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Is Garmin 500 a good match with a PT/ training peaks?

Old 02-11-13, 01:01 PM
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Is Garmin 500 a good match with a PT/ training peaks?

Hi all.

I'm not a racer but will soon be training with a powertap any way. I currently have a Garmin 500 that I train with HR. I'm just a few weeks away of ordering a PT. Should I also order the Jeoule? Is training peaks the best softwear?

How should I get set up?

Thanks

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I think WKO is the best, others like Golden Cheeta.

You can try WKO for free for two weeks to give it a go - GC is free.

And fwiw I don't think you need the Joule, the 500 does plenty.
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Garmin 500 is fine - any ANT+ device will work. Garmins are pretty versatile and customizable.

Training Peaks is good. Golden Cheetah is free. Strava is adding additional Power functionality on a weekly basis it seems (not free).

You should begin your readng with the Cyclist Training Bible and Training and Racing with a Power Meter. These two books will teach your the ABC's of training and trainign with power (even if you dont plan to race).
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In addition to those books, this is also a good start: http://home.trainingpeaks.com/power411.aspx
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Originally Posted by johnybutts View Post
Garmin 500 is fine - any ANT+ device will work. Garmins are pretty versatile and customizable.

Training Peaks is good. Golden Cheetah is free. Strava is adding additional Power functionality on a weekly basis it seems (not free).

You should begin your readng with the Cyclist Training Bible and Training and Racing with a Power Meter. These two books will teach your the ABC's of training and trainign with power (even if you dont plan to race).
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Skip the Joule. The 500 will be fine.
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Another for the 500...It's all my wife and I use with our PTs
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People on the wattage list have been complaining about the Joule's short battery life and unreliability.
The 500 with the latest firmware (3.0) is reliable.
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Short answer: Yes. Long: Starting my 3rd year with an Edge 500 and PT. A solid combination. The Edge can calculate speed from GPS and the PT can provide data to estimate cadence, so you don't *have* to get an ANT+ cadence/wheel speed sensor (I did anyway for better performance and indoor use). The PT hub internal batteries (coin cells) need to replaced periodically. I located a local shop with the special tool to open the hub, provide my own batteries, and usually get them replaced while I wait. Good idea to do this if it has been a few months and you have a big ride coming up - sucks to be hoping for data from $AWESOME_CLIMB only to have the PT die 20 minutes into the ride. I've had my hub bearings rebuilt once (3-4,000 miles/year) which IMO is reasonable wear & tear.
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