Only a Garmin 500 but the experience of getting one was not easy.
First of all--Do I need a computer?
Second--can I afford one?
Third---Do I need all those functions?
Fourth--Where to get it.
Do I need one? Not really as I know how slow I am- but I do need to improve speed a bit and that cannot be done unless I start recording rides.
Cost is a factor but having had cheap units that worked adequately- why Don't I go for one of those---which leads onto-----------
I may not need all the functions but HRM is going to be an essential in the future--Cadence not so much as I will pedal at what I find efficient and comfortable and I don't need a meter for that. Speed- average-mean and current are always useful in training. Altimeter and with our hills I want to see by how much those hills have grown and gradient is always a bragging factor--If I ever need it.
But it was where to get it that drove me mad. Forget buying from the US as Shipping and Taxes will put it up to near full retail price. Plenty of online places to get one and all about the same price. One or two advertised low prices that were not low and I think the annoying thing is that this is a cycle computer and other "Non" cycling shops were cheaper. Cheaper by about £15 to £20. That is $20 to $30 in your money. Don't get me wrong- I could afford one thanks to a little windfall and as the wife has just bought a Goofle Nexus out of it- I will not even feel guilty.
In the end I went into all the bike online shops to find the best price and saw on PBK an offer for 20% off their price. They had it for £179 so 20% off would be cheaper than anywhere. Went for it but it is not 20% off their price--It is 20% off the original retail price. Put it at 1penny above the cheapest I could find anywhere else.
So just hope I can put it to good use in the future. Got the version without HRM belt and Cadence sensor as I already have those from the edge 305.
But what really swayed me to get a very expensive Garmin as opposed to a cheap computer is that I liked the 305 and just a pity it played up. Ease of setting the thing up (None) The extra functions it does offer and the ease of recording data for reference. And then the number of members here that have it and praise it.