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Old 06-07-07, 11:38 AM   #1
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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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Old 06-07-07, 11:42 AM   #2
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Is an extra battery an option?
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Old 06-07-07, 11:47 AM   #3
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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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Old 06-07-07, 11:54 AM   #4
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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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Old 06-07-07, 11:57 AM   #5
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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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Old 06-07-07, 11:58 AM   #6
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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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Old 06-07-07, 12:14 PM   #7
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It's rechargeable, so it doesn't even open. No place to put a replacement battery.
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Old 06-07-07, 12:20 PM   #8
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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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Old 06-07-07, 12:59 PM   #9
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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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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...
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Old 06-07-07, 02:24 PM   #13
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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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Old 06-07-07, 02:47 PM   #14
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I just throw the Garmin in the Bento Box, as well.
now that is a perfect solution! Thanks!
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the energizer thing and a bento box is the way to go if you rock the garmin....zero issues here...
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anyone know the cheapest place to get the 205? I don't REALLY need another HRM....
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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
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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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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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I thought you threw that thing away eons ago.
I think she read the manual instead!
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