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    Decide for me

    I am going to purchase a Garmin 500 bundle (head unit, HRM, and cadence sensor), but I am on the fence when it comes to a certain particular. I ride a Trek 2.3 shown below in red and black (now minus the bag, the Trek computer and cord, and 2 of the spacers). My quandry is whether to purchase a Garmin refurb bundle in the neutral color which I can get for $270, or get a new, non-refurb model in red and black for $315. I know I am entering OCD poseur land with this, but I think the red and black will look pretty cool with my bike. On the other hand I am paying $45 for looks only.

    I know, wrong side and everything else but it's the only one I have at work.



    $315 brand new:



    $270 Refurb:



    Sway me either way.

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    You gotta go with that red and black one! You gotta!!
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    I know but for some reason the tight wad in me says save the 45 bucks, lol

    I was about 2 seconds away from hittin' the button on the gray one when I saw the red model. It would look damn good, though!

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    What's the warranty like on the refurb? having had a new Garmin HRM fail a few weeks before it's year long warranty expired, would go for the one which gives you longest cover.

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    Get the gray one. It will still look good when you upgrade your red Trek to something nice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kv501 View Post
    I know but for some reason the tight wad in me says save the 45 bucks, lol

    I was about 2 seconds away from hittin' the button on the gray one when I saw the red model. It would look damn good, though!
    I did a search and the red/black one were going for $369!! So, the $315 is a deal..

    All my chit be red/black..
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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    Get the gray one. It will still look good when you upgrade your red Trek to something nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
    What's the warranty like on the refurb? having had a new Garmin HRM fail a few weeks before it's year long warranty expired, would go for the one which gives you longest cover.
    The refurb warranty is a year long also, and is from Garmin, so to me it just boils down to the price difference. I'll probably end up going red, but who knows

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    I bought mine HERE in 2009. I have the blue one. I don't really notice the blue on my white-with-red-accent bike. Save your $.
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    Niether , just think of the money you save and the possibility of running into things
    while staring at the read out is gone. go enjoy the Nature around you.

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    I bought the damn red one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Niether , just think of the money you save and the possibility of running into things
    while staring at the read out is gone. go enjoy the Nature around you.
    You are a wise man and I agree with that.

    That said, every other day my 5 y.o. (who fortunately hasn't yet been jaded by Roadies, Freds, MUPs, or GPS, yadda yadda yadda...) and I have a blast tooling around our MUP. We enjoy the nature, ourselves, and there are no electronics to be found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kv501 View Post
    I bought the damn red one.


    I'm jealous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kv501 View Post
    I bought the damn red one.
    Tell me this! are those dam things worth $300+??

    If so, what makes them worth it? Just curious!!

    Again, red and black are my race colors..
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    I found out why the Garmins cost so much..
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    Quote Originally Posted by cehowardGS View Post
    I found out why the Garmins cost so much..
    So what color did you get?
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    Quote Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
    So what color did you get?
    The "colorless one".. You look on my bike, and you don't see it, that is because it is colorless!!
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    dear man, it cost too much, but i will not choose the red one due to the overall view.
    hiking and jogging, then cycling instead.

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