Sunday, September 21, 2008


I'm somewhat of a numbers fetishist. I derive mild amusement from something as simple as watching my monthly mileage meter turn over 222.22 miles. Or even 131.31. Yeah, I'm easily amused.

So, it was significant, or at least amusing, that I turned over 123,456 miles on September 21, 2008 (today).

That's cumulative miles, since I started tracking and logging bicycle miles back in 1986. And I didn't actually get to see the odometer roll over on that number. I've probably worn out 4 or 5 bike computers since '85, and I reset 'em to zero at the beginning of each year anyway. But I've kept a month-by-month log of miles ridden, as well as a cumulative total. And I've watched that 123,456 thing approaching for a couple months now.


Anonymous said...

Bikeboy I'm thinking of getting a basic bike computer. I'm only interested in speed and mileage. Do you have any recommendations?

Bikeboy said...

I've ALWAYS used a Cateye computer (usually with just the basic functions, although I tried one with cadence for awhile).

They are small and inexpensive, have been very reliable for me, and the battery lasts for years and years. As of a few years ago, they auto-start and auto-stop, too.

I think my first one cost $80 or something outrageous. They're way less nowadays.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you have had success with Cateye. The one I have been considering is their basic model which costs about $20. Thanks for the input.

db said...

I've got Cateyes on mine as well. Have had very few issues with them, while other brands (mostly wireless) have not been as reliable.

Apertome said...

Congrats on reaching that huge milestone. Very impressive.

I also have a Cateye computer on my road bike, and I've had no trouble with it. However I have lost two on my mountain bike -- they have popped out of their bracket while riding. Even though they have an "Enduro" model that's intended for mountain biking, I've found them to be insufficiently rugged for my needs.

Bikeboy said...

I've been using the "Enduro" model on my (touring) bike for the last 5 or 6 years, Apertome. (I damaged the sensor wire and thought I'd have to replace the base... but I jerry-rigged the old one and it's worked fine for 3 years or so.)

You must be doing some pretty serious and sudden G-force changes, to pop it out of the base! (Do you hear the audible "click" when it locks into place? Mine is relatively hard to get off the base!)

Anonymous said...

Bikeboy, I purchased the Cateye Enduro model this weekend (with my 20% off coupon at REI). I can already tell that it will add a new dimension to my bike riding experience.

Looking at the owners manual I see the operating range of temperatures is 32 to 104 degrees F. Over the years have you had any problems when when the temperatures in Boise go below or above that range?