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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!)


AgentProvocateur Fri 01-Nov-13 08:04:41

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!

AgentProvocateur Fri 01-Nov-13 08:17:33

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

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

was looking at this for dd as she would like a garmin for christmas

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

you can buy the heart rate bands

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