Ok so biking fever has officially taken ahold of me. I am convinced that this is my calling in life now. As such, my goal now is to go further and faster, and I am thinking of getting something to help me train against my past self, ever pushing me to put that extra bit of effort in.
So I've been thinking more and more of getting a Garmin Edge 500. But here's the problem: I already have 2 bike computers.
1) Cateye Enduro 8. Trusty, and cheap. Bought it 6 years ago and it has always been reliable.
2) Polar CS300. I bought this a little less than a year ago when I started my newest weight loss regime. At the time I just needed a better heart monitor and wasn't bicycling yet, but I decided I would eventually start biking and therefore use the cyclocomputer aspect of it. I was right; installed it last month on the bike and it's been good so far.
I actually have both of them installed at the same time... which probably makes me look a little too fredly. But there's a reason; sometimes the speed sensor of the CS300 will cut out (not sure why, it's pretty sensitive), so I prefer the reliability of the Enduro 8 for accurate distance measurements. But I like the CS300 for the HRM, calories, and cadence figures.
After analyzing everything the Garmin offers, I think I can use it to replace both the Enduro and the CS300. There only seems to be two features that the garmin doesn't support that the CS300 does:
1) calories per mile
2) calories per hour
Both of those are interesting figures for trying to figure out what sort of exertion you're putting out, and I think I would miss them. But on the other hand, I gain access to all of these other things that I don't currently have:
1) average cadence
6) total ascent
7) total descent
8) vertical speed
2 and 3 are especially interesting. 4 could be useful, but in general I have a firm grasp of my heading most of the time; and if not I can simply spot where the sun is. 5 would be very useful in knowing if it gets hot enough out to tell myself to cool it a bit.
I think I would especially love the ability to record my rides and race against myself in the future, or analyze what kind of grades I have done. As a numbers geek I would also probably love to know my power output, but I'm not willing to spend money on a power tap just yet... but the ability to eventually do that is very tempting.
So I dunno. I think I would love it, but I feel bad about spending even more money on gadgets (~$330 for the GPS, heart strap, and cadence monitor) especially when I just spent $240 last year on the CS300.
Can anyone convince me that this is a good deal? I'm about to buy a house so I'd like to keep my purchases non-superfluous if you know what I mean...