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    iPhone App, Bike Computer or GPS with customizable displays

    Hi everyone, I just picked up my Felt Z85 and have been using my iPhone with maymyride as a gps/bike computer. While I like that, I plan on adding a HRM and a cadence/speed sensor to better track my progress. I know you're all thinking there's ton of things that do that but here's what I'm really looking for. I don't want to always see my mileage or time, that makes me focus too much on the wrong things. I'd like to be able to customize a view to see HR, Cadence, Speed and maybe power with the option to see time/distance.
    I would also like a feature that gives you automatic routes based on criteria (miles, altitude, difficulty) like the Magellan Cyclo 505 supposedly has. That looks like quite the machine but not sure I can justify the $500 for it.
    Appreciate any insight!

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    Garmin Edge 800/810 will let you choose what you want to display, with an easy flip to other screens. The Garmin Touring supposedly lets you generate a bikeable route; you'd have to check the features list to see if you can customize the display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robd54 View Post
    Hi everyone, I just picked up my Felt Z85 and have been using my iPhone with maymyride as a gps/bike computer. While I like that, I plan on adding a HRM and a cadence/speed sensor to better track my progress. I know you're all thinking there's ton of things that do that but here's what I'm really looking for. I don't want to always see my mileage or time, that makes me focus too much on the wrong things. I'd like to be able to customize a view to see HR, Cadence, Speed and maybe power with the option to see time/distance.
    I would also like a feature that gives you automatic routes based on criteria (miles, altitude, difficulty) like the Magellan Cyclo 505 supposedly has. That looks like quite the machine but not sure I can justify the $500 for it.
    Appreciate any insight!
    Cyclemeter for the iPhone will let you customize displays to your heart's content. Go nuts. It will also talk to speed/cadence sensors, and HRM through BT LE. Check out Wahoo Fitness for all of them. I recently added a RFKT+ display and I can now ride for 6 hours on a fully charged iPhone battery. The RFLKT+ also lets you do you own displays through Cyclemeter. Great combination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    Cyclemeter for the iPhone will let you customize displays to your heart's content. Go nuts. It will also talk to speed/cadence sensors, and HRM through BT LE. Check out Wahoo Fitness for all of them. I recently added a RFKT+ display and I can now ride for 6 hours on a fully charged iPhone battery. The RFLKT+ also lets you do you own displays through Cyclemeter. Great combination.

    J.
    I will second the Wahoo RFLKT+ if you use cyclometer or the Wahoo app as it lets you create a bunch of custom screens to your liking. The Wahoo sensors have been very reliable for me too.

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    Cyclemeter for the win....
    and these two wheels will take us anywhere.

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    Garmin Edge 510. It allows you to create and customize multiple "training screens" where you can display anywhere from 1-8 variables of your choosing. So one screen can have everything including time and distance, but another could just be cadence and heart rate, or whatever combo you can dream up!

    I highly recommend you buy the Edge 510 alone, and then buy the sensors separately. It's more expensive but then you can buy the newer "magnetless" version of the speed/cadence which are way easier to install and will not come out of alignment.

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    Hmm, so now I'm torn. I was leaning towards starting with the app and the wahoo sensors and eventually getting the RFKT+; actually ordered the sensors last night on amazon getting delivered today (Wahoo HRM and speed/cadence) but I'm really liking the magnetless ones from Garmin. Now I'm torn whether to return the cadence (keep the HRM) and get the 510 with the garmin sensors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robd54 View Post
    Hmm, so now I'm torn. I was leaning towards starting with the app and the wahoo sensors and eventually getting the RFKT+; actually ordered the sensors last night on amazon getting delivered today (Wahoo HRM and speed/cadence) but I'm really liking the magnetless ones from Garmin. Now I'm torn whether to return the cadence (keep the HRM) and get the 510 with the garmin sensors.
    I agree, those magnetless sensors look like a much better solution. This alone may steer me towards the Edge 500 vs the Wahoo, Rox 5.0 or Strada systems.

