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Cateye TL-LD610 Rear Bicycle Light

The long days of summer have passed and a lot of us now find ourselves still out on the road when the sun has gone down. Without a good taillight it is hard for motorists to see cyclists on the road (and it doesn’t help that some cyclists ride in black gear at night). Fortunately, there are many good bicycle taillights on the market and Cateye, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cycling products, has several great taillights and they are available at almost any bike shop in America. The Cateye LD610 Taillight is an affordable taillight that should suit the needs of most cyclists.

Cateye TL-LD610 Rear Bicycle Light

Cateye TL-LD610 Rear Bicycle Light

The Cateye LD610 Taillight has five bright LED lights and is powered by two AAA batteries. This taillight has four different operating modes (constant on, flashing, random, and side-to-side). Cateye claims the batteries will last up to 30 hours in constant mode or 60 hours in flashing mode—I have found this to be accurate in warm weather, but battery life in cold weather always suffers.

There are three things that make the Cateye LD610 worthy of your consideration. First, it has a tool-free universal bracket that should fit on just about any bike. Second, the mounting bracket allows for either horizontal or vertical mounting. Third, the side-to-side light pattern is one of the most effective light patterns I’ve seen on a taillight.

The Cateye LD610 is well-built and the batteries are easy to change (some taillights make changing batteries a real pain). I need to point out that when I ride at night I always use two taillights. Batteries die, mounting brackets break and anything attached to your bike can fall off.

The Cateye LD610 Taillight retails for $25, but it appears as though the LD610 has now been replaced by the LD650 so you might have to look for it on Amazon.com. Since I have not used the LD650 myself I can’t recommend it (yet), but after looking at the tech specs I have to believe it is even better than the LD610.

 

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CatEye Vectra Wireless Bike Computer (CC-VT100W)

The CatEye Vectra Wireless Bike Computer is a five-function entry-level bicycle computer (cyclocomputer) that does exactly what is it intended to do.

CatEye Vectra Wireless Bike Computer (CC-VT100W)

CatEye Vectra Wireless Bike Computer

Before I review this product I need to explain a few things first. I use Abvio Cyclemeter, an iPhone app, to record every ride I take and I keep my iPhone in my back jersey pocket during the entire ride. There are products you can buy that allow you to mount an iPhone on your handlebars, but if you keep your iPhone display turned on during a five-hour ride your battery will run dry long before you get home. I also don’t like that thought of having a rather expensive iPhone sitting on the handlebars—it seems like it would be in the perfect spot for total disaster if I crash.

In addition to the Abvio Cyclemeter I use a Garmin Edge 205 GPS on three of my bikes. My fourth bike has a CatEye Vectra Wireless Bike Computer mounted on it. Can you guess why I don’t just get another Garmin mounting bracket for my fourth bike? Well, I ride all year-long, even when the temperatures drop to around zero. I’ve had three different Garmin GPS units and they have all stopped working during winter rides—their batteries just lose power in cold weather (sometimes in less than 45 minutes). Once the GPS unit warms up again everything is fine, but I just can’t use a GPS unit on my handlebars during the winter.

Last winter I got tired of having my GPS die during a ride, so I bought my first CatEye Vectra Wireless Bike Computer, and I am sure that when my current Garmin GPS dies I will replace it with a CatEye Vectra. Since all the data about my ride is being recorded on my iPhone I just need the basic information displayed on a handlebar unit. Not only that, but I think Garmin products are seriously overpriced and their customer support is horrible. Their GPS units are not bad, but the software they use is an abomination.

The CatEye Vectra Wireless Bike Computer only has five basic functions (Speed, Maximum Speed, Distance, Odometer, and Clock). These functions are all displayed (or changed) by touching one rather large button. The unit comes with one standard mount that will work with either a stem and handlebar set-up. The two most common complaints about this unit are that it lacks an average speed reading and it does not give the elapsed time. These complaints are valid, but then again, this is a basic unit—it was never intended to do everything!

I was able to install this unit in about eight minutes, but I’ve installed several products like this before. I think a total novice could install it in under 15 minutes because the instructions are very easy to follow. True to its name, this unit is wireless. A small magnet is placed on your spokes and it communicates with a sensor you place on the front fork, and then the sensor relays the information to your Vectra Computer. This past winter I rode with this unit for over 400 miles on my snow bike, and the Vectra held up well though all the mud, snow, ice and road salt I took it through.

The CatEye Vectra Wireless Bike Computer (CC-VT100W) retails for around $45, but you can purchase it from Amazon.com for $39 and that price includes free shipping.

 
 

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Abvio Cyclemeter iPhone App

Abvio Cyclemeter iPhone App

Abvio Cyclemeter iPhone App

Last year I bought five or six GPS apps for my iPhone and was constantly disappointed—until I got Cyclemeter by Abvio. It’s not that Cyclemeter is just better than the other GPS apps, but it is so far advanced than the other apps that it doesn’t even belong in the same class.

Cyclemeter is the most user-friendly app you will find and it is easy to customize to suit your needs. I have mine set to “talk” to me every mile—a female voice interrupts my music to tell me my current average speed and elapsed time. You can have a lot of other information spoken to you, but this is all I need while I’m on the road. I ride with an Apple headphone so I can listen to music, but I cut off one of the earbuds (and wrapped the end with electrical tape) so I can still hear approaching cars (and dogs).

As soon as I finish my ride I click the stop button and Cyclemeter automatically sends an email to my wife and best friend to tell them all about my ride (miles, average speed, and a link to a map of my route). Again, there are many other options available, but this is I need. Cyclemeter also sends this information to my calendar application (iCal) so I can view the data on any of my desktop computers (all synced with Apple’s MobileMe, soon to be iCloud). You can also have your information published directly to Facebook or Twitter.

How accurate is Cyclemeter? As far as distance is concerned, it is incredibly accurate. Over the course of a 50 mile ride Cyclemeter will differ from my Garmin Edge 205 by less than a quarter of a mile. Part of this difference is due to the way I have my Garmin set up—any time I am traveling under 5 MPH the Garmin considers me to be stopped (this is a user controlled option). Accuracy for fastest speed is a different matter—the Cyclemeter app is never even close. This is the fault of Apple’s location services, not the Cyclemeter app. If you are really concerned about recording your fastest speed for each ride I would buy a cheap wireless bike computer (like the Cateye Vectra Wireless). If Apple ever fixes their location services for the iPhone this problem would be solved.

I have owned three different Garmin GPS units for my bikes and am certain I will never purchase a Garmin product again. It’s not just that Garmin units are overpriced, but their software stinks. Garmin has always treated Macintosh users (like me) as second class citizens and their customer support is miserable. By way of contrast, customer support at Abvio is among the best I have ever seen at any software company. A few months ago had a problem with Cyclemeter because of a conflict with iOS 4.3 for iPhone (the problem is now resolved). When I wrote to Abvio about the problem one of their tech guys, Kevin Wallace, spent a LOT of time with me getting the problem taken care of. The service was first-class and a lot more than anyone could have reasonably expected.

Cyclemeter requires an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, or an iPhone 4. The app is only $4.99 and is available for immediate download via iTunes. Folks, if this app sold for $50 it would still be worth every penny. At $4.99 it is a steal!

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2011 in Product Reviews

 

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