Avocet 25 Computer

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Avocet 25

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 13, 2008]
bobwemer
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The buttons have a very hard and audible click. One doesn't accidentally push one. I have several of these computers and have been using Avocets since the early 1990s. I rode from L.A. to Boston this spring using one in all kinds of weather.

Weakness:

I would like another one for another bike but they are not available, now. When I contact the company they say "maybe next year". This is about the third year in a row that I have gotten that response from them ?????

In reading some of the other review complaints:

1. It does not matter where the sensor and magnet are mounted as the sensor counts one revolution whether the magnet is close to the hub or far out from the hub.

2. I have not had problems in the rain if the battery cover o-ring is in place.

3. If the computer is falling off easily, it is not completely seated. There is a hard click to completely seat it. If seated completely, it is hard to get past the click when removing. It will not fall off on its own. It has to be forced off.

4. A calibration factor can be experimentally determined or calculated for about any device one wants to mount the Avocet 25 on. Just determine the millimeters per wheel revolution and enter that number. I have been able to calibrate mine within 0.01 of a mile.

Similar Products Used:

Other types that have very wishy washy buttons and can be accidentally reset.

[Apr 11, 2006]
Robert Wemer
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I have described the strength in detail in another review.

Weakness:

Those who are having problems with the "waterproofness" of Avocet computers may be damaging or losing the rubber o-ring on the battery door when changing batteries. I have used Avocet computers in downpours without problems.

Avocet bike computers are the highest quality bike computers that that I have used. I love the "hard click" buttons. One doesn't accidently bump and push one. One knows when he has pushed a button.

This does not criticize the new breed of GPS computers. I have a Garmin Forerunner 201 which is fantastic but then it is much more than a standard bike computer.

[Nov 26, 2001]
Garth Wilson
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Good mount, withstood several drops without problems, water resistent, easy to operate

Weakness:

recent ones made in China have had problems with the mount and the sensor

I've bought five of these for various bikes (two for the tandem). The earlier ones we got that were made in Taiwan never had any problems. The last two were made in China, and have had several problems with the sensor going bad and with bad electrical connection at the mount. I won't get any more unless they quit making them in China.

The mounting method is very solid. I wonder if others who have said it fell out accidentally were too timid to push it hard enough to make it click in. It really takes a lot of pressure to get the computer on and off the mount. We've never had trouble with the 25 when it got wet either. I don't mind the hard-to-push buttons at all. (It's pretty typical to use the thumb anyway.) The buttons give a very definite click when you push them, so you don't have to wonder if you pushed it hard enough.

Similar Products Used:

Torelli

[Jan 17, 2006]
Robert Wemer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very durable. I like the hard to push buttons with the obvious click - one knows for sure that he has pushed a button. Have had no trouble riding in rain.

Weakness:

None

Have used Avocets for ~ 15 years. Have used all models with both the circular magnets and the single magnets. Both work great. I love the feel of the buttons.

Those who have a problem with the computer falling off must not be sliding the computer through the final "hard click" point at the end of the slide. It will slide on easily but the last 1/8" or so is a very hard click. Properly installed, an Avocet is very hard to start to slide off. One must first get it past that first 1/8" hard click.

Similar Products Used:

None. Other brands that I have looked at have very wishy washy buttons.

[Jul 24, 2000]
Adam Paternostro
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

looks, easy to read display, and easy to access functions

Weakness:

instructions stink, keys are too hard to press when mountain bike riding, resetting should be easy but likes to set itself into kilometers

I like the way it looks and for the price had the functions I wanted. The instructions are just down right terrible. The pictures that don't match the words and give a false example of how to install. I actually sent them an email telling them just how bad their instructions read. In addition the rubber device that is suppose to place the receiver close to the wheel is too small and I ended having to shimmy it. It might be a good product, but I'll never know since I probably do not have it install right. Also, the keys are hard to press for their size. Not that they are impossible to press, just take some effort and concentration, which I can't afford to spare while mountain biking. The next time I'll probably look around for something that is easier to use while riding and fits my bike better.

Who should buy it? People who like instructions that make you frustrated.

Similar Products Used:

none

[Jul 08, 1999]
DC Page
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Large digits, dual display and independant stopwatch.

Weakness:

No quick release (as far as I can tell.)

