Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Jersey
Bikes: Fuji Team Trek FX Bianchi MTB
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I thought about this for a while and decided to go with the Vista HCx. Here's my quasi reasoning for going this way,
1) I don't care about the after ride data. I'm not a racer/or that serious to care. But there are after market and even free website software that could analyze data for either model.
2) With above reasoning - the only thing I really care is the mapping capability and both uses same display/software. Actually its a same (nearly same) unit with a different packaging/case/software.
3) I am still keeping my CatEye computer. This is important - I just can't see myself recharging this every other day and bring it out to my bike for my daily ride. I change my CatEye battery once a year (or every other year) and its one of those priceless thing where you have a one less thing to worry about. I'll bring the GPS for those nice UNKNOWN routes on the weekends - along with bringing the camera, binocular for bird watching, etc.
4) Since I am keeping my CatEye and its has a cadence - I don't need the Cadence on my GPS.
5) I have 2 heart rate monitors (watches) - one with a chest strap and one without. So another heart rate monitor won't do any good or wanted. I do several different sports - so watch is a better solution for me.
I spent about $400 for the vista HCx, city map, 2 bike mounts, car mount, car charger and Duracell rechargeable batteries/charger. So if can get over the "its not a bike specific" marketing - its a better buy. Of course, if you need all those function and think you'll charge the battery, then Edge is better