Easton-Bell Sports once again proves to be a leader in sports equipment by presenting cycling enthusiasts with this smart and durable 12 function bike computer, the Bell Dashboard 100. Track important biking statistics while getting in shape. Enhance future training adventures with many great features and benefits without breaking the bank. It seems like a great proposition.
Simple Components to Get Started
The Bell Cyclocomputer comes with the following components: computer unit, mounting bracket (with sensor), magnet, computer battery (1.5 volt/LR1130), and 4 cable ties. This system is not wireless like some more expensive offerings, instead there is a magnet and sensor relaying data to the computer. Simply attach the provided magnet to the outside of the front wheel. After securing the magnet, place the sensor on the right fork and use 2 cable ties to secure. Lastly, install the mounting bracket and computer on the handlebars while securing with the 2 remaining ties. For optimum results, ensure the main unit is placed directly over the sensor.
Multi-Function Technology for the beginner
Bell has loaded this cycling CPU with a ton of value through 12 important functions. Functions include: your current speed, your average speed, maximum speed, odometer, trip distance, trip timer, 12- and 24- hour clock, kilometers and miles per hour, auto start/stop, scan, and distance. While the feature set may not be the broadest out there, it is more than adequate for basic needs (check latest prices at amazon.com).
Setting the Computer Is Simple
First off, set the wheel value based on the size of your tire. This is a 4 digit code that can be found in the user’s manual. Once the proper value has been found, press and hold the left and right button for 2 seconds. The pre-set value of “2124” should appear with the “4” flashing. Press the right button until the flashing digit is at proper value. Press the left button to move on to the next digit. Repeat the sequence until the correct number has been entered.
Next up, choose between kilometers or miles. Use the right button to choose preferred denomination and then the left button to lock it in. Time of day is always nice to know when cruising. To set time press left button for 3 seconds to get a flashing “24” hour symbol. Press the right button to choose between civilian and military time. Press left to finalize selection. Again, use the right button to select hour, left button to confirm and repeat for minutes, lock in with the left button when complete. Programming is now complete. Test the computer by spinning the wheel, which should activate the speed tendency icon in the top left corner.
Easy Troubleshooting Tips
In the rare occurrence the computer does not appear to function correctly, finding the problem at hand is quite convenient. If there is no data reading it may be a simple case of replacing the battery or making sure the magnet and sensor are properly aligned. A slow data response could be the victim of too much hot or cold weather. Safe operating temperatures will fall between 32-140°F. In most cases the culprit for improper performance will be a battery issue or incorrect sensor alignment.
Compatible with a Variety of Bikes
Whether your preferred beast of choice is road, mountain or stationary bike, the Bell Cyclocomputer has it covered. Road bikes tire sizes can range from 20-28″. This allows for many different body types. Mountain bike tires typically can be accommodated from 24 to 29″, allowing for flexibility in diverse terrain. Most stationary bikes will work, but make sure the cycle you are training on has spokes. Due to the magnet/sensor placement, this is imperative. Without a spoke it will be difficult to mount the magnet.
For under $15 you cannot really go wrong. For value and satisfaction, Bell-Easton Sports delivers every time. It may not be the most extravagant cycling computer out there, but it deserves a solid 3/5 stars.