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Old 03-09-21, 07:21 AM
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Bike Computer Repair

When I retired in 2016 my kids bought me a Garmin 1000. It was a lot more bike computer than what I needed but I really appreciated what they did. I had been using Garmin 705 and was very comfortable with them. In fact I had two of them, one as a backup. I had even replaced the battery in both units and they seemed bomb proof.

I didnít start using the 1000 right away. In fact, when I rode across the US not long after, I used the 705ís. At the time I didnít want to put something new into play for the trip. But when I returned I started using the 1000.

The 1000 has a larger screen plus its touchscreen. I was skeptical of the touchscreen and thought it was probably something that would just cause trouble long term. However after using it for 4 years I didnít realize how much I enjoyed using the touchscreen plus the larger screen.

However about 6 months ago the rubber power button on the 1000 disintegrated and broke off. Itís just a cheap poor design. I was able to keep using it by poking a small screwdriver inside the unit to power it up and down. However it wasnít waterproof any more. Not long after the charging port starting acting up and sometimes it wouldnít recharge.

I contacted Garmin and they no longer repairs nor carry more 1000ís. So I bought a Garmin 530. It does what I need but itís a smaller screen and not touchscreen. While it has a lot of features The tiny buttons on the sides are hard to use while riding with gloves on. I sure missed my 1000.

After a little more research, I found a replacement back cover on eBay that had a new battery plus a new charging port. It was from China but worth the $50 risk. It also had the rubber power button. Fortunately the back cover was screwed on. And the screws were tiny T6 screws. Another $6 for a screwdriver set.

The cover arrived yesterday and the cover replacement only took 15 minutes. The biggest chases getting the rubber gasket reseated but I did it.

Anyway it powered up and all my data is there. Iím tickled to have my 1000 back up and running. I went ahead and bought another back plate for next time.

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Old 03-09-21, 08:03 AM
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Great story! I'm not surprised that companies plan for obsolescence much quicker today and no longer support them, with the hope that you'd simply buy a replacement.

Speaking of T6 screws, years ago when I was changing brake discs on Saab (after GM bought them), one of the Torx screws GM decided to use was an in-between size that only their dealers had. Screw them (pun intended)! I searched everywhere for it (as a matter of principle, lol), but eventually found it.
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Thatís cool. I love being able to repair things back to a usable state. But be prepared. Someday you may have to part with it. In the meantime...enjoy.

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That’s great!
Support right-to-repair and hopefully we can keep our devices working longer and out of the landfill.
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