Wireless Bicycle Computer £6.99 28/07/11 @ Lidl
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Wireless Bicycle Computer £6.99 28/07/11 @ Lidl

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Found 20th Jul 2011
Wireless Bicycle Computer

With 30 functions including speed and distance, clock, stopwatch, fat/calories burnt, temperature display (°C/°F) and many more
With alternating function (SCAN)
With data memory for 2 bicycles
Splashproof casing as per IP44
Low battery indicator
With mounting accessories
3 year manufacturer’s warranty


I'm always on the look out for Lidl/Aldi's bike offers as I've always found great prices for decent enough items. Saw this and had to post. I bought a wired bike computer from Lidl a few years back and it was great. I recently upgraded to a Cateye wireless one for £30, but would have gone for this had it been around at the time. Obviously other items available too but thought was the best value.
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7 quid for a wireless bike computer.... hot from me.
Junk.
so is this available from the 28th?
hot hot hot!
groggy

so is this available from the 28th?hot hot hot!



Precisely. Great price for it and 3 yr warranty, can't go wrong
koksy

Junk.


Would you care to enlighten us further with your profound insight?
i bought one of these a while ago

instructions were horrendous and the set up was not intuitive at all.
after way too many attempts to get it to work i binned it, a complete stress.
im a geek and i couldnt be bothered because the interface was so un user friendly - avoid imo
ugh just paid 14 for the aldi one, houghthat has heart rate
Does include instructions on how not to stop at a red light.
To ignore Amber light
To ignore all crossings
Not to Ride on the Pavement at 30miles per hour.
A list of swear words to use at drivers even when its the cyclists fault.
To not be insuranced
Voting hot on price, but I hope the computer has these features

I

Rudidudi

i bought one of these a while agoinstructions were horrendous and the set … i bought one of these a while agoinstructions were horrendous and the set up was not intuitive at all.after way too many attempts to get it to work i binned it, a complete stress. im a geek and i couldnt be bothered because the interface was so un user friendly - avoid imo


I agree with the above, the instructions and operation of this item
Made it unusable, mine went in the bin.
Jacob_Kreed

Does include instructions on how not to stop at a red light. To ignore … Does include instructions on how not to stop at a red light. To ignore Amber lightTo ignore all crossingsNot to Ride on the Pavement at 30miles per hour. A list of swear words to use at drivers even when its the cyclists fault.To not be insurancedVoting hot on price, but I hope the computer has these features



You're dead right.
Motorists most defintely never run ambers or reds and without doubt don't swear.
i bought the wired version a few months ago, had no problem with it

instructions could be clearer, but i worked it out and im not the brainiest person in the world lol
i bought a similar one to this from aldi this time last year, think it cost over a tenner too, but it wasn't very reliable and sometimes did not give readings at all so took it back and got a sigma wireless instead and thats never let me down since

Jacob_Kreed

Does include instructions on how not to stop at a red light. To ignore … Does include instructions on how not to stop at a red light. To ignore Amber lightTo ignore all crossingsNot to Ride on the Pavement at 30miles per hour. A list of swear words to use at drivers even when its the cyclists fault.To not be insurancedVoting hot on price, but I hope the computer has these features


lol, the word you're looking for is 'insured' mate. almost lost a tooth trying to pronounce that
Jacob_Kreed

Does include instructions on how not to stop at a red light. To ignore … Does include instructions on how not to stop at a red light. To ignore Amber lightTo ignore all crossingsNot to Ride on the Pavement at 30miles per hour. A list of swear words to use at drivers even when its the cyclists fault.To not be insurancedVoting hot on price, but I hope the computer has these features



Do you drive a troll car?
I bought the wired version earlier this year and it's brilliant.

If you claim to be a geek and can't work out how to use this product then you need to hand in your geek card I'm afraid!
pmwhelan

You're dead right.Motorists most defintely never run ambers or reds and … You're dead right.Motorists most defintely never run ambers or reds and without doubt don't swear.



Of course, especially taxi drivers. And they always respect speed limits and keep safe distance when overtaking cyclists.
Rudidudi

i bought one of these a while agoinstructions were horrendous and the set … i bought one of these a while agoinstructions were horrendous and the set up was not intuitive at all.after way too many attempts to get it to work i binned it, a complete stress. im a geek and i couldnt be bothered because the interface was so un user friendly - avoid imo



EPIC FAIL!
Jacob_Kreed

Does include instructions on how not to stop at a red light. To ignore … Does include instructions on how not to stop at a red light. To ignore Amber lightTo ignore all crossingsNot to Ride on the Pavement at 30miles per hour. A list of swear words to use at drivers even when its the cyclists fault.To not be insurancedVoting hot on price, but I hope the computer has these features



Doubt it needs any of those features but hope it has instructions for drivers on how not to make a 'U' turn directly into the path of a cyclist wearing hi-viz clothing, or maybe how not to overtake a cyclist within inches of hitting them only to cut in front and make an immediate left turn...now those would be useful...although if you're properly insuranced I don't suppose it matters.
YolkiePolkie

EPIC FAIL!


Nerd.
sboh247

lol, the word you're looking for is 'insured' mate. almost lost a tooth … lol, the word you're looking for is 'insured' mate. almost lost a tooth trying to pronounce that




I am only choking, I mean joking, but used to work for Rupert Murduck ...I mean McChicken...I mean The Bear. One point why on earth do some (tiny tiny tiny amount) ride a bicycle and smoke a cigarette !? doesnt that depleat , I mean defeat the object...of becoming a git , I mean fit....
Edited by: "Jacob_Kreed" 21st Jul 2011
Blasphemous

Would you care to enlighten us further with your profound insight?



