If your DH/DP is a cyclist...

(51 Posts)
kiwidreamer Fri 01-Nov-13 08:02:15

Could you pretty please ask him what is the best computer thingy to get for an recreational cyclist who is a bit of a gadget snob, please and thank you!!!

DH says he wants one --even tho he's only ridden his new bike half a dozen times and I strongly suspect it won't see daylight till the clocks go forward again-- but tends o be fussy with technology <sigh> any chance the one from Tesco is a good option (club card vouchers!)


DH is, but he uses an app on his phone now. Would that be an option? Not much scope for present buying though - sorry.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Fri 01-Nov-13 08:07:26

He's in bed right now, I can ask later but I'd not go for a tesco one if he's into his gadgets. It's probably fine but it'll be like the difference between a nokia and an iphone, iyswim.

Dh gets a lot of stuff from wiggle. What have they got on there?

VivaLeBeaver Fri 01-Nov-13 08:08:13

I'm a cyclist. grin

I've got this

It's good. All the cateye ones are good there's a whole selection on Wiggle, different prices. The more expensive ones measure your cadance and hr.....which I've never wanted to know but some people do.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 01-Nov-13 08:09:18

Is it a road bike he's got? What's he planning to use the bike for?

MaryMotherOfCheeses Fri 01-Nov-13 08:10:08

Not an app, he'll want to see how fast he's going on any down hill bits (do realise I'm rolling my eyes madly at this grin )

kiwidreamer Fri 01-Nov-13 08:10:51


Fairly good reviews but not amazing... prob fine for his needs but not for the techy-snob ;)

Also it occurs to me that of course there will be women cyclists in MNland who can also advise so I appologise for unintentional sexism!!

kiwidreamer Fri 01-Nov-13 08:14:05

Not a road bike, a fancy Mountain Bike... he really wants to be sporty but bless him he is naturally an indoor creature smile I happy to encourage being active, even if it means gadgets that will barely get used lol

cheesenpickle Fri 01-Nov-13 08:17:09

Hi my ds is very into cycling. I know very little. If want to buy him stuff i use wiggle or chain reaction. If i find something i see if its on amazon reviews before deciding to buy it. I would google the gadget from tesco and look at the reviews. Hopefully that will help you decide. I do know my dh is quite particular about his bike accessories so dont be too miffed if whatever you buy him isnt quite right!

MaryMother, the beauty of an app is that you download your data, then you can bore your wife every night by comparing your day's maximum speeds to every other downhill speed (your own and other people's!!) in the same route. So not only do you need to hear about your nearest and dearest's cycle, you need to hear about those that COMPLETE STRANGERS have done!

Dilidali Fri 01-Nov-13 08:20:37

Second Wiggle voucher. My DH is notoriously hard to buy for. A £65 voucher kept him occupied for AGES, not once did it occur to him to put a few more pounds in and get something he wanted. He looked and looked for stuff to match his £65 lol, then January sales came on and he got both items he wanted.
I know I am cruel. Love him dearly, but he is a pita to buy for, so I took a little revenge.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Fri 01-Nov-13 08:22:13

Bloody hell [fear]


angelinterceptor Fri 01-Nov-13 08:22:46

lol the bore of Map my Ride or Strava

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Fri 01-Nov-13 08:38:30

If he's a techs snob -or for that matter a bike snob - I wouldn't get him a wired computer. They look so ugly and wireless ones would, imo, appeal more to the techy side of him.

I second the idea up thread for a wiggle voucher. Their sales are good and they have so many options. If he's that fussy then leave the deliberation and angst to him grin

VivaLeBeaver Fri 01-Nov-13 08:38:52

Ha, I'm a map my ride bore. All rides shared on Facebook automatically! grin

If you want mega techy gadgety you could get a GPS like a garmin 510. Then he can plot routes online, export the routes to the garmin and get turn by turn navigation as well as speed, distance, etc. then he can be placed on garmin leader boards to see how he compares to others!

RedJeans Fri 01-Nov-13 08:45:01

My DP has a garmin that he adores, tis fairly expensive though I think! Very high tech though if he really is a geek, you can do all sorts of stuff with it connected to the computer and it came with a heart rate monitor so he's always comparing his stats from various bike rides.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Fri 01-Nov-13 08:58:41

How much are these little instruments of torture?

(Clearly i dont value my own sanity...)

