Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets HRM, GPS, MP3, HID. Whether it's got an acronym or not, here's where you'll find discussions on all sorts of tools, toys and gadgets.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-09-12, 11:03 PM   #1
mattwilkinson
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good, Cheap Bike GPS Computer?

I am looking for a bike computer, I have a cateye micro wireless, and always use my phone and upload data to endomondo. I'm going on a big ride and my phone will run out of battery before the end of the ride. So I need an actual bike computer. I'd prefer something that has a good web interface to look at rides. (Garmin especially), I've only been riding for a few months, And I've been thinking about the edge 200 or edge 500. I was wondering does the edge 500 come with cadence or do you have to get it seperate? And would the 500 be good for me so I can get trained on cadence? I have no idea what is good cadence. Also, is there any other GPS's that do exactly this for cheaper? Thankyou !

UPDATE: Does the Edge 500 get speeds from GPS or a sensor? I was wondering if i could get speeds on a bike trainer? do i need the cadence sensor for that?

Last edited by mattwilkinson; 06-10-12 at 06:00 AM.
mattwilkinson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-12, 08:42 AM   #2
David Chen
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Bikes: 2010 Jamis Aurora
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't know about the Edges, but as a warning the Dakota 20 can only read cadence from the sensor; it won't track speed while on a trainer.
David Chen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-12, 09:09 AM   #3
Street Pedaler
Senior Member
 
Street Pedaler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: NW Louisiana
Bikes: 2011 Trek Madone 5.2 (RIP), 2013 Trek Domane 5.9
Posts: 732
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
You need a sensor for the Garmins, too. Any ANT+ capable sensor will work. If you have a sensor, the speed is taken from that. Otherwise, it's from the GPS.
Street Pedaler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-12, 11:50 AM   #4
bikepro 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Allen, TX
Bikes: Look 585
Posts: 1,854
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
If you like the results using the iPhone and battery life is the only problem, there are various companies that make iPhone cases that include an auxillary battery. Not cheap, but less than a Garmin.
bikepro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-12, 11:54 AM   #5
bikepro 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Allen, TX
Bikes: Look 585
Posts: 1,854
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mattwilkinson View Post
I am looking for a bike computer, I have a cateye micro wireless, and always use my phone and upload data to endomondo. I'm going on a big ride and my phone will run out of battery before the end of the ride. So I need an actual bike computer. I'd prefer something that has a good web interface to look at rides. (Garmin especially), I've only been riding for a few months, And I've been thinking about the edge 200 or edge 500. I was wondering does the edge 500 come with cadence or do you have to get it seperate? And would the 500 be good for me so I can get trained on cadence? I have no idea what is good cadence. Also, is there any other GPS's that do exactly this for cheaper? Thankyou !

UPDATE: Does the Edge 500 get speeds from GPS or a sensor? I was wondering if i could get speeds on a bike trainer? do i need the cadence sensor for that?
For use on a trainer, you need a speed sensor. On the road, it uses the GPS to determine speed and distance if you have no speed sensor. Garmin makes an ANT+ speed/cadence sensor -- but any ANT+ sensor will work
bikepro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-12, 02:18 PM   #6
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 19,614
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 431 Post(s)
yea GPS notes your motion.. bike on a trainer stand your position does not change.
fietsbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-12, 06:26 PM   #7
mattwilkinson
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Okay, does anyone have any experience with Edge 500's? are they good?
mattwilkinson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-12, 11:04 PM   #8
ChargerDawg
Senior Member
 
ChargerDawg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oceanside CA
Bikes: Madone 5.9, Sequoia, World Sport
Posts: 232
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
get an additional battery backup for your phone. I have a diamond one that cost about 25 dollars and use if for long rides.
ChargerDawg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-12, 04:15 AM   #9
mattwilkinson
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What about a bryton rider 50? It has HD turn by turn maps
mattwilkinson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-12, 08:02 AM   #10
bikepro 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Allen, TX
Bikes: Look 585
Posts: 1,854
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mattwilkinson View Post
What about a bryton rider 50? It has HD turn by turn maps
It costs less, but appears to be quite a bit smaller.

http://road.cc/content/news/27173-ju...cycle-computer
bikepro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-12, 06:59 AM   #11
Looigi
Senior Member
 
Looigi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 8,951
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Garmin 500s are good. It's what many pros use. They are available bundled with a combined wheel/cadence sensor (GSC10) and heart rate straps. Additional GSC10 sensors are available on Amazon and elsewhere for ~$40 if you have multiple bikes and don't want to have to move the sensor between them.

GPS has position noise and the signals can be intermittently blocked by buildings, foliage, etc.. This is usually small and inconsequential for motor vehicles, but can affect the speed and distance more significantly for slower vehicles like bicycles. The wheel sensor improves precision over using purely GPS, which is why Garmin included the capability.

You can download a route to 500 and see the track displayed on the screen, though there is no map with roads and such on the device. You can follow that track and it will show your position on (or off) of it.

Last edited by Looigi; 06-15-12 at 07:03 AM.
Looigi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-12, 03:48 PM   #12
toddles
Banned.
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Jamis, WA
Bikes: Jamis Aurora Elite
Posts: 2,360,789,794
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have an idea. Why don't you just take a look at their website??
toddles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-12, 03:57 PM   #13
Face Palm
Banned.
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes:
Posts: 224
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChargerDawg View Post
get an additional battery backup for your phone. I have a diamond one that cost about 25 dollars and use if for long rides.
This. I use Endomondo as well, and would rather have an extra battery than a second computer system (counting the phone as the computer.)
Face Palm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:59 PM.