How to Install a Cateye Bike Computer

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How to Install a Cateye Bike Computer
The cycle computer is mounted in the middle of the handlebars. (woman on a bicycle image by Wimbledon from Fotolia.com)

Cycle computers give riders a wealth of data. The riders can then take this information and use it to improve their training or overall riding habits. The computer can monitor and record cadence, as well as reporting speed, time, and in some cases, heart rate. This can allow riders to train smarter, without necessarily having to train harder. The key to installing a Cateye computer is to get the sensors lined up correctly and securely.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Bike
  • Cateye computer, including the mounting hardware in the box
  • Screwdriver
  • Wire cutters

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Tighten the supplied screw into the wheel sensor magnet to attach the magnet to the spokes on the rear wheel. The sensor magnet attaches just above where two spokes cross, near the hub of the wheel.

  2. 2

    Place the rubber pad on the inside of the shorter sensor band. Thread the longer band into the opening on the short sensor band. Adjust the length so that the screws that fasten the bands are parallel when mounted to the chain stay.

  3. 3

    Mount the bands and receiver to the chain stay temporarily with the supplied screws. Align the centre of the magnet attached to the spokes and the sensor marking line on the sensor receiver. There should be 1mm of clearance between the two pieces. Tighten both into place when aligned correctly. Cut the excess material from the long band with wire cutters.

  4. 4

    Attach the cadence sensor magnet, if part of your Cateye computer, on the inside of the left crank, away from the pedal. Attach the sensor receiver to the front area of the left chain stay, with the supplied bands and rubber pad. Connect the bands, with the longer one going through the tab on the shorter one. Place the rubber strip inside the shorter one.

  5. 5

    Align the sensor receiver on the chain stay so that there is 1mm of clearance between the magnet and the receiver. Cut excess material away with the wire cutters.

  6. 6

    Clamp the wires to the frame with the supplied wire mounting tape. Wrap the wire around the outer cable coming up to the handle bars, leaving enough slack so that the wire does not interfere with handle bar operation. If using a wireless unit, disregard this step.

  7. 7

    Mount the bracket for the display unit, using the rubber pads, if necessary. This is determined by the thickness of the handle bars. If the unit bracket is too loose, add the right pad so the bracket can be securely fastened. Screw into place with the supplied screw. Slide the display unit into place until it clicks and test that the computer is reporting data by spinning the wheels or riding the bike.

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