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Bike Computer, GPS Watch, or iPhone/Cyclemeter?
I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue:
Should I go with
1) A Garmin GPS bike computer like the 500,
2) A Garmin GPS watch like the Forerunner 410 or 610,
3) An iPhone running Cyclemeter.
The background is, I'm a cyclist who hopes to start running as I start my fitness program this year. My cycling is daily commuting, spin classes during the winter, weekend rides when the weather's better, and a century or two each year. The running is to add some variety to my exercise, because cycling isn't breaking me through my weight plateau; I think my body's gotten too used to the bike. On the bike, I want to track speed, distance, course/elevation, time/splits, heartrate, and maybe cadence. I'd like to track heartrate on the spin bike too. I'm not sure what I want to track for the running - maybe nearest place to puke? - but I guess speed, distance, heartrate to start.
The 1) Garmin bike computer would be paired with a speed/cadence sensor and a HR strap.
The 2) Garmin watch would be similarly paired. I think these can be mounted on handlebars too.
The 3) iPhone/Cyclemeter would be paired with speed/cadence, HR strap, and maybe a remote handlebar display (thinking about the Wahoo RFLKT) so I can keep the phone in my jersey.
I have the phone and Cyclemeter app, everything else I'd need to buy.
What do you think the pros and cons of these choices are? Which would you choose?
Last edited by jyl; 01-23-13 at 10:14 PM.