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Cheap bike odometers

Postby matt2matt2002 » 6 Mar 2011, 8:25pm

After my Cateye fell off last week I have been thinking of replacing it with a cheapie T*sco one.
All I want is mileage speed and time kinda thingie.

I guess you get what you pay for - but are the supermarket ones rubbish - or will it give me what I want - at a third of the cost?

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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby rjb » 6 Mar 2011, 8:39pm

£3.99 in Lidl Monday 14th March. Last one i got there was very good so will get a couple more at that price. Not on there web site yet but in there flyer picked up yesterday.
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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby Michael R » 6 Mar 2011, 8:41pm

You could try Halfords own 12 function one.

I got an earlier model in 2005/6 , broke it in June 2008 and since then kept it in place with rubber bands (thanks postie) and it works wonderfully

I am now getting another one at long last, as it is a good mech and gives me the info I want

I got a cheap Lidl/Aldi which works fine and has a scan mode

Why pay more?

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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby DavidT » 6 Mar 2011, 8:51pm

I think Halfords would represent a reasonable budget purchase. I run a Halfords unit and a Cateye on my bikes and I'm happy with both. Although the Cateye is in action a heck of a lot more than the Halfords! I bought the Halfords one about 8 years ago after a cycle mag said how good it was.

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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby gentlegreen » 6 Mar 2011, 9:11pm

This thread's reminded me I still need to get something organised and I reckon I'm going to have two - one of them permanently on the bike in a waterproof container, tucked under the seat and only consulted periodically.

It's fairly academic though as my habits are very regular.

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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby Michael R » 6 Mar 2011, 10:33pm

gentlegreen wrote:This thread's reminded me I still need to get something organised and I reckon I'm going to have two - one of them permanently on the bike in a waterproof container, tucked under the seat and only consulted periodically.

It's fairly academic though as my habits are very regular.



I s it in a waterproof container under your seat for good reason? :evil:

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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby rapidfire72 » 6 Mar 2011, 11:35pm

I have a Bikemate, that I got from Aldi in July 2008 and still going strong. Beats Cateye any day. I'm after another one, so will look out for the cycling day offers.

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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby meic » 7 Mar 2011, 10:23am

We fitted the entire family fleet with halfords 12 function speedometers around 2005/2006.
They have been excellent, I just built up a new bike and went to Halfords and found that they now have a new model which is very different. :cry:
On reflection they were not very cheap and I can buy a more prestigious speedo for the same sort of money but it probably will be nowhere near as good!
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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby Hemipode » 7 Mar 2011, 7:26pm

rapidfire72 wrote:I have a Bikemate, that I got from Aldi in July 2008 and still going strong. Beats Cateye any day. I'm after another one, so will look out for the cycling day offers.


+1 .... and at only a fiver you can't go wrong !

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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby reohn2 » 7 Mar 2011, 7:40pm

These go on forever (well nearly) and are cheap:- http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/New-Sigma-Baselin ... 45ed37dd18


Bikemate are cheap and good but have far too many functions IMO.
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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby thirdcrank » 7 Mar 2011, 7:52pm

One problem with Lidl /Aldi stuff is that standards can be so variable. My best buy from Lidl was an excxellent extending stepladder when the identical thing was on sale elsewhere at over twice the price. Around the same time I bought some paint stripper which was about as much use as washing up liquid. I've had other examples of win some, lose some.

By coincidence, I've just tried - unsuccessfully - to use an Aldi headtorch bought only last year. Ultrabright and an excellent lamp. I put it aside, virtually unused for use in emergency. I tried it this afternoon and the batteries had leaked. A quick check shows an expiry date of Dec 2011. By comparison, I have some batteries in a regularly used Petzl headtorch which are labelled to expire in 2008 and they are as bright as ever.

It seems to me it's generally cheap but not always a bargain.

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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby cycleruk » 7 Mar 2011, 8:54pm

reohn2 wrote:These go on forever (well nearly) and are cheap:- http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/New-Sigma-Baselin ... 45ed37dd18

Max' speed only 50 ??? :roll:
If that's 50k then thats only 31mph. :(
+1 though for Sigmas.

Bikemate are cheap and good but have far too many functions IMO.


My bikemate (F-17) only has 5 functions. odo.dst.mxs.avs.tm. and speed continuous reading of course.
The problems I have had with the cheaper computers has been the connections on the mounting bracket.
They invariably tarnish and in the end loose the springiness out of the metal contact.
The Sigmas have a different type of connection and have been very reliable now for a couple of years.
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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby Argosy » 7 Mar 2011, 9:17pm

thirdcrank wrote:One problem with Lidl /Aldi stuff is that standards can be so variable. My best buy from Lidl was an excxellent extending stepladder when the identical thing was on sale elsewhere at over twice the price. Around the same time I bought some paint stripper which was about as much use as washing up liquid. I've had other examples of win some, lose some.

By coincidence, I've just tried - unsuccessfully - to use an Aldi headtorch bought only last year. Ultrabright and an excellent lamp. I put it aside, virtually unused for use in emergency. I tried it this afternoon and the batteries had leaked. A quick check shows an expiry date of Dec 2011. By comparison, I have some batteries in a regularly used Petzl headtorch which are labelled to expire in 2008 and they are as bright as ever.

It seems to me it's generally cheap but not always a bargain.


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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby cycleruk » 8 Mar 2011, 4:55pm

Now's your chance to try:-
http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl ... _18823.htm

Lidl - £3.99 from the 14th march. :D but 30 functions. :shock:
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Re: Cheap bike odometers

Postby snibgo » 8 Mar 2011, 5:17pm

I bought a Lidl one at the previous sale. It doesn't have cadence, which is a shame, but seems fine for the usual functions. I haven't put it on a bike yet, so I don't know about long-term reliability.