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Introduction
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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

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Best Bike Computers and Wireless Cyclometer for Touring Bicycles

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Bike computers are obviously very useful on a touring bicycle because they help with navigation and keeping records.  Bicycle computers are also great for motivating cyclists to finish a long day or count down the last ten miles of a day that seems twenty kilometers too long.  For various reasons, most bike tourists agree that a bicycle computer is useful and necessary.

Bike touring requires the best bicycle computer that can withstand months of hard traveling and 24/7 exposure to rain, snow, sun, heat, and freezing temperatures (hopefully not all on the same day).  I have used various types and brands of cycling computers during my travels.   Only a few seem to be built strong enough to last longer than 12 months on the road. I think there is a lot of room for improvement and innovation.

I have determined that I like wireless or cordless cyclometers.  Most of the problems I have experienced with bike computers have been with the electric wires that lead to the magnetic pickup.  Wireless bike computers are especially good for a bike tourist who frequently pack their touring bikes in a box for airline or (USA) bus travel.  Even if a box is not required for public transportation, the wires can easily get pulled out during handling.  On the negative side, wireless computers use much more battery and occasionally some other radio transmission or foul weather can interfere with accurately measuring wheel rotation.

Even though my current Sigma wireless Bicycle Touring Computers has lasted longer than expected I know that any electronic devise will not last forever.  For my next bicycle computer I will be looking for some additional features specific to touring cyclists.

Count down kilometers (or miles)
Most of the time on a bicycle tour there is a known distance to ride each day.  Some of the newer models can be programmed with daily distance goals and indicate distance left to travel.

ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival)
I think it would be extremely useful if a bike computer could calculate the time of day cyclists will arrive at their destination based on average riding speed, number of rest stops, and distance.

Altimeter to Measure Elevation
Knowing elevation and the amount of climbing and descending is extremely helpful.

Download to Laptop Computer
Currently I have to enter all of my distance and elevation information into an online journal by hand.  I would like to be able to connect my bike computer to a laptop and download the information quickly and more accurately.

HR (Heart Rate) Monitor
Knowing how fast a bike rider's heart is beating is more important than speed and distance.

GPS (Global Positioning System)
This seems like a logical solution but I have found that they use a lot of batteries.  It has been a few years since I have researched this option so I will keep my eye open to advances in GPS technologies before I replace my current bike computer.

Below is a short list of good candidates of bike computers for a touring cyclist.  Please let me know if I have overlooked any good models.


SIGMA SPORT ROX 6.0 - Wireless Bike Computer with Altitude, Heart Rate and Temperature

This is my current bicycle computer that has been the most durable for me.

The digitally coded ROX 6.0 combines the classic features of a wireless bike computer with the most important altitude, heart rate and temperature functions. With the easy to operate 4-button navigation, mountain specialists and touring cyclists have fast access to all the important information on their ride. You can read 4 current values (altitude, heart rate, speed and another optional function) in one clear screen. All the functions on the computer can also be used off the bike using the special hiking mode.

* Functions include wireless speed, wireless heart rate, altimeter and temperature
* Altitude measurement functions include current altitude, gain/loss
* Walking mode features time, altitude, elevation gain/loss, temp

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Planet Bike Protege Wireless Touring Bike Computer

Click to Purchase Planet Bicycle Touring Computer

This affordable bike computer is all you need to keep track of your car-free miles during commutes, training rides and touring trips.

  • Digital wireless technology eliminates messy wires

  • 4-line MacroMonitor™ LCD displays up to 5 pieces of data at a glance

  • 9 functions include speed comparator, speed, average speed, maximum speed, ride time, distance, clock, dual odometer and temperature

  • Fits 25.0-31.8mm handlebars

  • Magnet fits up to 4mm bladed spokes

Click to Purchase Planet Bicycle Touring Computer

 


CatEye Wireless CC-MC100W Bike Computer

Track your rides with this wireless computer--it has 10 functions and 12 features to make your rides more enjoyable.

* Wireless design eliminates the need for bracket sensor wires, allowing for clean and easy installation * Features a manual-set odometer, dual tire-size memory, sleep mode, auto or manual start/stop, display, auto-power save
* Backlight, stem and handlebar mount, pacer arrow, changeable speed unit and menu screen * Includes universal bracket and sensor mounts

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