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bres dad 05-12-16 06:26 AM

Looking for new bike computer set up
I'm looking to replace the Bontrager computer on my secondary bike (don't remember its model off hand.) It does have an ANT+ speed/cadence sensor. My Primary bike has a Bontrager Node 1.1 w/ dual band Ant+/Bluetooth. I'm split between getting a new computer for the secondary bike (leaving my primary alone) and move the Node to the secondary bike and getting a different computer or phone app for the primary bike. Main features I'm wanting regardless are speed & cadence. GPS would be nice in case I'm in a new area. I typically ride the same routes and usually don't do group rides or post where I've been for others to see.

So I guess what would either be a decent Ant+ computer (speed/cadence) for my secondary bike
Or a decent computer/smart phone app (speed, cadence, alt?) for my primary bike? Sensor on that bike is both blue tooth & Ant+

gpburdell 05-12-16 08:37 AM

I'm no expert in such matters, but personally I'd opt for ANT+ based since that is a 1-to-many protocol vs. bluetooth's 1-to-1. Meaning, with ANT+ you can have multiple receivers such as the bike computer plus your phone or watch or whatever. The sensor doesn't care, it's just happily broadcasting the data, and all in-range receivers that are "paired" to it will pick up the signal.

For example I have a basic Trip300 and DuotrapS on my TrekDS, so I have speed/cadence right there without having to mess with anything. If I want to record the ride, I just start a Bike activity on my watch (920xt or FR235) and it picks up the same ANT+ signal from the duotrapS. If I also had a phone with an ANT+ adapter it could also pick up the signal with whatever app. With bluetooth I believe you can't do this without some of the devices retransmitting the data, which seems like more possible headache/trouble.

Hopefully at least this gives some info. I'm a pretty casual rider, mostly I run, so other likely know more about this than I.

bres dad 05-13-16 05:41 AM

I've got the 300 on my secondary bike and really don't like it much. I've had issues with it and its going to be replaced. Right now, I'm considering a Garmin Edge 520 vs. using my phone with Wahoo, Strava, etc. Thoughts?

TakingMyTime 05-13-16 08:38 AM

I've had a 520 for about 10 rides now and I'm quite happy with it. I think I've only had one glitch with it and it wasn't that bad. There do seem to be some people that have problems with it but I haven't seen those on my unit so far.

ypsetihw 05-13-16 08:58 AM

strava on your phone

canondale iq114 wired speed and cadence, $15 from aawyeahbikes: Cannondale IQ114 Wired Bike Computer with Cadence - AAWYEAH Bikes and Bicycle Parts

edit: if you want your cadence data on strava, a wahoo bluetooth sensor will pair with it on an iphone or android easily

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