Knog N.E.R.D. cyclocomputer

Anyone have a Knog N.E.R.D. cyclocomputer? Was just checking them out and they seem pretty cool. The Knog website works like crap for me (Mac / Firefox 2.0.x FTL) but I was able to do some searches and it seems like it’s actually pretty sweet. Easy to attach, simple non-aggravating interface, nice scrolling speed animation. A bit pricey but honestly considering how aggravating some computers are, what the hell. I don’t have any other Knog products but this one seems rather cool… so, anyone?

Bicycling.com review: http://www.bicycling.com/gear/detail/0,7989,s1-17-106-2267-0,00.html

knog stuff seems to walk a fine line between quality product and fashion accessory. although i don’t like the aesthetic of a lot of their gear, this seems to be the business. a tad spendy.

Well, I take your point and Knog’s marketing effort certainly smacks of “lifestyle brand”… which either speaks to you, or it doesn’t.

However, as I am getting into brevet riding, I’m finding myself in the market for a cyclocomputer that:

  • Has a backlight so I can read it at night
  • Has overall total time (not just “moving time” or “elapsed time”)
  • Is waterproof (or strongly water resistant)
  • Isn’t annoying to use (i.e. I can get what I want, when I want it, easily)

The Knog 12 function seems to fit the bill for all of the above, and I’m not aware of anything else that matches it - though I’ve just started researching and am not well informed on competing products.

I currently have a Vetta, recommended by the LBS, that was not cheap and has consistently aggravated the fuck out of me, You can only reset it on a certain screen, you have to toggle through the screens to get to the readout you want, and I almost invariably have to do it once or twice because I hit a bump in the road that makes me miss it the first time around. The mounting system with zip ties is not particularly stable (it’s acceptable but not great) and it frequently gets interference from who knows what, leaving me with max speed readings of 85.2mph or similar nonsense. I also have never gotten the same total distance or total time reading as any of my riding partners, nor ridden the same distance indicated on a cue sheet (and yes, I set it up correctly for my wheel and tire size).

Whew. I of course prefer absolutely no computer at all, but absent that, something like the Nerd seems like it could be cool.

Cateye V2c or V3 are nice.

I just want one for the elastic mount thing. I broke one of the tabs that holds my computer on one of my bikes because it was cold and the plastic got brittle. Ok maybe I was a little too rough with it but whatever, these things look cool.

a large part of knog products is the novelty. i don’t really know anything about the cyclometer but i bet you could get a better product for the same amount of money.

people hate on knog, but far as a be-seen light goes, they’re fairly well designed. I’ve had cateye shit that cracked on one drop right at the battery holding part, and boom! $40 wasted.

I think their messenger bags are stupid looking, and they unfortunately seem to have embraced the hipster niche. But for people who are unaware of all that, the product is decently designed in a Apple-knockoff way.

it’s nice to have a a light that can take some knocking around if you’re constantly taking it off because you’re legitimately afraid of it getting stolen.

computer related:

I have one of the tiny black ones that mounts with zip ties from a couple of iterations of road bike ago, and I’ve never re-installed it because I also can’t stand the interface and the re-set buttons you have to remove it to get to. I wish I had a computer sometimes, but I dread dealing with that thing.

They have cool looking stuff, but it’s obvious that sometimes their aesthetic sensibilities get in the way of common sense functionality. Case in point: their high power rechargeable light. It has all the silicon straps and shit that all the other lights have so it can be mounted just about anywhere. Except for the fact that the head cannot swivel from side to side. So if you cannot mount it on the flats of your bars in a position that is pointing directly forward, it won’t point at the road in front of you. Can’t be mounted on the head tube or fork because it will point up. Can’t be mounted on swept portions of bars because it will point at the side of the road. Thats fine for a $20 “be seen” light. You’d think that for $400 they could put a little more thought into it.

Also, they have half naked drawings of women in their home page, copious typos in their print and use unnecessary lesbian erotica in their advertisements. From a design, pop culture, hipster standpoint, they seems to be doing everything right. From a common sense viewpoint, not so much. Actually, they seem to me to be approaching the american apparel of bike gear.

oh yeah, and their website doesn’t seem to work right on safari and it’s been like that for months. I can’t even access information on the computers.

And another thing, this just being a personal observation, the rolling speed thins is really annoying. For one thing, I often only have time to quickly glance at my speedo to check my speed. If I happen to catch it in mid roll, I wouldn’t be able to read the speed and I’d have to take the time to look again. It seems insignificant, but if that happened a few times on a ride I’d probably rip the thing off and throw it in the gutter. I don’t see the point of a feature that causes one of the main functions of the computer to be unusable, even for a short time. And another thing, on long rides, when I’m getting pretty worn out, I find i get easily distracted by small things. My brain is always looking for things to take it’s focus away from how much what I’m doing sucks. Constant, random movement relatively close to my face could be really distracting, taking my focus away from the road. I suppose none of the things will be a major problem. The max distance reading on these computers could be 30 miles and I doubt anyone would notice.

velcro.

i put a little piece on the bottom of the computer and a piece on the handle bar. it has never fallen off, and i can adjust it easily.

i love my knog computer. i got mine at interbike so i got a screaming deal. i just wish i would have gotten the 12 function.

Is that possible?

Also, sound on their website, by Air, or Lemonjelly, or some such.

Its not your mac that won’t let you see their site, its their shit site that won’t work!
As far as computers go I got one of the wireless ones from performance for about $23 and it works very well. Comes with a stem mount and a handlebar mount so you get to pick where it goes and it removes from the cradle by twisting it off in case you want to store it or remove it for any reason. The model is the FX10 i believe and even though its not backlit it works very well for the price I paid.

knogs break.

I’ve never had a cycle computer but now I really want a NERD. Am I stupid?

I have never felt like I’ve gotten my money’s worth paying more for a “better” computer. They all break the same.

After terrible experiences with Knog products in the past, I don’t plan on ever buying another. There are a billion computers to pick from. They all do pretty much the same thing.

Is that possible?
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Apparently you are their target audience.

Just because you artfully display two women making out in a progressive and otherwise non-oppressive manner, it doesn’t take away from the fact that you are using sex to sell non-sex related items, i.e. gloves. It’s no better than a girl in a bikini being used to sell a car. An appropriate use of lesbians making out would be to sell porn. At least then it has something to do with the product being advertised (from a strictly commercial sense. I’m not arguing for the appropriateness of lesbian porn).

Is that possible?
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Apparently you are their target audience.

Just because you artfully display two women making out in a progressive and otherwise non-oppressive manner, it doesn’t take away from the fact that you are using sex to sell non-sex related items, i.e. gloves. It’s no better than a girl in a bikini being used to sell a car. An appropriate use of lesbians making out would be to sell porn. At least then it has something to do with the product being advertised (from a strictly commercial sense. I’m not arguing for the appropriateness of lesbian porn).[/quote]

So you like dudes then?

I like EJ and Petr. But I also like Blicks and CeeGee. You can classify me wherever you like.

Don’t you tell me what items are and aren’t sex related, buddy!