The Avocet 25 bike computer has a strong durable case, reasonably thick cord, a well made and robust receiver and is water resistant for when you get unexpectedly caught in the rain (not tried, as I won't ride in the rain on purpose.)
Setup up was a bit of a problem as I wanted utmost accuracy. I inputted my tire and rim imformation easily enough. But I couldn't figure out where the transmitter (which attaches to the spoke) was supposed to be positioned.
One of the reasons I bought the Avocet is because it had the single magnet transmitter like the Shimano Flight Deck, which is the one I really wanted, but couldn't justify its cost. Another reason I liked the Avocet 25 was because transmitter replacements cost only $3 US.
However, I didn't find any instructions in the manual as to where on the spoke the magnet was to be placed. I mean, it could basically go anywhere. Close to the hub, or close to the rim wall with accuracy being potentially affected at both extremes. With a look at the approximate position in the manual's diagram, I finally just guessed and placed it about 3 cm from the 26 inch rim wall or closer to my brake pads than the hub.
My old CCM computer had the transmitter close to the hub, that's why I wasn't sure.
Anyhow, I'm fairly happy with it's current position as the accuracy comes very close to the distances measured in my car for similar trips. Accuracy is what I wanted, providing that using my car's odometer, (resettable thingy) is a decent indicator or benchmark for determining the valid readings of the Avocet. If it is. I'm close.
So it ended up that I can adjust the accuracy to within a 10m error per kilometre with this excellent product. With a bit of tinkering it can be adjusted to reflect the distance and speed indicators of any car, motorbike etc. (all of which should have similar readings anyhow.)
So. Buy this US made product if you want an accurate bike computer at a reasonable price. Since there's no quick release (as far as I know), and has been a bit of hassle for me to get to work, I'll give it a 4.

Similar Products Used:

CCM something (had quick release)

[Apr 20, 1999]
Jon
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

All the functions

Weakness:

Slides off too easily

The computer itself works wonderfully, for the $20.00 dollar pricetag I got it for it was a good deal. It has all the functions I really want and need at this point and seems very durable. Unfortunately I have only tested its durability due to the 25's one glaring weakness. Here in Utah a lot of the trails I ride are covered with loose rocks that can make for a bumpy ride. When I first started out with the computer it would lose its connection frequently from the jolting that the trail caused, although it never actually fell off. It did fall off fairly easily a couple of times when my bike accidently fell over. At any rate this problem quickly became a major nuisance so I went about resolving the problem. I found that by placing a single strip of black electricians tape over the mounting bracket where the computer slides on that subsequently the computer fits very snug and can still, albeit with a bit more effort, be slid on and off of the mounting bracket without trouble. Since doing this I have ridden on the same rough trails and haven't lost connection once. Fortunately my bike hasn't accidently fallen over anymore, but if it did I think the computer is snug enough that it still wouldn't come flying off. The loose fit problem would have easily kept the Avocet 25 from getting a perfect score, but because that problem is quickly, easily, and cheaply solved I can just as easily give it a five. The computer itself is great and at twenty bucks make it that much sweeter.

[Jun 30, 1998]
erik baier
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

my wife bought me an avocet 25 last year. after fooling ith the placement on the spokes for correct mileage, and trying to learn it while riding, (no instructions) i think it is great. i have banged it a few times while crashing, had it pulled off from branches and it works o.k. as the battery dies, slowly, i get blank-outs on the screen.otherwise, a useful and rugged tool.

[May 08, 1998]
dan garcia

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

Purchased the Avocet 25 after reading the good reviews here, and I can say that it has met my expectations so far. Had a Vetta several years ago and liked it a lot, but worried after reading some other reviews about it. Very happy with the 25....easy installation and a several more features than the 15 version. Very durable, too.

[Mar 28, 1998]
spoondadee
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

I figured that I could increase the number of NJ people to 75%. The avocet 25 is a sweet little machine. I think the respponse is good and it's not too difficult to fudge around with. The only thing I don't like is the fact that one can't set the total distance. Mine started to wig out and I just popped the dbattery off and put it back and everything was okay. But now I lost the 150 mi. total distance that I had. But if I really wanted that I guess I could have spent more money. This thing is pretty damn cool. The dual display rocks!

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