Trills Fri 01-Nov-13 09:05:19

You'd be better off getting with with him, rather than buying him one, it not being quite right, and him being just slightly unhappy with it, because every time he uses it he thinks but for £20 less you could have got the one with the doodah and I really want the doodah

badguider Fri 01-Nov-13 09:08:33

Erm.... Mums/women can be cyclists too you know!!

I have a garmin forerunner with bike handlebar mount. Mine is old now but there are now models for many budgets.

I agree with the recommendation to buy from wiggle.com

Tiggles Fri 01-Nov-13 09:13:45

We use Garmin GPS - great for mountain biking as they record your speed, altitude, calories etc. We have ones that clip on the bike - great for seeing your speed as you are going along, but DH also has one that is a watch. Plug them into your computer and all the data is saved and you can look at your route on a map.
I have no idea how much they cost, but DH is a very techy gadgety person (think mine was second hand of ebay).
(In general both wiggle and chainreaction are great for bike things.)

Trills Fri 01-Nov-13 09:17:18

I would buy some decent cycling gloves (to encourage winter cycling!) and then make a "voucher" saying that you'll go buy a computer thingy together.

Tiggles Fri 01-Nov-13 09:23:00

this is a low-mid range garmin Edge 500 (Reduced as a customer return). I think the cheapest garmin the Edge 200 is about £90, but that doesn't do the heart rate stuff.
You could spend £400-500 on one, but that might be slightly OTT!

ivykaty44 Fri 01-Nov-13 09:23:02
ivykaty44 Fri 01-Nov-13 09:26:47

thing is if you have the heart rate monitor to be compatible with the garmin - then you already have the heart rate monitor so can use that ifyswim.

I have a heart rate monitor and my old bike Computer was compatible but if I wore my HRM then i used the watch anyway - I didn't see the point really as you can glance at your watch if you want to.

if you haven't got a HRM it isn't going to show your HR anyway on the bike pc

ivykaty44 Fri 01-Nov-13 09:28:43
evilgiraffe Fri 01-Nov-13 09:34:36

I have a Forerunner 610, DH has an Edge 810. They're expensive, but worth it! Between DH's three bikes he's clocked up about 12000 miles over the last three years or so, and loves his cycle computer for programming routes as well as all the standard heart rate/cadence/speed/distance stuff. Mine is nowhere near so fancy, but I prefer to ride known routes rather than go adventuring.

Garmin are very much a high-quality brand, so he'll be keeping up with the Joneses alright - I suspect he'd be disappointed with a Tesco one, especially if he's a gadget snob.

evilgiraffe Fri 01-Nov-13 09:36:29

Oh, and get him on to Strava - there's nothing like a little competition to make you less of a fair-weather cyclist grin

Direct from geeky cyclist DH


Garmin Edge 200 - circa £100

Or Garmin edge 500 (enables you to run wireless accessories like heart rate monitor or cadence sensor) - circa -£170

Or an Edge 510 - (as per 500 but uploads to social media and connects via smart phone) - circa £250

Or Edge 800 - (as above plus navigation - they are apparently "ace" as you can borrow other peoples routes etc) - circa £300

If he just wants to be able upload his ride routes and see how fast he was going at certain points (along with graphs and other such geekery!) then a 200 would be fine. He could then get a Garmin phone app himself (about 69p) if he wanted to be able to upload his routes on to his phone (so he can compare and contrast with his mates in the pub according to DH. Can't think why we're getting divorced wink)

ivykaty44 Fri 01-Nov-13 09:39:48

tilly has the 200 got cabled cadence?

kaizen Fri 01-Nov-13 09:44:15

if you can, go for a Garmin, especially as mentioned above the Edge 510 - he can then eventually get a cadence sensor for the bike, which will tell him his RPM - very important in improving if you are a crap cyclist like me.

i am a techno geek in no other way except sporting equipment and have been known the whoop with joy and drag people into my office to look at my GPS open water swim maps from the Garmin 910x - the 'mothership' of garmins.....(sigh)

kiwidreamer Fri 01-Nov-13 09:46:17

Hmmmm just as I expected, bloody expensive hobby but fecking hell at spending £300 on the computery bit... I get my kitchen aid before he's getting that!!! At least cake is something we all can enjoy wink

I think a Wiggle voucher might be the way to go --lol at me thinking I'd get away with a freebie from clubcard vouchers--

And once again I apologise profusely for ridiculous assumptive thread title... was blinded by personal circumstance --I'd be seriously maimed within the week if I started bike riding-- and panic over what to get the man who doesn't want anything, except what he wants when he wants it.

