Computers with BIG distance info

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Computers with BIG distance info

Postby tenbikes » 1 Jun 2020, 10:59am

I'm looking for a wireless bike computer that has distance in big, readable numbers.
The ones I've seen have the speed on big numerals and everything else in much smaller numerals.

I can read the speed I'm traveling at but this information is of zero interest to me. And I should think is of no interest to anyone above the age of 15 !

What I need is to be able to read useful navigational information without having to stop and put on my reading glasses. Time lapse and distance are really useful for off road nav. ; the rest I can live without.

I've taken off my Cateye wireless because it is essentially useless to me......there must be better offerings out there??

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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby Trigger » 1 Jun 2020, 11:18am

I think both the Wahoo and Garmin have the ability to alter the shown display in various degrees of size, so you can customise them however you like.

See this video from about the 4 minute mark


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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby sixtoes » 1 Jun 2020, 11:41am

Trigger wrote:I think... the Wahoo

Wahoo Elemnt definitely does. You choose the order of the data you want it to display and then you can zoom in and out. As you zoom in the data items at the top of your list get bigger and bigger and the ones at the bottom of the list get hidden.

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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby tenbikes » 1 Jun 2020, 9:34pm

Nice, but the price is a bit , err, staggering?

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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby chris_suffolk » 1 Jun 2020, 9:43pm

tenbikes wrote:I can read the speed I'm traveling at but this information is of zero interest to me. And I should think is of no interest to anyone above the age of 15 !



I find my current speed as a very useful indicator of progress - more so than distance. It's useful to give me an idea of whether it's the head-wind making progress hard, or if I'm just having an off day. I tend to use speed far more than any of the other measures on my Cateye.

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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby freeflow » 1 Jun 2020, 10:21pm

Just use your smartphone with a suitable app.

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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby mjr » 1 Jun 2020, 10:56pm

freeflow wrote:Just use your smartphone with a suitable app.

If Android, AAT has a fairly clear full screen cockpit display, which you can then use the accessibility magnifier tool in recent Android versions to make part of it even bigger. See attached screenshots for example
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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby tenbikes » 2 Jun 2020, 1:59pm

freeflow wrote:Just use your smartphone with a suitable app.

I don't own any kind of phone, or a t.v., and have no desire to.

TC

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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby simonhill » 2 Jun 2020, 2:22pm

I agree, some preconceived ideas are a pain. I'm well over 15 and regularly look at speed on my Speedo.

You say you have ditched your Cateye, is it a fairly modern one? I seem to recall that my early Cateye had a small screen and small numbers. However my current one has much larger numbers with the lower ones not that much smaller than the main display.

Numbers measured top to bottom, pre/post decimal point:
Main display 13mm/9mm
Lower display 10mm/8mm

It might be worth having a look at some current models.

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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby mjr » 2 Jun 2020, 3:26pm

tenbikes wrote:
freeflow wrote:Just use your smartphone with a suitable app.


It is very tiresome when folk assume that everyone has a smart phone.

I don't own any kind of phone, or a t.v., and have no desire to.

Even without a phone number card in it and put in airplane mode, a smartphone might do what you want more cheaply and easily than a dedicated device - the difficulty would be finding one without a power-hungry display or GPS.
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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby simonhill » 2 Jun 2020, 3:35pm

I would have thought that some form of GPS would be a lot more reliable for the requirements, ie "Time lapse and distance are really useful for off road nav.". I can't imagine speedo distance is very accurate off road, where you may be constantly deviating slightly from a straight course.

Lapsed time can come courtesy of an £8 Casio watch.

....or a cheap kiddies magnifying glass in an easily accessible pocket and stick with your old Cateye.

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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby scottg » 2 Jun 2020, 5:01pm

Cateye Padrone, large print computer.


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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby ferrit worrier » 2 Jun 2020, 5:19pm

scottg wrote:Cateye Padrone, large print computer.


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I've got one of them. excellent can't fault it :D :D :D
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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby Mike_Ayling » 3 Jun 2020, 5:59am

tenbikes wrote:I don't own any kind of phone, or a t.v., and have no desire to.

No landline? How do people contact you?
My wife has had her pay as you go flip phone for ages with a plan that her credits never expire (her latest expiry date for her credits is some time in 2036!)
I am the Treasurer of our local St Vincent de Paul Conference and our members frequently communicate by SMS. I was no good on the alpha numeric keyboard so I reluctantly got a smart phone. I prefer paper maps when on the road but started using RidewithGPS on my desktop to plan our touring rides. Then I discovered that the ap is also on my phone and found it quite fun to log my daily rides. When I get home I can see where I have been with time, speed elevation map etc.
As far as I can establish because the phone just accesses sattelites it does not burn any of the data that I pay for.

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Re: Computers with BIG distance info

Postby Graham » 3 Jun 2020, 7:29am

tenbikes wrote:I don't own any kind of phone, or a t.v., and have no desire to.


Off-topic : ?? How do you access this forum ?? - with no landline AND no mobile phone !!!
PS. No obligation to answer that.