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    Hey all,, Probably a stupid noob question here, but do I need to get a specific type of odometer for a 29er? Only reason I ask, is because when I was a kid, all odometers were attached to the wheel and thats how it measured your mileage.

    So my question is. Do they make specific odometers for 29ers? or are all the odometers gps based now?

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    Usually now it's a magnetic piece that is fastened to the spokes and you set the tire size in the odometer. They can get pretty specific nowadays, they let you pick rim and tire size to get as close as possible to the correct mileage.


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    Thanks a lot for your help.. Do you have any that you recommend? Not looking to spend a ton of money, and it doesn't have to be %100000 spot on the mileage. Just looking for something to keep track and give me a pretty good idea of how many miles I have gone.
    Maybe one that monitors speed too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid_Mo_Biker View Post
    Thanks a lot for your help.. Do you have any that you recommend? Not looking to spend a ton of money, and it doesn't have to be %100000 spot on the mileage. Just looking for something to keep track and give me a pretty good idea of how many miles I have gone.
    Maybe one that monitors speed too.
    Lots of inexpensive bike computers (Cateye is good) with basic speed, time, distance functions. All can be set for 29" wheels (and much larger).

    For best accuracy use the calibration instructions for "advanced" or rollout. The tire size calibration charts and very general and inaccurate.
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    Got one from specialized for about $30. Fairly close to strava mileage. Usually just average the two. Does time, speed, max speed, etc. Works for 26, 29, 700.

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    Just to bring it up, the best purchase I ever made was a Garmin GPS because of the virtual partner feature. I usually ride solo and that got me in MTB shape real fast. You can get them fairly cheap as compared to a few years ago and Garmin offers a refurb program were they will repair it after warranty for a fee. A quick look on ebay shows a few decent ones in the $100-150 price range. The Garmin EDGE 200 is the cheapest current model with an MSRP of $129.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Lots of inexpensive bike computers (Cateye is good) with basic speed, time, distance functions. All can be set for 29" wheels (and much larger).

    For best accuracy use the calibration instructions for "advanced" or rollout. The tire size calibration charts and very general and inaccurate.
    Amazon.com: Cateye CC-RD300W Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer (Black): Sports & Outdoors

    Seems like this seems to be the best bang for the buck model from that company. Any personal opinions on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid_Mo_Biker View Post
    Amazon.com: Cateye CC-RD300W Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer (Black): Sports & Outdoors

    Seems like this seems to be the best bang for the buck model from that company. Any personal opinions on it?
    Any Cateye is fine.
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    If you got an Android smartphone, just download a free app that calculates your mileage. It's more convenient, especially when you switch to different bikes. And did I say the apps are free?
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    I've got to agree, if you've got a phone and don't mind carrying it with you on rides, definitely try out something like Strava. Most apps like strava also give you the ability to map the path you took during your ride so you can visually see where you went, not just how far you went. The toughest part is remembering to start the app.

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    Yep....a phone's the way to go.

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    If you want accurate data (distance, average, etc.) get a bike computer and calibrate it to the wheel on your bike.
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    The bell F12 is very cheap (10 bucks) and does the job quite well. I have it on 3 bikes and they have been reliable so far.

    Amazon.com: Bell DASHBOARD 100 12 Function Cyclocomputer: Sports & Outdoors

    it measures: "Current speed, average speed, max speed, miles and kilometers per hour, speed, and distance, Odometer, trip distance, trip timer, 12- and 24-hour clock, scan, and auto stop/start"

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    Quote Originally Posted by abelfonseca View Post
    The bell F12 is very cheap (10 bucks) and does the job quite well. I have it on 3 bikes and they have been reliable so far.

    Amazon.com: Bell DASHBOARD 100 12 Function Cyclocomputer: Sports & Outdoors

    it measures: "Current speed, average speed, max speed, miles and kilometers per hour, speed, and distance, Odometer, trip distance, trip timer, 12- and 24-hour clock, scan, and auto stop/start"
    I have an old Bell one as well. They do the job and are a good value. I also have used those cell phone apps and they don't track as well as a dedicated GPS (or even the Bell). I live in the desert (i.e. no trees or anything to get in the way) and my strava app has sometimes tracked way way off course and back. I keep my phone in the outer pouch of my pack... I think my phone reverts to cell tower positioning and back to onboard GPS at times. A combination of an app and the Bell would proabably be the most economical... Be careful if you go the app route. I purcahsed a Garmin App a long time ago and went to install it on a new phone. I never paid attention to the permissions but it wants to access everything on your phone (contact lists, take pictures/record audio, read SMS etc etc etc).
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    Bontrager wireless 5w. Rollout the circumference and make it dead nuts accurate.

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    Re: Odometer and 29er

    Quote Originally Posted by FireLikeIYA View Post
    I have an old Bell one as well. They do the job and are a good value. I also have used those cell phone apps and they don't track as well as a dedicated GPS (or even the Bell). I live in the desert (i.e. no trees or anything to get in the way) and my strava app has sometimes tracked way way off course and back. I keep my phone in the outer pouch of my pack... I think my phone reverts to cell tower positioning and back to onboard GPS at times. A combination of an app and the Bell would proabably be the most economical... Be careful if you go the app route. I purcahsed a Garmin App a long time ago and went to install it on a new phone. I never paid attention to the permissions but it wants to access everything on your phone (contact lists, take pictures/record audio, read SMS etc etc etc).
    The way to force your phone to use GPS only for accuracy is to switch to airplane mode. Also, it consumes less battery that way.

    It's very true there are apps which maliciously require access to phone info and functions it should never have access to. That's why I avoided the apps recommended by other posters in this forum. I also dislike having to sign up to certain websites to use the app. So I use CycleDroid instead.
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