CatEye Velo 7 Cyclocomputer Full Review
by: Dave Judy
I recently decided to dust off the road bike in the garage and see if I could get my cardio workout via the open road. It took me a little while but I was able to pass the out-of-breath stages and quickly move into the “I wonder how far I am going and at what speed” stages. A cycle computer would appear to be my next logical step to track my ride performance and to speed my performance increases along. I was not about to put a $100 computer on my bike, but I didn’t want a piece of junk either.
We looked at several models to find a high-value option in the genre of bike computers. Most people are looking for just a few key data points like I was, and that is … How fast? How far? How long? These features are reasonably standard for most bike computers. One computer stood out from the rest and that was the CatEye Velo 7 Cyclocomputer, a feature-packed bike computer for under $15. The reviews were fantastic for this unit.
The computer itself is well designed, and the oversized display is very easy to read. The unit measures 55.5ｘ37.5ｘ18.5mm and weighs a mere 28 grams. The oversized face of the display clearly shows all the key riding metrics you want, and with a simple touch of the equally large front-facing control button you are able to scroll though several options. The default riding screen will show the pace, speed, and distance of the current ride.
Setup for this unit is fairly simple as far as the computer and the main sensor, but the bike’s wheel module can present a few minor issues if you have an odd-size wheel or spoke design like I do on my bike. Once the hardware is installed all you will have to do is the initial setup on the computer software. During this setup portion you will select the options that will include the standard you use to measure distance, speed, and the appropriate wheel size. The standard wheel sizes for this unit include 16″/ 18″/ 20″/ 22″/ 24″/ 26″/ 700C or 100cm～299cm (default: 26”).
Once installation is complete and the computer setup is done, all the rider needs to do is spin the wheel. The wheel will pass by the sensor and activate the computer, which immediately starts to measure the speed, time, and distance. The unit will also automatically go into power saver mode after a period of no use, and this is why CatEye says the lithium CR2032 battery will last for approximately three years.
Overall you just can’t beat the CatEye Velo 7 Cyclocomputer for the average cyclist’s needs. The unit is easy to set up and use. The display is oversized and designed to operate by using a single easy-to-access control button. The functions are more than adequate to give you quality ride data that includes all the main metrics that most people will use. The battery life is measured in years, so you can count on this unit to function when you need it for your next ride.
- Price is low
- Easy to use
- Battery life
- Tires are specific
- Install mildly difficult
If you want a computer for cycling and you are not trying for an Olympic medal, this computer is the best one that you will get for anywhere near $15.