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  1. Stepdoh

    Quick query, my Cateye computer has been a bit sketchy in the pick up for a wee while, had it down as a wear in the cradle and dirty contacts. Now wondering if it could be the battery?

    The complicating matter is when I push the button on the front the digits come up, it's just getting no love from the sensor (which is perfectly positioned).

    Can the battery have enough oomph in it to run the display but not sense the sensor?

    It's such solid state tech, and there's This nice (and more functional) upgrade on offer here for $20.

    Would be a shame to lose the 4,600 km on the clock though, was aiming for 5k!

    How are yawl anyhooz?

    Posted 9 years ago #
  2. wingpig

    Yiz kin input the numbers intae the odometer thingby whin ye buy a new Cateye.
    Knacked wire to the cradle?

    Posted 9 years ago #
  3. Nelly


    replace both batteries, I had same problem - think you can reprogram in lost miles?

    The sigma wired in your link is similar to the one I have on my commuting bike - utterly bulletproof.

    Weather has been nice this week, about to get a bit damp, but no real winter yet.

    Summery in NZ?

    Posted 9 years ago #
  4. Stepdoh

    Tah, will try a new battery (of the eco-disaster coin variety) and see if it helps. They've suggested shorting the pins with a paperclip to see if the sensor is bodged. Think a new sensor unit would be more than 20 bucks so may just spring for a new one.

    All good here, beginning to get hot, and just discovered a open velodrome five mins away from my office! Will be doing a few laps to get the Christmas tum off :)

    Posted 9 years ago #
  5. Focus

    In essence, a cycle computer is basically a digital watch on your handlebars, albeit with a lot of extra functions. So yes, it's quite possible to still have a working display whilst not getting a reading from the sensor. It's more likely with a wireless device but still possible with a wired one.

    Most computers nowadays should let you set the odometer manually so that you won't lose the record of mileage already covered.

    Edit: should have refreshed the page before posting the same as everyone else!

    Posted 9 years ago #
  6. allebong

    Try getting some kitchen foil, folding it up into little strips, and jamming it between the contacts on the mount and the body of the computer. Worked for me when I had problems with a wired computer.

    Side note: I believe the sensor is self powered; the magnet on the wheel whizzing by induces a current in the sensor that the computer registers. So the state of the battery in the computer shouldn't affect this if it can still run the display. Disclaimer: I may be completely and utterly wrong.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  7. Stepdoh

    did something like that, tapped/shorted the sensors on my seatpost, and it seemed to be registering fine. Even got up to 250 kph at one point.

    So must be the sensor that's borked.

    My make do and mend side gets annoyed at this, but it's way easier and cheaper just to buy a new computer.

    Posted 9 years ago #

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