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    Questions about Garmin 205 (mac users could help)

    Ive decided i might go ahead and get a Garmin 205 just because i can get it under 100 bucks. Potential Problem: Ive heard that most run off of windows. (1) Does anyone know how to run the Garmin with a mac and what websites or programs could i use to download the data? (2) Are there any add ons for the Garmin 205 that would display cadence? (3) Are there any cables running out of the garmin to your wheels ( my guess would be no considering its all done by GPS) but i was just wondering? Please Help

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    I have no answers, but am glad you asked. I don't use Windows, and it's been th eone thing keeping me from buying a Garmin. No one seems to really know if it can be used on Mac or not.
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    I use it with a Mac no problem (Garmin 305; iMac G5). You can use their software (Training Center) but it's features aren't as good as they are on a PC (yet, it's only in it's first release I believe). There is much better software out there designed specifically for the Mac (Ascent). Cost is $35... works great:

    http://www.montebellosoftware.com/

    Also, Garmin now has their webupdated available for the Mac in beta (to upgrade the software on the Garmin itself). I've used it with no issues. Of course you can still upload to Motionbased as well.

    There is a cadence sensor that you can purchase which I believe is about $40 [Edit: looks like cadence & HR are only available with the 305]. Check out geomangear.com. Great prices and they're on bike forums too. Fast shipping and good communication too.

    No cables, Garmin is all wireless. Magnets on the rear wheel & non-drive side crank and the sensor sits on the left chainstay (for the 305). Check out Garmin's website for all the details about the 205... IMO, the 205 isn't worth it but the 305 definitely is.
    Last edited by grahny; 08-07-07 at 11:03 AM.

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    (1) Does anyone know how to run the Garmin with a mac and what websites or programs could i use to download the data?

    On the Garmin site they have a piece of software you can download called Training Center, it's seems to work well. I have been using this software since it came out in January and haven't really had any problems.

    You can upload data to trainingpeaks.com and motionbased.com, they cater to different groups but if you just want to look at the data, they both work.


    (2) Are there any add ons for the Garmin 205 that would display cadence? (3) Are there any cables running out of the garmin to your wheels ( my guess would be no considering its all done by GPS) but i was just wondering? Please Help


    I think the only compatible cadence sensors are on the Garmin 305.

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    I can't stand the Garmin training center. There is just not enough data there IMO. Are there any better applications for PC?

    Also, can I add a cadence sensor to the Edge 205? What about heart rate sensor?

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    The Garmin Training Center is absolute crap, because Garmin wants you to buy MotionBased.com at $7 a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDRider View Post
    I can't stand the Garmin training center. There is just not enough data there IMO. Are there any better applications for PC?

    Also, can I add a cadence sensor to the Edge 205? What about heart rate sensor?
    You need the 305 Bundle, $~200 from Geoman after the $75 rebate.
    Comes with wireless cadence/speed which goes on the rear wheel and a HRM strap.

    I'm using the 305 wih a mac, Training Center is ok, Ascent is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MONGO! View Post
    Ascent is awesome.
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