MooseBeTimeForSnow Fri 01-Nov-13 09:47:47

Or buy him a GoPro so he can film his adventures

bigTillyMint Fri 01-Nov-13 09:48:22

DH seems to love Wiggle, so that might be a good plan. New cycling gear is always welcome too.

Ivykatie - apparently the 200 doesn't support accessories - so no. Cabled cadence is no good apparently cos the cable gets snagged on stuff whilst barrelling down mountains confused

oscarwilde Fri 01-Nov-13 10:05:53

I recommend Garmin too, sorry. I'd do the snazzy gloves and Wiggle voucher myself though. It will keep him quiet for hours if my DH is anything to go by. Their customer service is v v good.

For gear, Assos is apparently the extremely pricey business . Rapha is too cool for school if he's a media type. They do a fabulous discrete reflective backpack for commuting though I know you said its for mountain biking. Lots of pockets for everything internally, waterproof and v neat and streamlined.

evilgiraffe Fri 01-Nov-13 11:01:23

Wiggle also send you haribo with every purchase - another plus point?! grin

Rapha is crazy expensive - DH has a couple of pairs of socks as they're the only remotely affordable thing...

ivykaty44 Fri 01-Nov-13 11:06:16

we have cabled cadence now - and it is fine, if the 200 has cabled cadence - which I wasn't sure about, I shall go for that one smile

To be fair, dh is slightly accident prone on his bike <<looks at current broken wrist shock>>, so he's best steering clear of cables. "Normal" folk will probably be ok smile But the 200 doesn't support even cabled cadence apparently. You'd need the 500

Piffpaffpoff Fri 01-Nov-13 11:43:49

DH has a Garmin something-or-other, which gives him lots of stats to obsess over. I definitely wouldn't go with the Tesco one.

I must confess that I am a Mapmyride stats geek, I am currently Queen of the Mountain on two courses gringrin!

HellonHeels Fri 01-Nov-13 11:52:25

Don't get the tesco one. I'd be very disappointed with that. I really want a Garmin 800. Think the voucher suggestions are the way to go.

Also if DH is a member of a cycling organisation he will get 10 - 15% discount in some shops, so much better if he's there to choose and get the discount. If he's not a member then a membership might be an idea?

I belong to CTC - you get magazines, legal support, 3rd party insurance, details of group rides, discounts on gear.

Tiggles Fri 01-Nov-13 12:15:26

Good point about the membership - British cycling membership at £15 a year gives 12% off in Wiggle, or 10% in Halfords, so membership would almost pay for itself in the discount on a decent cycle computer

RunningKatie Fri 01-Nov-13 14:51:11

I was going to tell you about the free haribo you get from wiggle but i see i was beaten to it! grin

I have a garmin 305 for running that has an adaptor to go on my bike so i can be a stats bore.

What about id? I know it's not techy but my dh needs some new id tags and i need to get myself some too.

evilgiraffe Fri 01-Nov-13 14:54:35

Oh good idea, Katie, DH and I both have a RoadID - definitely worth having.

ivykaty44 Fri 01-Nov-13 14:54:47

just spoken to dad on the phone and he has told me to look at the boardman bike pc as it got really good write ups, it does look good and has wireless cadence

oscarwilde Fri 01-Nov-13 16:19:24

Definitely worth having.

Rowlers Fri 01-Nov-13 20:41:18

I agree with voucher suggestion. DH happiest when surfing through Wiggle / Chain Reaction / Planet X / Evans Cycles websites. Keeps him quiet for HOURS.
If going for gloves, DH would say http://www.wiggle.co.uk/sealskinz-all-weather-cycling-gloves/?lang=en&curr=GBP&dest=1&utm_source=pla&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=uk&kpid=5360320525 these]] are the best cycling gear he's ever bought.

Rowlers Fri 01-Nov-13 20:41:49

try again

nightshade1 Fri 01-Nov-13 21:08:41

the garmin Gps cycle computers with a heart rate monitor and hooks up to strava are the ones to look at according to my DP

I wouldn't know - I fell off my bike twice in the spring and broke my wrist both times............the bike is retired.

Mipe Sat 02-Nov-13 17:17:40

Here are some bargain retro cycling gloves, got these as a stocking filler for my dad:


Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 05-Nov-13 00:26:14

yes, Cateye or Garmin

Takver Tue 05-Nov-13 09:24:29

Any of you who cycle and have small hands - any recommendations for really good warm cycling gloves? (Local shop doesn't have a great range so I need to buy online - I'm a small size 7)

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