Cycling Along The Way...

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Riders of the wheel. Racers, Roadies, Mountain bikers, Touring cyclists, Commuters, and others. Diamond frames, recumbents, trikes, and more. Sharing a web of connections often misunderstood or unappreciated by those who don't ride. Herewith, my attempt to share some of the more rational thoughts that flit around inside my head while bicycling, knocking back a brew or three, or just thinking about life. Reviews of bicycles, gear, touring, and more, plus some unsolicited posts about people, politics, and philosophy. Other things, too. Me: retired, gave up my TV in 1988, avid cyclist, several cross country tours completed with more to come. Your thoughts?

Friday, June 8, 2012

BICYCLE GEAR REVIEW: NiteRider Rebel 3.0 Bicycle Computer

NiteRider Rebel 3.0 Bicycle Computer:

Available on eBay: NiteRider Rebel 3.0 Bicycle Computer  This is a basic bicycle computer.

The screen shows 4 lines of data at once: Current Speed, Temp, Duration, Avg Speed/Max Speed.  The 4th line (Avg/Max Spd) also can show distance, hi/lo temps, clock, or odometer.  I like this.  Easy to remove from the Minoura Besso Mount and slip it into my pocket.
PROS:
-Simple to install
-Simple to set up
-Provides the basic data
-Easy to read 4 lines of data at once

CONS:
-Switches to sleep mode quickly when stopped.  Not immediately, but would like it better if it took a bit longer to switch to sleep mode.

SUMMARY:
The NiteRider Rebel 3.0 provides the basic data that I'm looking for and I like that.  Buttons are easy to operate with minimal to no confusion over which button does what function.  Came to realize that all I want, really, is to know how long have I been riding, how far have I gone, and what time is it.  If you're looking for more, then you might want to ask yourself some questions, without lying to yourself: What am I buying this for?  Do I really need to know the grade of the hill?  Heart rate?  Energy output?  If the answers are yes, and I do understand this thinking, this would not be useful for you.  There are many brands, including NiteRider, that make other more expensive bicycle computers with all the details you might be looking for to help you be a faster, more efficient bicyclist.  If you're a comfortable rider like me, this will suffice and more.

Tune to head out with...by The Rolling Stones...in their early days.