I have a KH 36" with T-Bar and I’ve been considering getting a cycle computer for it. I don’t know much about cycle computers or using it with a unicycle. I’ve been doing some research and looking at the Garmin Edge 130 Plus and that looks like it might be suitable. I noticed it has a speed sensor that goes on the hub and I’m just looking for a way to mount it to my handle bars.
Does anyone have any advice for me on what I should look for or how to best mount it? Since these are primarily designed to be used on bikes. Anyone using the 130 for unicycling?
That’s very helpful thanks lightbulbjim, I’m thinking I’d like to mount mine right on the T as where you have yours at the moment is where my bell sits. I guess I could move the bell but I’ve gotten used to where it is. Is the setup pretty simple for a unicycle or is there some specific things I need to be aware of?
Personally I really want a speed sensor as having a speedo on my uni would be handy. So far the only thing bothering me about my bike computer research is it seems the industry hasn’t yet made the migration to USB-C. The only one I could find is the Omata One but not a fan of that unit maybe I’ll just have to deal with using micro USB for it.
I use the 130 on my 29 and 36. Mounting on the tbar is easy. As a speed display I found it too erratic, almost unusable. Adding the speed sensor solved that. I also use the cadence sensor tied to my shoe. I dont want or need any mapping or navigation functions but wouldnt bother with them on such a small screen. Downside to the 130 is small numbers can be hard to read but I’m not yet willing to take my glasses riding. It has survived many UPDs but dropping on the floor at home cracked the screen, still works but not repairable. Sync to Strava works ok, battery life not great so I always charge after each ride.
I’ve never had a bike computer but I like my smart watch. You can have GPS and map everything with strava, apps to tell you when to turn, answer phone calls on it, check your heart rate, see how long you’ve been riding and much more. You can also see your current speed at any point in time too.
Also you’ll always remember to bring it with you no matter which uni you ride…
More expensive solution: Smartphone and Strava (or other GPS-based fitness app). My wife uses Strava with her Samsung Gear watch, and it works well for her. She’s trying to work on her cadence now, and we’ve just bought a standalone Cadence sensor, which we haven’t set up yet. It should talk to Strava, but she needs to see the number while she’s riding, so we might get a small device to display that, or she can mount her phone on her recumbent.
I use Strava with my Apple Watch. While I carry my phone with me anyway, recording the ride on my watch makes it easy for me to look at how fast I’m going, etc. This is quite useful for me. Then the app keept track of all the riding details, including totaling up all your miles/kms and other statistical data if you’re interested in that.
I don’t believe the Strava app will connect to sensors, has not for a while. The data is supported but you need another device to record the trip, like a GPS. Does the Gear connect to a cadence sensor?
Didn’t know it phased out! I had a Wahoo heart monitor for a while, and it worked sooooo bad with Strava that I ended up throwing it away! It kept disconnecting and was super annoying. Wish I had known, I would have stored it until it came back, hopefully with better support!
Bruce is right. I’m reading the product package and forgetting what I read the other day on the Strava site. They have apparently given up trying to be compatible with a myriad of third party devices because it was causing problems for a small percentage of users. So looks like it will be about mounting her phone on the bike. Not crazy about subjecting a smartphone to all the vibrations the bike’s frame will experience…
I use a Meilan mini gps. Wireless usb rechargeable .bought on amazon $25. Small fits my T bar set up and takes very little space. Nice easy to read display. bracket mounts with 2 zip ties, the unit easily clips in and out of bracket. Records speed, distance elevation, max speed, average speed, time riding and keeps track accumulated mileage. Simple and accurate. Perfect for unicycling.
I currently use strava on my smartphone but I want something that will display the speed in real time. Strava will only do so if you’re subscribed not to mention my phone is a little too large to mount on the uni frame and potential UPD’s may not be good for it. I also can’t really spare the battery to use my phone as a speedo.
I’m leaning towards a 130plus at the moment still doing some more research before I pull the pin. Not sure if I want a watch yet. Anyone used both a watch and bike PC?
In addition to my Meilan mini gps comment. I looked long and hard before buying this. Before hand I was using my phone mounted on my t.bar and map my ride. A bit over kill for me. I wanted essentially a speedometer to tell me how fast and how far I’m going. I have it positioned where I can glance while I’m riding to give me that info on demand with out pushing buttons or swiping a screen.
Picked up a Garmin 130 Plus and a Cadence & Speed Sensor. So far it’s working as well as my phone using strava but the real time speed is still off. I’ve played around with the sensor and set the wheel circumference to 2890mm which I came to by rolling my wheel next to a tape measure. However it still reports my speed at around 10-12 k/hr and I know I’m going at least 15-16 k/hr.
I’m using a Niterider 36" tyre what did everyone else set their wheel size to?