
    <br /><br />and<br /><br />aussie bike market<br />
     
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    There is the need for a decent computer tho....the 710 has no competitors<br /><br />cheers
     
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    This is a great little thread, love these flights of fancy. How about a tire pressure alarm (if we're going mad). Tells you just those few seconds earlier if a puncture is coming (Ok, pretty meaningless I guess). The power sensors sound like a nice feature in the S710 though. Damn, can't think of anything more at the mo
     
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    [quote author=Rhodent link=board=20;threadid=2489;start=0#21422 date=1033553134]<br />The power sensors sound like a nice feature in the S710 though.[/quote]<br />They look pretty messy though....
     
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    beam up food from my house onto my bike so i dont have to stop. probably have to wait a few years for that :)
     
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    My perfect cyclecomputer would be some sort of mix between a Polar S710 and a Flight Deck/Ergobrain: something with the S710's features that can be controlled from the shifters, and can also display/record gear information for the ride.<br /><br />If it's going to take the form of a watch, a half decent bike mount wouldn't be bad too -- the one that came with my S710 is pretty crappy (but it gets the job done I guess.) A more responsive data refresh rate for the LCD would be nice too.<br /><br />Some sort of way to keep the display lit for extended periods at night (a small &amp; lightweight optional external battery-pack or something?)<br /><br />And to finish it off, it all to be connected using a spread-spectrum wireless system, so it isn't affected by power line interference etc. ;D<br /><br />I don't ask for much do I! ;)
     
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    I agree the 710 has got pretty much everything you need. The software is pretty crappy though.<br /><br />It would be nice if:<br /><br />1. It could read and store the heart rate recovery functions<br />2. Could store more than 5 graphs<br />3. Update your weight in the watch's user settings from the daily inputs<br />4. Could perform mathematical functions (like devide calories with time) and the graph them.<br /><br /><br />Come on Polar you can do it.<br /><br />Leon
     
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    How about stealing some technology from Timex and make it a GPS system without magnets and sensors.
     
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    Start off with the basic functionality of the Flightdeck (integrated buttons in the hoods, gear indicators etc.) Add wireless -real- cadence, wireless rear wheel speed sensor. Configurable LCD display like the Cateye OS, built-in HRM. Add data download capability with configurable output so you can import the data into whatever training/tracking program you choose.
     
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    I'm testing a cycling data logger at the moment... It logs speed, cadence, distance, avg speed, avg cadence, altitude, etc every 2 seconds for up to 18 hours. Download the data to your PC at the end of the ride and graph the results, email to a friend, etc. It's at prototype stage at the moment, but won't be long before it's on the market...
     
  18. dexmax

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    hmmm....

    what i want?
    1. I want a bright full color display...
    2. I want a light sensitive backlight. The computer should automatically turn on when its dark.--assuming #1 is not possible.
    3. I want GPS. Comes Standard with almost all SUVs these days.
    4. Hey, since we are at it, a security system...
    5. A Data Bank, and A direct link to any computer
    6. Bluetooth would be nice.. MP3, Radio -- I ride to relax.
    7. And get it free. haha!

    Is it possible to fit a whole laptop into a small cyclo computer? if it is, i would like that..... dream on...................
     
  19. Vo2

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    Gerald, I assume that cyclingforums members get a special discount? Or do I assume wrong?
     
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    VO2,
    See point #7 on dexmax's reply, thats the most important item on all the lists I've seen till now! :D :D
     
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