Cateye Micro Computer (CC-MC200W) – First Impressions

Santa brought me a GPS this year but I still like to have a computer on my bike. At the moment I only use the GPS to claim Audax Altitude points or for venturing into foreign parts, otherwise the simplicity of a bike computer suits me fine. I have had a spell of breaking things recently – a front light bounced off and smashed, my sunglasses snapped in half as I was putting them on, and, last week, my trusty Cateye Micro bounced off its mount and smashed. I'd been perfectly happy with it and intended to replace it with another of the same but I discovered that there is now a new improved version. The mark 2 allows you to display three lots of information rather than the previous two. Time of day and current speed plus another of your choice. Displaying time, speed and distance seemed ideal and, to clinch the deal, it is available in a nice shade of blue!

Computer

I was a bit dubious about buying this as the reviews on the internet were very mixed, some people were happy with it, others were very critical. One of the main criticisms was that the stopwatch function that enables you to time sections of your ride seperately from the overall ride time was very difficult to use. I can't imagine that I will ever want to use this function so that was not an issue for me. I haven't tried it so I can't comment. Other criticisms suggested that it was difficult to set up and that the buttons were too small to operate effectively.

The instructions are the usual Cateye leaflet that opens up to the size of a small tablecloth and that, at first sight, looks incomprehensible. Working my way through I found it fairly easy to set time, tyre size and measurement unit (mph or km/h). It took me longer to work out how to input the odometer reading (my favourite function) but that was largely my own fault for not following the instructions closely enough. It was neither more nor less difficult to set up than any other bike computer I've had. The sensor attaches to the fork with cable ties and the computer mount attaches with the same type of click fix system that Cateye use for their lights. Simple!

The buttons to set up the computer are on the back of the unit, they are a little small but not excessively so. The buttons on the front are tiny – 2 dots at either side and a tiny button in the middle giving the impression that it will be very difficult to operate. This is not the case. Functions are in fact controlled by the buttons on the back of the unit, pressing the little dots causes it to rock slightly in the mount and activate the back button. Effectively the whole unit acts as a control button – press down on either of the bottom corners or lift either of the top corners to scroll through the functions. To reset hold down the bottom corner and the middle button for two seconds. I've found it easier to operate than the previous model.

I've only had it a week but so far I am very happy with it. The display is clear and easy to read and I can see mileage and time of day simultaneously. Its easy to look at your watch in summer but its not so easy when its buried under your jacket sleeve and the cuff of your glove! I've found it very easy to operate and its looks are excellent.

Computer 2

10 comments on “Cateye Micro Computer (CC-MC200W) – First Impressions”

  1. Patrick wrote:

    You've done it again Hilary – another accessory that perfectly matches your bike!

    Compared to a GPS unit, bike computers last a lot longer battery-wise (I haven't used one for a few years though).

  2. Kern wrote:

    When researching, prior to our first bike tour, we read a comment about bike computers: they will always break when you most want them. Mary reminds me of this constantly.

    Other than the Garmin we got for Lady CoMo, I stopped using bike computers two years ago and have not missed them.

    It was neither more nor less difficult to set up than any other bike computer I've had.

    In other words, it was a pain in the neck to set up, and if your settings ever go out of whack because you pressed the wrong buttons you need to spread out the tablecloth again to reset everything :) .

    I must say, it does suit Roberta very well.

  3. Patrick wrote:

    ... I stopped using bike computers two years ago and have not missed them ... a pain in the neck to set up ...

    That applies to me too I'm afraid, or Sandra actually. I bought her a Cateye wireless computer well over a year ago and although it is on her bike neither of us has had the willpower to set it up*.

    I have learned to use my Garmin GPS and pretty much bottomed it out (so to speak) but I use it only when I go somewhere I've not ridden before and want to record the trip.

    *Of course this 'instruction barrier' doesn't only apply to bike computers but just about every electronic/digital device one can think of: TV and video, cameras and phones, white goods, car dashboards etc. The frustration with bike computers is that you must read up and do the setup for it even to begin to work whereas with others you can get by with the 'on' button and basic functions. Sandra never reads the manual for anything.

  4. Hilary wrote:

    They are a bit of a pain to set up (as is everything electronic as you say) but it is really pretty simple. The instructions look intimidating but they are fairly straightforward and once its set up you don't need to touch it again until the battery needs replacing in a year or so's time. I have to admit I never bother to change the time when the clocks change – I just rely on remembering that for 6 months of the year its an hour out!

    I really like having a computer but then I am a bit obsessive about logging my mileage! :roll: I like to see the odometer reading build up, it should hit 45,000 miles in the next day or so!

    I only use my Garmin to produce a track to claim Audax points. I haven't got the hang of navigating with it at all yet but as I haven't been off the island for months I haven't needed to.

  5. Patrick wrote:

    45,000 miles

    Gosh Hilary. 45,000 miles since when?

  6. Hilary wrote:

    Since I bought Roberta in November 2006. Why?Bike's mileage is logged on a separate computer and is very considerably less!

  7. Roy Miller wrote:

    How exactly do you alter the time on it?

  8. Hilary wrote:

    It took me longer to work out how to input the odometer reading (my favourite function) but that was largely my own fault for not following the instructions closely enough.

    I replaced the battery for the first time yesterday. Setting tyre size and time took about 2 minutes. Resetting the odometer took about an hour and a half and much swearing! I eventually consulted the instructions on Cateye's website which are much clearer than those in the leaflet that came with it.
    http://202.215.251.86/images/manual/CC-MC200W%20HP_ENG%20v1.pdf
    Job done – finally!
    Shows you how to alter the time too.

  9. Steve wrote:

    Hi,
    Bought on of these cat eye cc-mc200W, probably a stupid question, but hear I go – how do you turn it off .?

    Regards,
    Steve

  10. Hilary wrote:

    Hi Steve,
    You don't actually turn it off, it just puts itself onto standby when its not been used for a while.

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