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Old 11-26-21, 04:41 PM
Steve B.
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What do you want it to do ?, and what steered you towards a GPS tracking computer ?.

Besides the very same functions available on a $50 Cateye - speed, distance and riding time, the top of the line Garmin Edge 1030 Plus tells you where you are, has more training and performance functions then you can ever figure out to use, and is terrific at getting a navigable route downloaded that gives you turn by turn and a map for riding places you have never been. The navigation functions are to me the big selling point, though a lot of really hard core cyclists make very good use of the performance and training functions. less expensive models can dot the navigation and TBT as well.

I've used 3 different Garmin models, a Wahoo Bolt and a Hammerhead Karoo 2 ((I'm a tech junkie). Garmins are not particualry difficult to get set up, the manuals suck, but there are tons of YT's that tell you how to get it all up and running. Wahoo requires a smartphone for initial setup, which is easier than a Garmin, but after setup the actual device is no easier or harder to use day-to-day. Hammerhead makes the very nice Karoo 2, Android based and a slick setup and user interface, has the best navigation and best screen, with decent functionality, though they roll out new features slowly and still have a few bugs. Garmins are known to be buggy as well but the vast majority of users have no issues. All these cost money. Garmin 530 around $250, 830 around $400, Hammerhead at $400 (best value in my opinion), and 1030 Plus at $600 or more.
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