? asked in SportsCycling · 10 years ago

Should I get a Bike Computer?

Also known as a Cyclometer or Odometer, should I get a bike computer?

I have just started Highschool this year and it is about 4-5KM from where my house is. My parents work so the only way to get there is by riding or walking and obviously, biking is the smarter choice. Basically, this means that in 10 days, I can ride 100KM but I wanted to know the REAL stats. Should I get a bike computer or not? Which models do you recommend? It is a 24" (I think) Mountain Bike if you wanted to know.


4 Answers

  • ???
    Lv 4
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    I would say that there isn't any point for you to get one. First of all, you are basically riding a fixed course every day, so you can measure your exact route a couple of ways, either with google maps, or by asking one of your parents to drive the route and watching the car odometer. Another reason is that high school kids can be real pricks, and there is a very real chance that your bike computer would get stolen or damaged. Another thing is that there is the very real temptation to mess with a cycle computer while you are riding, which is dangerous. Just enjoy the ride instead. Look for something new and different that you haven't noticed before each day. Getting out on a bicycle is one of the few chances people have in this modern world to take a break from technology and the modern pace of life. Enjoy it.

    Instead of a cycle computer, you would be much better off spending the money on a set of road tires for your mountain bike, keeping the knobby tires on hand for weekend trail rides and whatnot. With road pattern tires, the ride will be a lot smoother, easier, faster, and more enjoyable.

    Cycling is fun and liberating. Don't worry about trying to quantify every aspect of it. You know about how far you go every day, you can measure the exact route in other ways, and as it doesn't change, you can figure out your exact distances with a simple application of mathematics.

    Good luck!

  • 10 years ago

    If you want to know how far you went, you can get away with a cheapo like one of the sette units off of pricepoint. Realistically this is a waste of a cycle computer though, in that most of the features will not be used by you. You could probably just use google maps to put a distance to your route and add it up. Add about 20 meters or so for your inability to ride in a straight line perfectly.

    Over the course of a "100 mile ride" I ended up doing about 101.3 miles due to 1 short stop and slight weaving.

  • 10 years ago

    Get something with all the best features with a low price at www.wheelworld.com or bikebling.com!

  • M V
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    Sure, why not? Get one that has a detachable unit so it won't get stolen.

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