The Protege 9.0 Wireless Bike Computer can keep track of important biking stats for up to two bikes. These stats include:
All stats can be reset by going into the computer’s programming mode, however; a simple reset feature only resets ride stats like ride time, min/max/avg speed, trip odometer.
The package comes with everything you need for one bike including batteries (two – one for the transmitter, one for the computer). For about $33 from Amazon, it’s a great deal!
The package contains the computer, a wheel magnet, and the transmitter. The package provides the necessary items for one bike only. I had to buy a separate transmitter for the second bike. This was about $22.
Installation was a breeze. The most important part of the installation is getting the magnet and the transmitter to line up correctly. The transmitter mounts to the front fork and the magnet mounts to a spoke on the front wheel. As the bicycle wheel rotates, the magnet passes by the transmitter, triggering the transmitter to relay this information to the computer. From this, the computer can derive speed and distance by timing the magnetic “pulses”. For the Protege to work properly, the magnet must pass the transmitter within a clearance of no more than 2mm. This is tight when compared to other computers I’ve researched. I didn’t have any problem though. The transmitter offers a lot of flexibility and fine-tuning to get the clearance right. On two bikes I was able to accomplish this quite easily.
Once the hardware is mounted, the computer must be configured for each bike’s wheel size. This is important to recording proper speed and distance measurements. The computer readily accepts many standard wheel sizes, or, you can do a manual configuration. Manual configuration is accomplished by rolling your bike’s front tire one complete revolution on the ground and measuring the distance between the starting point and ending point of the revolution. The measured distance is then entered into the computer.
I gave the computer a test run of about 12 miles. The unit performed flawlessly. Mileage seemed to track accurately according to trail mileage markers. I can’t attest to the speed accuracy, except to say that I can assume it’s accurate based on the mileage calculation. Both are derived from the wheel size. This past weekend, I also took it on a 50 mile trek to and from Valley Forge National Park. Again it performed flawlessly. In one area I passed under some high powered electrical lines and I have heard that this can cause the units to go a bit loopy and glitch, but I had no such problem.
For about $33, I think the Protege is a great deal. It was one of the only low-priced computers that actually measure the outside temperature. The temp guage was suceptible to direct sunlight, quickly registering a warmer temperature as the unit’s case heated up. In shade this is not a problem. This was the only fault I could find. The wireless feature is nice too, giving the installation a cleaner look. Overall, it’s a great value that’s hard to beat.
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