Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cateye Vectra Wireless Speedometer Quickie Review

I ran this Cateye Vectra first on the Brompton then on the Downtube. I bought it in February 2009 and just recently it started messing up. I could hear the magnet clicking on every turn of the wheel, but it would not register as a revolution on the main unit. At first I thought it was the battery so I replaced that (both on the main unit and the wheel sensor). That didn’t solve the problem.

I thought maybe that my cell phone was interfering with the signal transmission, but a few rides without my cell proved that theory wrong. I finally figured out that the unit had to be closer to the wheel sensor. The main unit needed to be nearer about an extra three to six inches. I don’t know why this Cateye started putting out a weaker signal all of a sudden.

Needless to say I couldn’t bring the unit closer to the wheel sensor unless I brought the handlebars down considerably. Or, install some 12” wheels on the Downtube, ha-ha.

I can’t recommend this Cateye Vectra. It lasted about 1 year and 8 months. Cateye supposedly makes good quality units. It was pricey, too. MSRP is/was $40 but I paid $35 for it on sale.


Yokota Fritz said...

I own this cyclocomputer and the cheaper "Strada," and they're nothing but trouble :-( Odd speed readings (frequent max speed of 60+ MPH, for example), and -- like you experienced -- significant periods where the receiver doesn't pick up any signal at all.

Anonymous said...

Hi - I came across your blog today... I live in Arlington also, and have a Brompton bike. :) I got it in July and enjoy it. I flew to London a month or so ago and participated in the Brompton World Championship race. :) Drop me a line if you'd like to chat about Bromptons. I also have a Bike Friday folding bike that I use for bike tours... Charmaine