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Cateye bike computer review.

Friday, October 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

October
23
2009

Yesterday was a very productive day at work, and also an extraordinarily active fitness day. My back and biceps workout was awesome, and I was feeling pretty toasted by the time it was over. While I was in the gym training UPS dropped my new Cateye CC-MC100W Micro Wireless 10-Function Bicycle Computer on the front porch. I was pretty excited about trying it out, so I decided to install it while I drank my post workout shake…

I need to comment on the installation of the bike computer. The Amazon reviews on the actual product are almost unanimously excellent, but some people really railed on the installation instructions, complaining that they were all but impossible to follow. In fact, some of the installation instruction comments were so negative that I almost didn’t order this model. Turns out I had nothing to worry about. I don’t know if the people complaining just didn’t take a few minutes to study the installation/part diagrams or what, but that’s all it took to make everything very clear. I had the unit installed and working perfectly in less than 15 minutes. The installation was actually very easy, and required no tools. Could the instructions use some improvement? Absolutely. Are they difficult to follow? Not if you’re willing to invest a couple minutes making sure you understand everything before you start.

Anyway, the computer can be mounted on the stem or the handlebars (I choose the stem-mounted option), and the remote wireless sensor is installed on the fork. The setup of the computer is very easy: you simply enter your choice of MPH or KPH, the current time and your bike’s wheel diameter in mm.

I couldn’t wait to try the computer out. I felt somewhat recovered from my back/bicep workout, so I decided to head out for a brief ride. Once I got on the road I didn’t want to stop! The computer worked perfectly, and told me that I rode a total of 5.53 miles with an average speed of 16.8 MPH and a maximum speed of 24.8 MPH.

Here’s a picture of the stem-mounted Cateye CC-MC100W Micro Wireless 10-Function Bicycle Computer after my first ride:

Cateye CC-MC100W Micro Wireless 10-Function Bicycle Computer

Cateye CC-MC100W Micro Wireless 10-Function Bicycle Computer

Here’s the wireless sensor mounted on the fork. You can also see the small silver magnet (which is what the sensor reads) clamped to one of the spokes.

Cateye CC-MC100W Micro Wireless 10-Function Bicycle Computer

Cateye CC-MC100W Micro Wireless 10-Function Bicycle Computer

Complete list of functions and features: Current speed, maximum speed, trip distance 1 & 2, average speed 1 & 2, elapsed time 1 & 2, clock, wireless, backlight, menu screen, pace arrow, convertible speed unit, manual odometer set, dual tire sizes, sleep mode, stem or handlebar mount, auto or manual start/stop, universal bracket/sensor mounts, auto power saving.

While I can’t attest to the longevity of this product, I can tell you that so far I’m totally happy with my purchase. Highly recommended!

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