Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Bikes: All Mountain: Santa Cruz Nomad, XC MTB: Trek Fuel EX8, Road: Argon 18 Krypton
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First Bike Computer
I'm looking to get my first bike computer and I'm not sure exactly which way to go. I was hoping I could get some suggestions. I know there are other threads on this topic, but I have some specifics that I wanted and they didn't touch on it.
Some things that I don't really care if I have:
1. Backlight (I never ride at night).
2. HRM (I have one already if I really want to monitor that).
Would be nice, but not necessary:
1. Cadence (Though I wouldn't mind having it, I think this is something my body can gauge and at this point it isn't NEEDED. Though like I said, I wouldn't mind).
2. GPS (Again, I wouldn't mind having it, but I know where I'm going and I know where I've been. haha).
Things that I would like:
1. Wireless (I've read the pros and cons, but I just don't want the wire).
2. The standard odometer/speedometer
3. Altimeter (Only if it's accurate, otherwise it's completely pointless).
4. Light and small (computer and sensor combined)
I realize without needing GPS or Cadence that I'm not really asking for a whole lot here. But I was curious about how the Garmin computers hooked up and how they read the speed and whatnot, via GPS? I looked at a couple manuals and it seems there are different options. I was also considering the Cateye Double Wireless Strada. I wouldn't bother with the Cadence, but since it's one piece, might as well. However, there is no altimeter. And then I looked at the Cateye Adventurer, which does have the altimeter, but it's quite a bit bigger and heavier. If it's true that the Garmin products can read speed/distance via GPS, how accurate is that? Are there other products that are reliable that do the same? I guess the idea is to have as little on my bike as possible. But it would be pointless if it wasn't accurate and reliable.
Any suggestions on which way to go? Experience with either of the Cateye products I mentioned? Suggestions on possible sensorless (but accurate) computers? Also, price isn't really an issue. I've noticed a bit of a fan base for the Garmin 705, so I'm sure many would say "no price limit, go with that," but I also wouldn't just buy the best thing out there because I can and then not use it to it's full potential. So it would be more accurate to say that I'm willing to pay what I need to pay to get what I want, but I'd like to save money just the same.
Thanks in advance, I know this was wordy. My questions always seem to be.