Send it to SRM to have the battery replaced?
Send it to SRM to have the battery replaced?
Maybe just charge it every other day?
I probably just need to squeeze such an upgrade into the budget at some point. It's not that big of a deal, but you're right about me hating EOL of some items.
Is it going to have an interactive GPS in it? From what I have heard, it will not.
that said, i'm looking forward to hearing how SRM is going to handle my broken Duracci SRM, which is currently having a very unstable offset (drifts into the 4000's, back to the 400's, then to the 1000's, etc.). This may get expensive, and if it is, they better be offering me some concessions...
Damn quarq just dies when the battery goes out..no warning nothing. Which is fine because I have a backup battery and popped it right in. Problem is even though I put the cap on TIGHT via hand on the road it doesen't look like it went in all the way as I had power for about 10 minutes before it went out again. Had to go home and crank down on the cap to get it to touch the contact. Might put a piece of foam in there today if I still have issues so that it can reach contact as I have a crit tonight and want the data.
Assuming that is the actually problem
I'm like, sick of powermeters. I said it!
the contacts on that battery cover can be a problem with a quarq. i'm also assuming you're using good batteries. (i ask only because one time i bought a lot of 25 or 50 batteries on amazon, and when i tested with a multimeter many of them reported low voltage....with even a minor dip (a tenth of a volt), i've found the quarq can cut out.)
one more thing: if you handle those small coin cells with your fingers it is very easy to get oil on them. in the quarq, this can cause power to drain VERY quickly. if at all possible, use gloves/a tissue/whatever to avoid getting any oils on the cell.
unfortunately the communication of battery status between quarq and head unit can be very spotty. good on ya for having the spare battery!
when the battery starts to head south, sometimes the prior data is suspect.
is there a respectable garmin alternative yet? PC8 or whatnot?
I'm a little tired of losing rides because I hit "stop" and then "save" too quickly. ****ing ay.
oils on the cell (even from handling with 'clean' hands) can reduce battery life in a quarq from 400 to just 50 hours, in my experience. it seems to interfere with the 'sleep' detection.
DC Rainmaker also liked the Cyclo 505:
Mio adds wireless Shimano Di2 integration, ANT+ trainer control, and more to Cyclo bike units | DC Rainmaker
I'd be very happy to see a credible alternative to the Garmin Edge series.
I have garmin edge 500. offset is almost with my SRM is always 589 or 590. this looks weird to me because I also have a quarq riken (on my road bike) and it's offset is between -40 and 40 depending on whether i'm inside or outside, but is usually around 0.
that mio thing is absurdly big
I'm using a Garmin Edge 500, and the offset is usually between 370 and 410; within a particular ride, rarely drifts 4-5 unit (2.5 watts at 100 rpm) unless if i expose it to the sun for a minute, causing things to expand, etc.
i think one of the seals may have gone fubar when we had that driving storm in mid April. Usually i just let the bike air-dry in my apartment. that day i got lazy and put it in my trunk. Or it may be due to riding it on my commute through all but the worst days in the winter.
on an SRM, a 40 unit variation within a ride is big. i can often go from an uninsulated garage in spring (35-40F) to 70-80F in the sun and seen no variation.
sunlight shouldn't cause problems.
some other meters claim that a 50 unit variation is normal, but on an SRM it is a warning sign to me.
i was a product tester for garmin for a decade and this was always a bother. i still own garmin units (they're good for updating slope on a power meter) but never ride with them.
some say losing data (the odd corrupted file plus the possibility of having it simply not record) is not a problem, but to me never dropping data is high on the list of requirements for a head unit.
pc8 is around the corner for those who want gps (record only).
Where could I get a power meter for cheap?
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Chappy, I know it sucks to lose your power meter in the middle of the season but you should send it off to CO now. If it can't be fixed they'll set you up with an upgrade deal. Think about setting yourself up with a backup power meter like an older Powertap. Mine has saved my butt countless times.
The offset on my SRM varies between 429 and 440. Between the cool basement and a hot car, in that range. I think this is one if the main differentiators between an SRM and any Quarq I've owned. Better temperature compensation.
My Garmin 800 is starting to show signs of age. The lap button is getting flaky. Sometimes I have to push it more than once to start the lap or stop the interval. If I don't look down to see the lap box and it keeps running, introducing zeroes, I get yelled at, and for good reason. Eliminating junk data is a waste of time. I have a few options. Send it to Garmin and pay for a refurb, cost unknown. Buy a clean used PCVII and give up nav and multiple data screens, around $300. Bend over sharply and pony up for an 810, in the $600 range. Give up nav and some data fields and downgrade to the 510 or 500, between $200-$300. I don't know what to do at this point.