Computer, gps, phone.
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Mar 25, 2013 1:17 AM Last Post By: dandru
Mar 24, 2013 10:50 AM
Computer, gps, phone.Getting a road bike soon. For fast, long alpine days. Just like this cool bloke (http://iikinfrance.blogspot.com/p/200-cols-tour.html).
Still trying to decide what computer to get.
First option is a Cateye Strada Wireless. This is because it will always be on the bike and I won't need to charge it all the time. Info will always be there when needed. Put it on and forget about it.
Next option is a gps. Looking at gps such as the Garmin 200/500/800 (and the new range), they all seem to offer what my phone can already do. (HTC Wildfire). They do offer better battery life though. But spare phone batteries are cheap on Amazon.uk. And I will always take my phone anyway.
I am abroad a lot, so the mapping bundles, which are country specific, aren't much good, plus I like paper maps.
I have a polar heart rate watch and strap already.
I already map my mountain bike trips with 'My tracks' and phone. I have been recommended 'Strava' but my phone can't use it.
For the top Garmin I can get a top phone with a year of European data. So what is the big draw with dedicated gps units? Is it hype and good advertising?
I would appreciate any views.
'Mountain High - Europe's greatest cycle climbs' by Friebe & Goding, has just arrived in the post and Mont Faron is only half an hour away. Mont Ventoux is also pretty close. As everyone already knows - you can't ride a bike these days unless you have an electronic gizmo on board.
Mar 25, 2013 1:17 AM
1I like to record GPS tracks to use later and show my friends where I've been so I use the Garmin Etrex and IPhone, the Iphone has the maps whereas the Garmin has the battery life and a dedicated GPS chip so it works all the time whereas the IPhone GPS doesn't. I've got to feed the GPS information so I take a computer with me but it gets used for other things as well.
The new Garmin Edge 510 and 810 will talk to phones with the Garmin app but at present you can't create a route/track on your phone and send it to the Edge, hopefully in time they will sort that problem out but then I'd only use the Edge for short trips. The only way to get tracks on the Edge is either via the Garmin site with the phone or computer.
Sounds like the Cateye Strada, phone and maps will be your best options.
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