You’re looking at a vintage Cateye OS probably one of the best computers cateye ever made, but also probably one of their worst sellers. This model is French and the language is set at the factory and unchangeable. It came out around 2003, but I’ve been using it since about 2008. It took me many hours googling to figure out how to set it up and use it. I bought it from ebay, specifically the Pro’s Closet, which is an ebay seller that specializes in liquidating old gear pros don’t need or want. Who knows who had this computer.
The cateye’s big claim to fame was that it acted as an actual bike computer, instead of just a readout gauge, in that it keeps track of your ride data, records and reports back with totals and charts. You could also customize how many pieces of data are displayed on the screen and scroll through them in either direction. The screen was dot matrix instead of a the digital clock style readout, plus it was way bigger than just about any other computer in its day. Now it’s quaintly small compared to the iphones, power meters and GPSes people stick on their bars today. All of this is nice, especially if you can’t remember what day or how far you rode, but the real reason to save ride data is for training and the Cateye OS had no Heart Rate, cadence or downloading capabilities, making it a neat device instead of a serious training tool.
As cool as the Cateye OS is it is coming off and being replaced with a Garmin Edge 305. Last year I bought a Polar S725 which is an excellent heart rate monitor and decent bike computer, but not compatible with Strava which is where I am keeping all my data this year.
I went back and forth over the 305 or the Edge 500. The 500 is newer and ANT+ compatible, it has a bigger screen, newer GPS chip, and probably does all kinds of stuff better. The 305 was 100 bucks cheaper and does more or less the exact same thing as the 500.
So far the 305 has been rock solid. I’ve taken it on a couple of rough gravel rides and it’s handled it like a champ, battery life is excellent and the GPS has no problems finding me. The only two drawbacks I’ve found so far is that it has no auto off, or sleep mode to save power. I’m not used to a computer I have to switch off after a ride and it seems like no big deal to include an auto off mode. The other minor problem has been the few BSODs (Blue Screen of Death) I’ve had when I’ve plugged into my Windows 7 64x machine. It seems to be almost random, but has only occured a few times.
This isn’t really a drawback and I think this was addressed in the Edge 500 but it seems like there is a lot of wasted space on the screen, too much space is dedicated to boxes and titles, instead of the font size of the data in my opinion, but I’m finding it easy enough to read even with 8 data items.
OVerall I’m real happy with the Edge 305 and hope that it holds out for many years, at the same time I miss the quirky and easy to use Cateye OS, a true piece of bike history.