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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-15-12, 12:11 PM   #1
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50$ gps

Over half my rides are in the dark and I just switched from apple to Android, so while trying to replace my cyclemeter voice alerts (ahem silent Strava android, ahem mapmyride but can't export it), I was looking for a backlit cyclometer. I found one I liked for around 35 and right below that, this:
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so for under 50 why not try a 2.5" x 1.5" x .77" gps with backlighting?

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Old 11-15-12, 12:21 PM   #2
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Looks very interesting. Seems like the main complaint is that it isn't intuitive to use. That could be a minor or major annoyance depending on your personality type.
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I'm a Microsoft Systems Engineer, we don't get instructions
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Sure you do.. just like the ones us MCSE's deal with, wrong ones.
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Sure you do.. just like the ones us MCSE's deal with, wrong ones.
I knew the Colombo link would show up. Colombo always knew the answer, but had to find the proof, just like a MS call.

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For $50 how could you go wrong?

I have something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PGPFPD5-S...d_sim_sbs_sg_3 although it's dark gray not glow-in-the-dark green and enjoy using it. I can retrieve the GPS data with SportTracks software ( http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/sporttrack ) and see / compare my routes. I also carry a cheapy Garmin GPS in my pocket on longer routes and turn it on when I get lost or want to know about a roads route before committing to it I would run it all the time but the battery won't last more than 1 - 1.5 hours.
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I went even cheaper myself, and am reasonably happy. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00
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I've been using a GPS in lieu of a conventional bike cyclometer for the last 14 years and have been happy with the enhanced features (esp. the ability to record my ride data and see it displayed on a map).

But battery life and replaceability is rather important with these devices. A regular cyclometer will run for a year of more of typical use before you need to replace the battery while a GPS will require recharging after every ride or two - and may not even last through a single long ride.
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Can you download your route afterwards?
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Sure you do.. just like the ones us MCSE's deal with, wrong ones.
Helicopter Pilot finds himself lost above heavy fog. He sees a tall building sticking up through the fog, Microsoft's Headquarters, and flies up to it. Passenger makes a sign reading "Low on fuel, where are we?". Several MS Engineers are at the windows with laptops and calculators. After several meetings, emails, and support calls one of the Engineers holds up a sign to the helicopter.

"In the Helicopter"
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I figure if I wait for a year, maybe they'll give these things away for free with a Happy Meal. What do you think?
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I was thinking about getting the ultega also or get the edge 200.
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Not sure how long they will be 50$, but I'll review it after a few rides.
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$50 is about the difference between a Garmin 200 and a Garmin 500. My Garmin 200 cost me $150 before rebates which are no more btw and lasts 16+ hours on one recharge. Please post a review as I'm interested in one for my son.
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While it's spoken (and read) "fifty dollars," it's written $50. With the dollar sign in front, not behind. Behind is for cent signs. (And DO NOT use a decimal when using the cent sign. Unless you really mean fractions of a penny.)
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Can you download your route afterwards?
Afraid not, but I just wanted an accurate time/distance system that wasn't tied to mounts for one bike or another.
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"In the Helicopter"
ROFLMAO that does sound like Redding luckily I'm not an MS employee!
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First ride went well. The unit has 15 different default screen displays. 6 are more walking type, 3 are log and compass screens and 6 are cycling related. You can disable any of the screen to not show up.

The unit uses a three button system, one button is the power/menu button, the others are up and down. The base screen I used was MPH, with distance and elapsed time in boxes below. The top section has the current time, # of gps satellites contacted and a battery indicator. You switch screen by hitting the up down buttons. Couple of other screen arrangements:
Avg Speed / Max Speed above Altitude / #gps records
Speed / Distance above Altitude / elapsed time
Exact latitude and longitude coordinates with some precision bar chart
Very rough etch a sketch of your route
Stop watch above speed / distance
Lap time above Laps / distance

The menu contains a backlight on/off, display rotate 90 degrees, power saving mode , pedometer sensitivity, time settings, measurement setting (mi/km), Languages (English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, 3 asain and a pyccknn?)

Device is on and recording or off

It came with a rubber watch type holder and a plastic mount with zip tie holders, both have a sliding rails type of locking
The software looks ok and will import data by letting you pick the data by date and time

You can export an activity to a gpx or csv file by right clicking on the day

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How accurate is the track?
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How accurate is the track?
I'm reserving that for now as I had an anomaly. This ride was the first strava ever recorded more than my cyclometer. GPS: 7.78 cyclometer 7.9 strava 8.0

Strava is usually about .25-.5 below my cyclometer.

Another problem is the neighborhood has alot of circle deadends which I round and gps's records as straight in and outs usually.

Strava http://app.strava.com/activities/27987157
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Does it come with a mount?
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Does it come with a mount?
A rubber watch type, and a plastic square with zip ties for the bike mount
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Thats pretty slick for $50.
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It has actually gone down 2 more dollars 46.42 currently
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I was thinking about getting the ultega also or get the edge 200.
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I have the edge 200 and have used it so far for over 500 miles. I like the unit and enjoy being able to downlaod my rides and look at reports. I also like that fact that there are no sensors and magnets all over my bike. I paid $120 for mine and love it. I will say this, if you care to have HRM or cadence this is not the unit for you because those are not pissible with Edge 200. You will have to stretch a bit on funds and get a 500. The 200 does have a baclight that you can adjust as you wish.
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Tonight's ride cyclometer: 10.02 Strava display 10.1, strava after upload 9.9, GPS 9.64
I was riding past midnight, and when the day turned it started a new log
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