Cycling: some useful accessories

When chosing a bike

Good Bike additions

How to Install

The only trick to the installation is that you MUST get the magnet (attach it to a front-wheel spoke) close enough (within a millimeter, according to the instructions I got) to the sensor (attach it to a front fork) — but don't get them too close or they'll collide, thereby destroying the business end of your gadget!

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Open up the box and look at the bits.
  2. I know you don't want to do this, but it will save you SO much grief: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!
  3. Put the battery (comes with) into the computer and follow the quick-setup instructions. You'll need to know how big your front wheel is: the instructions have a HANDY table for converting standard diameters to millimeters. If your diameter is not on the table, well, good thing you are good at math.
  4. Now, just to check you've got a live system, before you attach anything to the bike, clip the computer into the mounting bracket; wave the magnet back and forth close to the sensor: you will see the "speed" number increase temporarily. This is a good step because you can see from this that you have to be REALLY close to get a reading.
  5. Mount the sensor on the inside of a front fork.
  6. Mount the magnet on a spoke; place it so that when you spin the tire, the magnet passes close enough to the sensor: from being a smarty-pants and doing step 4, you know how close that is — and that it's REALLY close.
  7. Mount the computer bracket on the handlebars and insert the computer.
  8. Tie the wire (from sensor to computer) away from possible interference with brakes, shift cables, rotating tire, etc.
  9. Test drive this baby — fun, huh!

Stretching for Cyclists

Check The runner's yoga book : a balanced approach to fitness by Jean M. Couch.

Excellent stretches including good ones for bicycling, in particularly: