I don't know, maybe it is a well known fact and I am the last one to know this... but anyway:
I wanted a watch for my handlebar because, I dont know how you guys do, checking the time (especially in winter) on the wristwatch with gloves, straps etc can be acrobatic sometimes.
I wanted this watch to be of course waterproof, detachable etc.
In other times (when I didnt need them, probably...) there were watches everywhere! Thousand times I have been given promo watches in shopping malls, in bags of crisps there were free, and from other sources I cant recall now but since my childwood shitty plastic watches were a common feature... .... easter eggs as well....?
well... now, needless to say, if I want one for my handlebar I have to buy it... too bad.
Since at my local shopping mall they wanted 5-6 euro (I am back in Italy at the moment, my native country) for a decent one (decent means you can easily read it through the visor so not one with a tiny display) I decided to look for something more "gadgety" like a thermometer with watch or similar stuff (I miss £land so much here).
One day last week I went to a Deacathlon store for some other reason and passing by the cycling dept I stopped the MTB section and checking the computers I found one that, by its user manual, can go up to 200km/h for only 12euro: £8!!
The reason why I never looked at MTB comps as speedos for my motorbike is that I knew they were made to reach the max speed of 99km/h but this time I was wrong. A dealer told me once that Sigma, a brand of digital speedometers for MTB and motorbikes, does two model of the same machine: one for bicycles at £10 and one for motorbikes at £50... difference? just that the one for motorbikes has 3 figures and can go show the speed over 99km/h.
But anyway... I bought this little device and I couldn't wait to see what was going to go wrong.
It took me 5 mins to fit it to the bike, it has a sensor that has to be attached to the front forks (front brake pipe in my case) and a magnet that goes on one of the spokes (I needed to heat up a bit the plastic coating of the magnet to adapt it to the larger spokes of a motorbike then secure it with some tiny zipties), it doesnt need to be THAT magnet, it can be any magnet by the way.
Well... it works.
It is a watch, a speedometer, it can tell you the max speed (quite shameful for my XTZ...), partial mileage etc. and it seems acurate after a week of use.
The feature I found quite useful (apart from being a WATCH finally!!!) is that it can switch between km and miles, quite handy for trips and route calculation when abroad.
The only downside so far is that it hasnt got backlight.
The model is Sigma BC 906. Consider Decathlon has the same items around Europe at the same price, UK included.
Some pics below:
In standby mode:
Regards to all.