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Time to replace my Garmin Edge 305, reccomendations?

Old 07-02-22, 07:13 PM
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Time to replace my Garmin Edge 305, reccomendations?

I have had my Garmin Edge 305 since 2008. I have used it with the speed cadence sensor. Has worked well for me. but I am having more and more trouble getting it to download ride data, so I think it is time to get a replacement. I am leaning toward the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt, but willing to listen to suggestions.

I have 2 bikes, a commuter and a road bike I would like to use the computer with. I like having a cadence, but not an absolute must. I do like GPS and wireless.

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Old 07-03-22, 06:19 AM
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I am very happy with the Wahoo Bolt. I used Garmin in the past and always seemed to have BT problems. No problems with the Bolt.
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What’s your budget?
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had not considered a budget. so far I can afford anything I have read about so far. Lets say under $500

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$500 is a lot for cadence and GPS. I would probably go Garmin Edge 130+ for $200 unless you wanted to have maps or something else.
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Hammerhead Karoo 2 is an option. $400. They have a much better screen, better map image, very good navigation and turn by turn. They update every 2 weeks so stay on top of bugs. Only downside is battery life is not as good as Garmin, 10-12 hrs, typical. Thats about what a Bolt can do. Or a Garmin Explore, $249. Designed for the touring market, doesn't have the power and workout functions, also about 12 hrs. battery life, can use a speed sensor. Good size touch screen which is useful for scrolling maps. If you can find one, the Garmin 1030 Plus was selling for $450, very good top of the line unit, 20 hrs. of battery. Not sure they are still available.

In my experience with multiple Garmins including a 1030 currently, the BT issues seem mostly solved. Mine connects with no issues and does Live Track reliably.
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I wonder if the speed/cadence sensors I use with my Garmin Edge 305 will work with any of the new computers?
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If you can find one, the Garmin 1030 Plus was selling for $450, very good top of the line unit, 20 hrs. of battery. Not sure they are still available.
They are available from Garmin, REI, Competitive Cyclist, Western Bike Works, and a lot of other places. For $600.

https://www.rei.com/product/182346/g...-bike-computer

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/g...edge-1030-plus
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They are available from Garmin, REI, Competitive Cyclist, Western Bike Works, and a lot of other places. For $600.

https://www.rei.com/product/182346/g...-bike-computer

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/g...edge-1030-plus
Yeah, I think the sale is gone sadly. It was a great deal. baffles me why it's back to full price, you can get the 1040 same price, you think they would keep it at $500 or so and get rid of stock.
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OP, if you’re considering a Garmin 1030+, get the 1040 (non-solar) for the same price when it’s available again. But, as already pointed out, if you only need something to record your rides and cadence, a Garmin 830 or Karoo will easily fit your bill for much less.
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I wonder if the speed/cadence sensors I use with my Garmin Edge 305 will work with any of the new computers?
Both of my GSC-10 sensors quit working reliably in the last year or so. They would drop out and then work again later. But one was 15 years old! These are the stay mounted + spoke magnet sensors. They worked fine with my 1030 for a few years. I got the newer hub mounted speed sensor to replace them.
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Both of my GSC-10 sensors quit working reliably in the last year or so. They would drop out and then work again later. But one was 15 years old! These are the stay mounted + spoke magnet sensors. They worked fine with my 1030 for a few years. I got the newer hub mounted speed sensor to replace them.

ya my GSC-10 sensors were bought at the same time as the head unit, in March of 2008. So maybe time to replace those sensors as well.
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You should be able to find a Garmin 830 package, with speed and cadence sensors and an HRM strap, for your $500.

Of course it, and anything else on the market now, has so many bells and whistles it'll take you a while to figure out what you'll ignore, and to learn how to use the good parts.
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Bryton Rider 750. One of the cheapest touchscreen GPS head units you can buy. Works really well. Great battery life. Compatible with pretty much any sensor you can think of (including the Varia radar). I love mine.
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looks like I missed a 4th of July sale. I am guessing next likely sales with be for labor day weekend.
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Yeah, I think the sale is gone sadly. It was a great deal. baffles me why it's back to full price, you can get the 1040 same price, you think they would keep it at $500 or so and get rid of stock.
​​​​​​No, they're not gone, they're just not on sale any more. Now that they're back to full price they'll probably never be gone.
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