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    Just my 2 cents - the Edge 810 has been the worst cycling expense I have made in years. A book could be written on how buggy is the product, Garmin's response to issues, users who are not too embarrassed to admit it is a piece of junk and who really don't 'need' all the advertised bells and whistles, etc. etc. I don't think any feature of the 810 is worth the hassle of the device. A simple cyclometer, cue sheet/map, and ziploc bag seem so painless nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeyedoc View Post
    I agree, those magnetless sensors look like a much better solution. This alone may steer me towards the Edge 500 vs the Wahoo, Rox 5.0 or Strada systems.
    They should work with Cyclemeter and the RFLKT+. The RFLKT+ also has an ANT+ bridge in it. So it would pick up the sensors and then relay them to Cyclemeter.

    From the Wahoo Fitness website on the RFLKT+:

    "You can use the built in ANT+ bridge to connect your ANT + power meter, speed/cadence sensor, or heart rate monitor straight to your iPhone."

    I haven't done it, so I can't comment but it looks like it would work.

    Here's a new magnet free sensor set coming soon that looks even better and is also bluetooth compatible.

    http://velocomputer.com/views/index.jsp

    I agree, the Garmin sensors like interesting but I'd rather have the app end be Cyclemeter than Garmin's software. I like Cyclemeter way better.

    J.
    Last edited by JohnJ80; 07-31-14 at 10:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9606 View Post
    Just my 2 cents - the Edge 810 has been the worst cycling expense I have made in years.
    Last weekend I rode in a charity race with two buddies that have the 810 and they both talked a lot of hatred toward the product. I've had only a few minor issues with my Edge 510 in comparison, and nothing remotely enough to outweigh the good of this device. However I was thinking about it afterward and I think there is one big difference. I bought mine a month ago and immediately upgraded to v3.10 firmware. Both of my friends with the 810 bought it when they came out and running v1.0 firmware. I'm thinking I skipped a lot of the pain by coming later into the game after they fixed several things with newer firmware.

    Either way, I'm perfectly happy with the Edge 510 and new magnetless sensors, they are definitely slick. If I did it again I may have considered the new Magellan Cyclo 505.

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    i just ordered the RFLKT+ and the wireless sensor combo. I'm going to try that out this weekend and see if I like it; if not I'll send it back and get the 510. Already spending more $$ then I planned, lol

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    I was thinking about the RFLKT but there are some iffy reviews. I used my Wahoo Tickr with Wahoo on my iPhone today. I had the display live (though dim) through my 40 minute ride. It only ate up 8% battery life. I am thinking a better iPhone mount and power backup might be the way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robd54 View Post
    i just ordered the RFLKT+ and the wireless sensor combo. I'm going to try that out this weekend and see if I like it; if not I'll send it back and get the 510. Already spending more $$ then I planned, lol
    I'm interested to see how this works out for you. I've been using cyclemeter on my phone just to track distance and speed and to map out routes for certain times and/or distances. I'd rather not give that up. I don't want to mount my phone on the bike and I like the idea of extending battery life. I didn't realize the RLKT+ added the ANT+ bridge.

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    My wife and I both have the RFLKT+- very nice unit. We are using the Wahoo App on our iPhones, which let you upload data to most of the other online places- MapMyRide, Strava, etc. They are working very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by demoncyclist View Post
    My wife and I both have the RFLKT+- very nice unit. We are using the Wahoo App on our iPhones, which let you upload data to most of the other online places- MapMyRide, Strava, etc. They are working very well.
    Where do you keep your phone? The bad reviews I read had to do with dropouts if the phone is in your back pack or pocket, one guy mounted the phone on his bike somewhere to get around that. If it won't work with the phone in my pocket ( I usually wear baggy type bike shorts with front pockets), I'm out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeyedoc View Post
    Where do you keep your phone? The bad reviews I read had to do with dropouts if the phone is in your back pack or pocket, one guy mounted the phone on his bike somewhere to get around that. If it won't work with the phone in my pocket ( I usually wear baggy type bike shorts with front pockets), I'm out.
    I either keep my phone stem mounted using the thingie from quad lock case (http://www.quadlockcase.com) or in my side back jersey pocket. No problems either place. You hear of a lot of variances of people with BT (it is a radio after all) on cell phones but I've never had a problem with mine no matter where I put it. Then again, with my phone, I'm good with being 30' away from my phone on my BT headset too. I can tell you that when it's in the case from quad lock whether it's in my jersey or not, I don't have a problem. I would think some of the cases that might have metallized films or something could mess with that but if it's RF transparent, then no sweat.

    I've been very happy with the overall performance of the BT sensors in general.

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