Vin­tage Velo

Pacer 2000 Bike Com­puter

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Re­cently, at the Bi­cy­cle Spe­cial­ties shop, Mike Barry Sr. held up the Pacer 2000, one of the first bi­cy­cle com­put­ers. The unit, which came out in 1981, was made by com­pany called Vel­tec. The com­puter could man­age dis­tance, speed and time. For cal­cu­lat­ing dis­tance and speed, it needed a mag­net placed on a spoke. “I rode the Raid Pyrénéen,” Barry said of the ran­don­née he and his for­mer busi­ness part­ner, Mike Brown, did in 1981. “It goes from the At­lantic to the Mediter­ranean along the length of the Pyre­nees. There are 18 cols. You get 100 hours to ride it. We got these guys to spon­sor us. Their com­puter had just come out. “It was fine. But half­way through the trip, both com­put­ers started all over again. “When we came back, we spoke to the Pacer 2000 guys and told them that each com­puter got to some fig­ure and ze­roed. “‘Oh, yeah. It would do that,’ they said.’”— MP

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