A simple milometer - nothing more.

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Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

Postby millimole » 17 Feb 2017, 9:30am

Bonefishblues wrote:How about a very simple thing indeed (yet very clever) strapped to your bike?

I've pre-ordered one for our escaping Mutt (seriously!) but lots of other options available.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/18 ... er-for-eve

For me, as regards riding my bike, I'm not sure what advantage - other the two key presses - it has over one of the many GPS recording apps for my phone. I take my phone anyway, and it's always in my pocket.


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Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

Postby Bonefishblues » 17 Feb 2017, 9:36am

millimole wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:How about a very simple thing indeed (yet very clever) strapped to your bike?

I've pre-ordered one for our escaping Mutt (seriously!) but lots of other options available.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/18 ... er-for-eve

For me, as regards riding my bike, I'm not sure what advantage - other the two key presses - it has over one of the many GPS recording apps for my phone. I take my phone anyway, and it's always in my pocket.


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I suppose it's always on in the sense that it records every single movement, for those who simply throw their leg over a bike and don't always take a mobile.

It (this model at least) has some limited utility (if placed somewhere inconspicuous) in the immediate aftermath of a bike theft, perhaps.

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Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

Postby canoesailor » 17 Feb 2017, 1:15pm



Thanks Brucey, I just ordered one over the phone, a very helpful lady took the order and it's in the post today.

I've bookmarked them for future reference.

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Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

Postby Mick F » 17 Feb 2017, 2:02pm

I wonder how accurate they are?
When I had mine back in the 60s, it was for a 26" wheel. In those days, we used 26x1 3/8 tyres.

These days, there's a wide variety of tyres available for any given rim.

On another thread, it was said that the old 28" was basically a 700C rim with a wide tyre making them 28", but my 700C rims have narrow tyres, and they have much more in common with a 26" wheel than a 28" one. Rolling diameter on mine is 26.3"

Also, my Moulton has 20" wheels, but the rolling diameter is 18.6".
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Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

Postby thornie1543 » 17 Feb 2017, 4:00pm

I just use a wireless cateye velo fixed to top of one fork leg,lasted me years so far,cant believe you have paid a tenner for that old thing!!!

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Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

Postby bigjim » 17 Feb 2017, 4:38pm

Got an original one in the garage that came with my Raleigh clubman. Took it off because the ticking was so annoying.
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Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

Postby CREPELLO » 17 Feb 2017, 10:27pm

thornie1543 wrote:I just use a wireless cateye velo fixed to top of one fork leg,lasted me years so far,cant believe you have paid a tenner for that old thing!!!
How often do you replace the battery?

I'm still still want a simple odometer (tho not the Huret mech type). A simple regular bike puter could be viable if the screen could be turned off (or would only turn on when used, which is a wish I have for any bike computer) in order to save battery power. I know how to turn an LCD display off...I can break absolutely anything. But it's figuring out how to turn it on again to get a mileage reading Image

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Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

Postby [XAP]Bob » 18 Feb 2017, 11:33am

I'd suggest that a 5-10 quid outer kept out of the way under the saddle will do the job at least as well as anything else.

Even a precautionary annual battery change isn't *that* much work is it?
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Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

Postby elPedro666 » 18 Feb 2017, 4:28pm

First I haven't had chance to read all of the replies, so apologies if I'm jumping in/repeating etc.

If you are using a Garmin anyway, you can just sync it to Strava (or any of the other options I imagine), either on your phone or the PC, and then it will save the activity against whichever bike you select. Screenshot of mine included for reference. Hadn't looked at that list before and I'm a bit shocked!

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This way you get all the info you want (and more) with nothing extra to carry and zero expenditure.

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Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

Postby canoesailor » 18 Feb 2017, 10:37pm

thornie1543 wrote:I just use a wireless cateye velo fixed to top of one fork leg,lasted me years so far,cant believe you have paid a tenner for that old thing!!!


I've tried bike computers and I cant see the display from my seat on a semi recumbent trike. Most are cheap, nasty, unreliable and inaccurate plus, being hung on the front fork they are prone to breakage. I will run my 'ancient relic' on the inside of the back wheel, right away from accidental damage.

But my real reason is that I want a permanent log of the mileage on that trike with no battery worries etc. I dont need to see it while riding only when I want to see my overall mileage. When I want to see my speed on a trip I will use my Garmin walking GPS. It has the ability to keep a mileage log, but I go canoeing and if my back gets better, walking. Occasionally I use it on my motorbike all this would add to the log and give a false reading for the trike.

I remember we stopped the clicks in the sixties by fitting a piece of tight rubber tubing over the pin as a shock absorber.

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Re: A simple milometer - nothing more.

Postby Brucey » 18 Feb 2017, 11:31pm

your motivations for wanting a simple device are almost identical to my own*.

I got about 95% of my setup spot on; what a disappointment that the internals let me down!

Nice idea about the rubber coated striker; however I suspect that the only thing that will stop the wheel from overshooting on downhills is to make the working diameter as small as possible.

cheers

* [I am frankly sick to death of crappy gadgets with batteries in them and I would rather eat worms than buy another one.]
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