Monday, August 30, 2010

Cateye Strada Wireless Odometer

This is a review on an odometer I personally adore. It's called Strada Wireless, and it's made by Cateye. You see, this isn't some junk you get at Walmart for $10, this is a quality unit with plenty to back it up.

The Features
Current speed, pretty self-explanatory, with minimal set-up, you can get an accurate reading of your speed for your exact bike.
Maximum speed, this tracks your max speed for the current trip. Real nice if you like bombing hills for the sole purpose of crazy speed, like me.
Average speed, tracks average speed for the current trip. Next to the current speed, an arrow is shown to tell you if you are above or below average speed.
Odometer, this tracks total distance over the life of the product. You can get thousands of miles logged, it's all up to you. Plus, if you're transferring units, and you want to input a previous amount, no problem.
Trip distance, pretty simple, tracks total distance for the trip. As primary trip, all the above features are included with THIS trip.
Trip distance 2, also fairly simple (seeing a trend here?), tracks distance as a secondary tracker. Only tracks distance, no extra features. Can be reset separately from the primary Trip Distance.
Elapsed time, shows total time you've been biking, not resting, but on the bike moving.
Clock, standard feature, gives you the time. Plus, no clunky watches.

This is by far the easiest mounting system I've ever used. And this doesn't apply to just biking. This stuff is easy. Best of all, no tools needed, everything is included.

So here's how it goes.
The sensor, this is what picks up how many times your wheel is spinning, and thus, how fast you're going. Place it on the fork where you want it, and zip tie (included) to the fork.
The unit mounter, wrap the mount around your bars or stem, add a bolt-like item. Done.

Customer Service/Durability
Here's how they tie together. First of all, I've dropped the little guy a few times (hopefully, I'll be a better parent) and it's held up fine. But when I'm chilling on the nice, safe, simple road, and someone calls my name while I'm riding with only one hand, and I pull the brakes at 2mph. Well.......let's just say it was mounted in a bad spot (bars, top-most spot of the bike). The screen cracked pretty badly. So I called Customer Service in a hope that maybe, MAYBE I could get another one for cheap. Well they did better, I got a replacement for free, yeah, FREE, they even paid for shipping. I just had to send the broken one in. All covered under warranty, I'm not sure of details, but I've had the thing for years, so there's no 90 day crap.

I do believe MSRP is around $60. But don't worry. I got mine on Craigslist for $25 used. And I've seen countless other places selling it for $40ish.
Or buy it here on Amazon Cateye Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer

So good luck!
And here's a picture unrelated to the post. But hey, it's awesome.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

DIY Tutorials

If you're like me, you like to do a lot of your own repairs. It's cheaper, you don't have to go to the bike store, etc. But sometimes you just don't know how, and that book you bought isn't quite doing it. Well, there's some great guides on the internet. There's also some real bad ones. But which ones are which? First off, look for quality in the video, if it was taken with a cell phone, chances are, it's not gonna be very helpful. I've got a link to some good videos here Technical Tuesday. These come from a site called Pinkbike. This is most likely, the biggest biking website there is. It's a huge community. And they have a special called Tech Tues. The series is expanding and can really help any of you DIY'ers. From changing a flat to installing headsets to measuring chain wear.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

What's good about XC

Okay, so if you don't know, XC stands for cross-country. In biking, this is the most common way of mountain biking. Although sometimes practiced on fire roads. The best way is, no doubt, single track. XC is usually fairly flat, with gentle ups and downs. No downhill style drops and hugely technical rock gardens. XC gives you the fun of regular biking and it builds your cardio for everything else. You're continuously pushing your bike farther and farther at considerable speeds. While most bikes for XC are hardtails, full suspension bikes have been gaining popularity. Good luck, and happy riding!

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