How to Set Up a Bicycle Speedometer

How to Set Up a Bicycle Speedometer
Bicycle computers, or speedometers as they are also known, track speed, time and distance. Advanced models may also monitor heart rate, altitude and cadence. A data transfer feature will allow you to transfer your speedometer stats to a second computer. While not all speedometers are the same, many require a few simple instructions. As with any device, you'll want to read the manufacturer's instructions before attaching a speedometer to your bicycle.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Handlebar mount
  • Zip ties
  • Bike computer
  • Transmitter
  • Magnet
  • Screwdriver
  • Screw
Step 1
Install the handlebar mount. Secure the mount to the handlebar with zip-ties. Tighten the zip-ties, so the mount does not slip or move.
Step 2
Install the wired transmitter. Loop the wire so it does not hang loose or interfere with moving parts such as the wheels. Loop the wire around the front brake cable starting at the top of the unit and twisting it all the way down until there is little slack and the wire is contained.
Step 3
Install the spoke magnet one to two millimeters from the transmitter. Use a screwdriver to screw the magnet in place.
Step 4
Enter your computer's wheel size to calibrate the speedometer to your wheels. This step requires you to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 5
Snap the computer into the handlebar mount.
Step 6
Test the speedometer by spinning the wheel to check for a reading.

Tips & Warnings

The pickup or transmitter and the magnet must be aligned properly to receive an accurate reading.
The computer must be fully situated inside the handlebar mount to work properly.
A dead battery will cause the speedometer not to work, so check the battery before taking the speedometer in for repair.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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