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I have been watching some Cateye Micro CC-MC100W wireless bike computers on ebay. The unit had great reviews on Amazon! I set up a snipe bid on one, but it was bid up to over $28 before the snipe took place. That was higher then I was willing to pay because of an $8 shipping charge. Oh well. I went ahead, and did a buy-it-now for $27.50, with a $7 shipping. I added $2 for insurance. The bike computer is new in box. I am excited to get the bike computer. It will be a little different than my old Cateye bike computer. The old one was wired, and the wheel sensor was on the back wheel. This newer unit doesn’t have a cadence sensor, but that it not a big deal for me. But the wheel sensor mounts on the front fork, instead of the chainstay.

I got home for work, and took my bike out for it’s second run. I rode down the hill, jumped on the Trolley Trail, followed it all the way to the end at Pannell Rd. I did stop along the way to talk to a geocacher. Then I rode the trail back the other way getting off at Ayrault Rd. Along the way, I stopped to adjust my seat a little higher. And then again. Then I figured out the seat was very slowly sinking. I released the clamp, tightened it a little bit, adjusted the seat, and then locked the clamp down. That seemed to do the trick. I stopped in at Clawsons Deli, and picked up a couple large subs. I used my new cable lock while I was inside. Very nice. Clawsons has great subs, and great pizzas too. But it would be hard to bring home a pizza on my bike. I tucked the two subs into my jacket, and rode back up the hill. Man that hill is steep. I was in low gear all the way up. The subs were flopping back and forth inside my jacket. I am feeling it a little bit in quads.
Not sure how far I rode all together. I am guessing somewhere between 5 and 10 miles. I wish I had a bike computer hooked up. I stopped in at a local bike shop and looked at bike computers. They had some different brands including Cateye and Specialized. They were a little expensive. The Cateye Micro (wireless) was close to $50. I am watching a couple Cateye bike computers on eBay. Maybe I will bid and win one.

Before I left my old Trek road bike in Washington when moving to New York, I removed the Cateye Micro CC-6000 bike computer, and carefully packed it into it’s original box. The unit was kind of expensive back then, so I wanted to save it for when I got a new bike.
Finally 13 years later, I bought a new bike…a Diamondback mountain bike. Last night, I went to hook up my old Cateye cyclocomputer. I managed to hook up the main computer part to the handle bars, and the cadence sensor to the chainstay. But when I went to hook up the wheel sensor to the rear part of the chain stay, the diameter of the chainstay tube was too large for the sensor mounting part to wrap around. I may try to call Cateye later today and see if they have any suggestions. My guess is that the best solution would to buy a newer model of Cateye. But hopefully the newer models will have a better mounting system they will accomodate the larger diameter frame tubes found on modern mountain bikes. I might be able to modify the wheel sensor mounting mechanism, so that I can attach it using a zip-tie.

After having problems installing the bracket for the Master bike lock so that the lock can actually slide into place for storage, I returned it. I looked through the other bike locks that they had, and chose a Kryptonite bike lock. It has a keyed lock instead of a combination lock, mean I will have to carry a key with me. I am wondering if I should have maybe gotten a bike lock with a heavier cable. Kryptonite on their website lists the type of cable I got as “Perfect for Quick Release Component and Accessory Lock-Up!” It looks like the prefered type lock is the U-Lock. The problem I have with a U-Lock, is it maybe be more difficult to find something to lock the bike to. Also, I would have to remove the front wheel every time, so I could lock it up also. Of course how often am I going to be locking it up. Maybe I should have both a U-Lock, and a cable.

It is getting darker earlier and earlier. Pretty soon it will be dark when I get to work, and dark when I leave. It would be nice to at least have the option of riding a little at night.
I looked at a bunch of lights. Two brands seem to stand out: Cateye and Planet Bike. I debated about going with a bright light (xenon), or a long lasting light (LED). I seriously considered the Cateye HL-EL500. I love the idea of having a light that will last many hours. But I was concerned that the 1000 candlepower of light output might not be enough. And it sounded like the light was a focuses beam that might make navigation difficult. A reviewer for that light suggested the Planet Bike 5000X. The Planet Bike light has two levels of output, either 3000 or 5000 candlepower. The batteries will last 3-4 hours on the 3000 setting, or 1.5-2 hours on the higher setting. But I think with the higher light output, I might be more comfortable riding on some trails. I was on the fence between the two units, but finally swung me was that the Planet Bike 5000X was about half the price of the Cateye HL-EL500. So I ordered the Planet Bike light. I will need to remember to bring some extra batteries, or get a small LED light as a back up.

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