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Old 02-25-21, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Yep. Iíve had the same CatEye wireless (makes it easier to box and ship) on my touring/commuter for years. Iíve changed the transmitter and unit batteries once or twice. Iíve done fully loaded touring with it over surfaces that nearly rattled out some fillings.

In fact, my first computer from the 80s was a CatEye. You could see the unit from outer space.
Not a Cateye, and not sure why I still have this, but my first bike computer from the 80's. I moved onto a Sigma Sport and initially I was disappointed having to scroll through the screens instead of having dedicated buttons for each view... lol.

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Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
Not a Cateye, and not sure why I still have this, but my first bike computer from the 80's. I moved onto a Sigma Sport and initially I was disappointed having to scroll through the screens instead of having dedicated buttons for each view... lol.

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Wow. Had never heard of that. I purchased mine in '86 or '87. Had two buttons side by side under the display. It was probably 2.5" by 2.5".
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I bought the wireless Cateye. The cheapest wireless one they had, $40.
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Originally Posted by PetePetePete View Post
I bought the wireless Cateye. The cheapest wireless one they had, $40.
I was shopping last year and noticed that for Sigma units, the wireless ones had two batteries rated for about 300 hours while the wired units have one battery rated for 1000 hours, so the wireless ones use up about six times more batteries for an equivalent amount of riding.

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Darn, a bit late to the thread. I have a Bryton Ryder 420. Great alternative to the more expensive GPS products. But the main reason I bought it was the battery life. About 30hrs if you're not using the LED backlight at night. I've used this for a 300k brevet and still had plenty of battery life left. I've even done overnight rides with the backlight lit the entire night. No problem with battery life.
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Originally Posted by ofajen View Post
I was shopping last year and noticed that for Sigma units, the wireless ones had two batteries rated for about 300 hours while the wired units have one battery rated for 1000 hours, so the wireless ones use up about six times more batteries for an equivalent amount of riding.

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Wireless needs two batteries. One in the unit and one in the transmitter, so a wireless will use more batteries for that reason alone.
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A witeless is nice. You s don’t have to mess with wires, especially with front racks.

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Mickelson Trail:

We started and ended at the southern end. You will need plenty of sunscreen on the southern end, the uphill for the first 20 miles is a bit of a slog with no shade.

North end, when I did that over a decade ago with a co-worker, we did not ride all the way to the north end, instead stayed at a low budget motel, Palace Express in Lead. I remember that we got into town after all the restaurants had closed for the night. They did not stay open late, but that was over a decade ago. Going further north to the end would have meant more uphill after turning around and going south again, so we cut it short by a few miles.

We camped at a campground, Oreville Campground. Not on the trail but only a few hundred yards from the trail. We did it in four days, end to end and back. Oreville was nearly a midpoint so that is where we stayed in both directions. I was there over a decade ago, at that time they had no showers but otherwise had all we needed for camping for a night.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/blac...26043&actid=29

When we finished on the last day and got back to my truck it was 93 degrees and dry, bought a chocolate malt at a small restaurant in town and it tasted REALLY good.

Try to avoid being there during the bike rally in Sturgis. We were there between Aug 24 and 27, 2009 and it was not crowded at all, we had no problems getting campsites or lodging.

There are a couple short tunnels but you do not need bike lights to get through the tunnels, they are quite short.
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