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Old 07-09-13, 09:28 PM   #1
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Red face Garmin 800 Bike Computer Question?

Hello,

I am interested in purchasing a Garmin 800 Bike Computer for training. Currently I would use it to track my cadence, HR, Distance, and upload data to mapmyride. I would like to get some feedback on just how good this computer would be to meet my needs. I would also like to know if there are better options out there.

Currently I use a wired Cateye computer for cadence and speed, as well as my iPhone for mapmyride updates and uploads, and the Suunto M5 for HR. I would rather just have one computer for all of that so that I can monitor it all in once screen.

My overall goal is to improve my speed and stamina, these tools will help with the training plan that I am trying to accomplish as a new rider.

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Old 07-10-13, 09:25 AM   #2
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The 800 is a great computer and will do most anything you want. The only thing it can't do that the current devices can do is allow you to set up "live" tracking on Garmin Connect by pairing the 510/810 with a cellphone via Bluetooth. Personally, I don't want that, but it's just me.

Personally, I think Strava is a better site for seeing how you improve over particular courses and segments. MMR is fine, but it's more for discovering new routes and sharing routes with others. In addition to having all the functionality you want in one device, you'll also find the battery life of a Garmin device is better than doing the equivalent functions using a phone.
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For your stated needs, a 500/510 is adequate, and less expensive. I have both a 500 and a 800. The only time I've used the 500 since getting the 800 is to compare results on the same ride with each device. The mapping function is okay on the 800. The biggest reasons I got the 800, after having used the 500 for awhile, is to get the routing/mapping functionality. If you have the funds, get the 800/810 - if things are tight, the 500/510 will do what you want.

And, yes ... Strava is "better" for monitoring your progress. I have one "standard" loop I ride that is 15.2 miles with about 900 feet of climbing. My goal is to ride that loop in a certain time, so I defined a Strava segment of that loop. It is very simple to compare results of that ride with one another.
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For your stated needs, a 500/510 is adequate, and less expensive. I have both a 500 and a 800. The only time I've used the 500 since getting the 800 is to compare results on the same ride with each device. The mapping function is okay on the 800. The biggest reasons I got the 800, after having used the 500 for awhile, is to get the routing/mapping functionality. If you have the funds, get the 800/810 - if things are tight, the 500/510 will do what you want.

And, yes ... Strava is "better" for monitoring your progress. I have one "standard" loop I ride that is 15.2 miles with about 900 feet of climbing. My goal is to ride that loop in a certain time, so I defined a Strava segment of that loop. It is very simple to compare results of that ride with one another.

Thanks I will look into my other options, I do have the funds to get the 800 but If I can save money I am all for it. I will also look at the Strava App.

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The 800 is a great computer and will do most anything you want. The only thing it can't do that the current devices can do is allow you to set up "live" tracking on Garmin Connect by pairing the 510/810 with a cellphone via Bluetooth. Personally, I don't want that, but it's just me.

Personally, I think Strava is a better site for seeing how you improve over particular courses and segments. MMR is fine, but it's more for discovering new routes and sharing routes with others. In addition to having all the functionality you want in one device, you'll also find the battery life of a Garmin device is better than doing the equivalent functions using a phone.
Thanks for the input, I will take a look at my options. I just wanted to get some feedback from actual users of the Garmin series. I will have to take a look at the Strava, I do like MMR because I can share that with friends and see what route they are doing.

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For your stated needs, a 500/510 is adequate, and less expensive. I have both a 500 and a 800. The only time I've used the 500 since getting the 800 is to compare results on the same ride with each device. The mapping function is okay on the 800. The biggest reasons I got the 800, after having used the 500 for awhile, is to get the routing/mapping functionality. If you have the funds, get the 800/810 - if things are tight, the 500/510 will do what you want.

And, yes ... Strava is "better" for monitoring your progress. I have one "standard" loop I ride that is 15.2 miles with about 900 feet of climbing. My goal is to ride that loop in a certain time, so I defined a Strava segment of that loop. It is very simple to compare results of that ride with one another.
I agree with this 100%. I also have a 500 and an 800.

For reference, I found the 800 for $309 on line and Garmin had a $100 mail in rebate that ended at the end of May I believe. $210 or so for a garmin 800, I couldn't pass that up. Since it's no longer the "current" model, you should be able to find either at a healthy discount from the original MSRP. The 500 will do what you want and it's a nice little piece of equipment. The 800 is just fancier, has a slightly nicer interface and of course, onboard maps.
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