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L7Josh
08-07-2009, 6:28 PM
For under $115 you can purchase a Garmin foretrax 101 this unit is capable of giving ground speed, distance, and heading. The key for me was speed. Most speedometers on the market today are usually digital and just dont seem to look right on my bike so i wanted something that could be removed and was accurate. This unit does all that i require and more. intalling is super easy and takes only a few minutes
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/IMG_2186-1.jpg

once out of the box you see it comes with a wrist strap so you can secure it to your bike using traditional velcro.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/IMG_2188.jpg

The unit takes 2 AAA batteries which are located in the back.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/IMG_2190.jpg

My risers are not supper thick so i needed to put something to fill the gap and chose to use a drink coozie i had which is convienent for the next party i ride to!

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/IMG_2192.jpg

L7Josh
08-07-2009, 6:30 PM
next strap to you bike.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/IMG_2193.jpg

then you need to power the unit up. This needs to be done outside with a good view of the sky so the satellites can be aquired.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/IMG_2194.jpg

Once the Sats are picked up it gives you a measurement as to how accurate it is i have had this as accurate as 5 ft. The first time you start it up it takes around 20 minutes then any other time its around 2 minutes for me thats as long as my bike needs to warm up anyway.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/IMG_2195.jpg

you can scroll through the pages and get distance traveled and a standard compass setting

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/IMG_2196.jpg

L7Josh
08-07-2009, 6:30 PM
and the speedometer display is large and accurate i have had it up to 110.3 with no problem with a buddy riding next to me with a stock speedo to check.
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/IMG_2197.jpg

so for under $120 bucks your into a GPS that also works as a Speedometer and a Tripometer which is pretty valuable in my book. For night riding it is equipped with a orange back light that will stay on for a minute at a time by pressing the power button. Im happy with the unit and its nice to be able to take it off and put it in your pocket when your not around. So now that your done all you have left to do is...

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/IMG_2198.jpg

KrOwN
08-07-2009, 7:37 PM
looks great!!! got any nighttime pics of the backlighting?

BigDawg
08-07-2009, 9:12 PM
That's actually a great idea. My speedo is pretty much useless anyway.

L7Josh
08-07-2009, 9:31 PM
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/joshgilbow/photo-2.jpg
crappy photo but you get the point.

boogieman
08-07-2009, 9:42 PM
I got something similar. Look for bicycle training gps. I got one on ebay, think it was about $90. It came with a water bottle, how useful lol.

Anyway, it is along the same line, but it comes with a handlebar mount. They will mount to 7/8" or 1" bars, and there are a couple adapters for different angles.

The thing I like about gps, they are clean looking with no cables. Plus it confuses people, they don't know what it is. Sort of a conversation piece.

FlyingEyeBall
08-08-2009, 2:54 AM
Good idea Josh.

RAM mounts also work really sweet for securing a GPS or any other type gear to your bars.

http://www.gpsmart.ca/usrimage/ram-b-149z-ga12u.jpg

I also use an AQUABOX on top of my RAM mount.

http://www.themountdepot.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/ram-b-149z-aq2u.jpg

It keeps my Nuvi 5000 nice and dry and the clear cover is flexible so you can still use your gizmo when locked away.

oldeironcycleworks
08-09-2009, 8:38 AM
the garmin is a great idea but but for the guys on here who cant afford it like me, go to walmart and get the little red and silver schwinn speedo its like $9.88 and is acurate up to 99.9 miles per hour and has a trip meter, average speed, odometer, and a clock.
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n68/jimmygross/schwinn.jpg

xharleyx
08-09-2009, 9:43 PM
the garmin is a great idea but but for the guys on here who cant afford it like me, go to walmart and get the little red and silver schwinn speedo its like $9.88 and is acurate up to 99.9 miles per hour and has a trip meter, average speed, odometer, and a clock.
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n68/jimmygross/schwinn.jpg

what the hell? i looked at my wal-mart and couldnt find one of these but im going to order one. thats awsome

oldeironcycleworks
08-10-2009, 2:50 PM
hmm thats odd.. i was in the bicycle section in walmart getting a new tube for my 20in and right there it was.. maybe check a super walmart or something? or possibly egay..

earz
08-11-2009, 2:31 AM
after reading this the gears in my head started turning. The iPhone has GPS and I found several free or very cheap apps for a speedometer.

I might order one of these and strap it on
http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/mrf/Arkon_IPM127_Angle.jpg

But the $10 bicycle speedo is looking rather appealing as well - and if it falls off you're not out a couple hundred bucks.

NHMike
08-11-2009, 4:54 AM
Any idea what happens during ht einstances that you may hit over 100? I was thinking of getting one of these for the Odometer but I do, on occasion, go above the 100 MPH mark.


the garmin is a great idea but but for the guys on here who cant afford it like me, go to walmart and get the little red and silver schwinn speedo its like $9.88 and is acurate up to 99.9 miles per hour and has a trip meter, average speed, odometer, and a clock.
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n68/jimmygross/schwinn.jpg

oldeironcycleworks
08-11-2009, 7:26 AM
if you go over 100 it doesnt hurt it or anything, it just makes it jump from to random numbers and do crazy things, but once you slow back down it gos back to normal.

L7Josh
08-13-2009, 4:59 PM
ive always heard that bicycle speedometers just roll over at 100 because there is no third digit so 105 mph would just read 05. i could never get the damn magnets to work right or not get thrown off after 6 miles or so.

TroyFab
08-13-2009, 8:20 PM
I like it, no wires!

lvvato
08-13-2009, 8:29 PM
Does the Wal-Mart one illuminate as well?

clay
08-15-2009, 10:17 PM
Any idea what happens during ht einstances that you may hit over 100? I was thinking of getting one of these for the Odometer but I do, on occasion, go above the 100 MPH mark.

the speedo explodes at 100mph. better wear eye protection

eightthirtysixcc
08-15-2009, 10:30 PM
Finger in the wind