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!
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.