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Old 06-18-14, 11:19 PM   #1
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new cyclocomputers to wait for?

I was just wondering if anything good has been announced that would be worth waiting for. im looking for something with heart rate and cadence, but not necessarily a gps. I was going to get the sigma rox 5.0, but i wanted to check if there was anything coming out. thanks.
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Old 06-18-14, 11:56 PM   #2
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What more would you expect from something new? There are already so many out there that do so much. I say dive in now, don't bother waiting for the latest and greatest or you will be waiting forever.
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yeah, good point. i guess i was looking to see if they were releasing somehting more reliable, user friendly, blah blah but usally that kind of stuff is just fluff. ill probably just buy the sigma. it has good reviews
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Based upon my research ending with what I bought, I would say the Garmin Edge 500 bundle with cadence and heart rate strap is the best computer available relative to price/features. Yes, the 510 is now out there and many different computers with more or less features, but to me the 500 is the sweet spot. I have really enjoyed the functionality of it. You can find it on line for the bundle for 250-275 bux.

If you just want to track distance and speed and/or cadence with GPS, then just get a cheap Cateye Strada with Cadence which is Wireless.

But if you like to ride a lot, then GPS and the telemetry aspect of the 500 makes all the difference really.

Only peeve I have with the 500 which no doubt includes many boomers like myself, the display just isn't as crisp as it could be if designed for those with less than perfect close focal length vision like most of the aging population. For example, the cheap Cateye Strada has a much more defined font at a fraction of the price.

If Garmin addresses this with a future incantation, I will replace my 500 alone for this issue.

HTH.

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FWIW I bought the ROX 5.0 this past weekend and like it a lot. I've had other basic cyclocomputers and a separate HRM, never had a cadence monitor, so there may be others that are comparable or better.

At first the ROX seemed pretty complicated, and the manual that comes in the box is like 90% how to install and 10% how to use. So I got it working but couldn't figure out how to use it. I went online and got the operations manual and it turns out to be very easy to use and well laid out. It's nice the have the HRM built in and the cadence was an eye opener as I was surprised how low my cadence was.
My close-up vision sucks and I can see everything on the display easily, even the little up and down arrows that indicate if you're above or below avg speed, etc.
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