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    Best Bike Computer for Double Centuries?

    I love my Garmin, but I hate it that it craps out after 10 hours in the midst of double centuries such as last weekends Eastern Sierra Double. Is there some sort of fix for this? I imagine not. I'm riding the Terrible Two next weekend, and I want a more reliable computer. So can anyone suggest favorite cycling computer alternatives to the short-lived Garmin? The VDO 1.0 seems like a good alternative. Any other suggestions? Or comments? Thanks.

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    Is an extra battery an option?

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    There is always the option of finishing in under 10 hours so your Garmin will be fine

    In all seriousness, do a search on BF or the Motion Based forum. Lots of info out there about getting an external battery that can give you as mush as 16-20 hrs of use.

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    I read somewhere (perhaps on this forum) about external battery packs that come with several different connectors (including the mini-usb used by the Edge. You could stick one of these in a Bento box behind the stem, running the wire to the Edge. Not the most elegant solution, but would get you the additional hours you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshTalley
    I love my Garmin, but I hate it that it craps out after 10 hours in the midst of double centuries such as last weekends Eastern Sierra Double. Is there some sort of fix for this? I imagine not. I'm riding the Terrible Two next weekend, and I want a more reliable computer. So can anyone suggest favorite cycling computer alternatives to the short-lived Garmin? The VDO 1.0 seems like a good alternative. Any other suggestions? Or comments? Thanks.
    Buy one of these, plug it into your Garmin when it's about out of juice, it'll then re-charge as you ride along.

    http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B000IOKLZM

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    I've used the above for the Solvang, Central Coast, and Eastern Sierra Doubles and it worked great.

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    It's rechargeable, so it doesn't even open. No place to put a replacement battery.

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    You plug the battery charger thing into the mini-USB port of the Garmin; as if charging from a wall socket/computer.

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    Thanks. I'll do it. Anyone use the VDO 1.0? If so, how do you like it?

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    I really love my VDO MC1.0+.
    :-)

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    Same thing happened to me at Davis! You'd have thought Garmin would have had a solution for this. A lot of cyclists ride Doubles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpconrad
    Buy one of these, plug it into your Garmin when it's about out of juice, it'll then re-charge as you ride along.

    http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B000IOKLZM
    The only thing that I dislike about this is the short cable that connects the two devices. I am positive that I can pick up a better cable at Radio Shack, that way I can stash the charger in my bento box...
    Women think they're so clever because they can fake an orgasm for the sake of a relationship, but men can fake a whole relationship for the sake of an orgasm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extort
    The only thing that I dislike about this is the short cable that connects the two devices. I am positive that I can pick up a better cable at Radio Shack, that way I can stash the charger in my bento box...
    I just throw the Garmin in the Bento Box, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpconrad
    I just throw the Garmin in the Bento Box, as well.
    now that is a perfect solution! Thanks!
    Women think they're so clever because they can fake an orgasm for the sake of a relationship, but men can fake a whole relationship for the sake of an orgasm.

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    the energizer thing and a bento box is the way to go if you rock the garmin....zero issues here...
    Mistakes are just fine. Just don't make excuses....

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    anyone know the cheapest place to get the 205? I don't REALLY need another HRM....
    ...mad as a box of frogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone
    anyone know the cheapest place to get the 205? I don't REALLY need another HRM....
    Some people here bought theirs from Geomangear

    http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?...products_id=23

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    pretty good price, thanks
    ...mad as a box of frogs

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    I got the 305 package (HR + Cadence) for $270 from pcnation.com.

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    Unrelated to Garmin, but if you're going for a data logging device, remember to look for one with sufficient storage too. Mine lasts only 7 hrs at 1s intervals and I need to bump it up to record every 2s to get 14 hrs.

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    I've finally decided I like the Garmin. It does overestimate, but now that I "get it" and can operate it, I think it's great and works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1
    I've finally decided I like the Garmin. It does overestimate, but now that I "get it" and can operate it, I think it's great and works well.

    and the angels sang....
    Mistakes are just fine. Just don't make excuses....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scootcore
    and the angels sang....
    Whateva.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1
    I've finally decided I like the Garmin. It does overestimate, but now that I "get it" and can operate it, I think it's great and works well.

    I thought you threw that thing away eons ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomson
    I thought you threw that thing away eons ago.
    I think she read the manual instead!

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