Some wireless computers suffer from interference problems so there's definitely some truth in his "junk" comment, especially considering how cheap this unit is.

Personally I'd eliminate the interference altogether and just get a wired computer instead.
I have an app on my phone that does all of this for 89p. Only good if you have the phone already though lol. Also you gota get a holder for the phone.
Not sure what the big attraction is for wireless cycle computers. There's considerably more to go wrong and they cost more.

I've got the wired version of this on my bike. I had a unit replaced after a few hundred miles as the LCD stopped working. It had taken a knock the week previous when I had a fall although it continued working for a few days before it packed up. The Crivit helpline was very efficient and sent me a replacement unit within a few days.

As for it being 'complex' that's perhaps 'cause it does 30 things and records usage across 2 bikes. The instructions are typical for cheap imported items - reasonable but not exactly in-depth. There's a few functions that it describes by name but doesn't provide any more detail 'Fat Burn' for example.
For the price its a hot deal - regards if it is junk or not is users own opinon. As to cyclists behaviour on the road being a cyclist and car driver I sympathise with both................now motor cyclists thats a totally different story........8)
If you have an Android phone - check out SportsTracker, which does the same thing. There is a paid and free version. The free version will meet most needs - the paid version allows you to upload your tracks.
i'll nab one cheers op
adamhearn

Not sure what the big attraction is for wireless cycle computers. There's … Not sure what the big attraction is for wireless cycle computers. There's considerably more to go wrong and they cost more.

On the other hand they don't have a vulnerable cable to get damaged, or contacts on the handlebar mount to corrode. I have found Lidl wireless ones to be reliable (though of course the design keeps changing), but they can be fooled by certain radio signals (such as nearby wifi access points) which means you come back to your bike and find it's done 750 miles in your absence.
Jacob_Kreed

To not be insuranced [sic]

Funnily enough, while motorists are required by law to be "insuranced", cyclists aren't (although many of them are, voluntarily). But despite this, many motorists are not insured. So it's a really strange argument which does make you look very ill-informed.
Computer?? can i get my excel spreadsheets up on this
I got one of these too, excellent, instructions arent rocket science and very easy to set up, it even calculates your calorie usage if you put your weight info into it.

As previously said, if you cant set it up and claim to be a geek and cant work it then give it to your mum to do for you.
can it be changed from kph to mph?
Probably defaults to mph for the American market... all the ones I've ever used are selectable.
As with some other posters, I can't see the point in wireless. Presumably the batteries don't last as long either?

I bought a first generation wired bike computer, unbranded and cheapest one I could find, about 12 years ago and it's still going strong. I think it's had three batteries in that time. Running the wire is not a problem - wind it round the brake cable.

It's great that Aldi and Lidl both do good value cycling stuff though.


And if you deck it, the phone's £350 to replace, isn't waterproof and the battery isn't up to a long ride with the display on and the GPS tracking.




Benefits of wireless - actually less to go wrong as there's no wire to break. Much easier to fit and you''re not restricted to awkward cable routes etc.



ggilfedder

I have an app on my phone that does all of this for 89p. Only good if you … I have an app on my phone that does all of this for 89p. Only good if you have the phone already though lol. Also you gota get a holder for the phone.

accvio

As with some other posters, I can't see the point in wireless. Presumably … As with some other posters, I can't see the point in wireless. Presumably the batteries don't last as long either?I bought a first generation wired bike computer, unbranded and cheapest one I could find, about 12 years ago and it's still going strong. I think it's had three batteries in that time. Running the wire is not a problem - wind it round the brake cable.It's great that Aldi and Lidl both do good value cycling stuff though.

koksy

Junk.



Aldi's integrated wireless computer and heart monitor used to interfere with itself, giving spurious speed signals if you got too close to it with the HR strap on.

Most reliable ones use coded digital transmission, but to get that sort of feature you have to pay a little more.

Edited by: "Duggie_22" 24th Jul 2011
accvio

Presumably the batteries don't last as long either?

As not answered above: the batteries last ages.
ggilfedder

I have an app on my phone that does all of this for 89p.

No you don't. A mobile phone cannot count revolutions of a bicycle wheel - it can only estimate the position of the bicycle, inaccurately and unreliably, using GPS.
pibpob

No you don't. A mobile phone cannot count revolutions of a bicycle wheel … No you don't. A mobile phone cannot count revolutions of a bicycle wheel - it can only estimate the position of the bicycle, inaccurately and unreliably, using GPS.



Yeah I do.
I'd love to see the web page.
Bisham

Doubt it needs any of those features but hope it has instructions for … Doubt it needs any of those features but hope it has instructions for drivers on how not to make a 'U' turn directly into the path of a cyclist wearing hi-viz clothing, or maybe how not to overtake a cyclist within inches of hitting them only to cut in front and make an immediate left turn...now those would be useful...although if you're properly insuranced I don't suppose it matters.



I can confirm though that this computer does not:

Measure Co2 emissions
Protect you from the wind and rain
Keep you warm whilst travelling during the winter
Make you a popular person amongst drivers
Contribute to respiritory illness by polluting the air of our already very polluted cities

It does however tell you the speed you're going, distance travelled etc.

There are definitely some very bad cyclists out there, however, given the **** that cyclists put up with i.e.- riding in the freezing cold, cycling up hills in horizontal rain etc. and choosing to promote a very environmentally friendly form of transport whilst ensuring they get regular exercise so they don't get really fat and become a burden on the NHS. I think they should be commended.

Edited by: "sotomonkey" 22nd Jul 2011
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