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Old 10-13-15, 07:20 AM
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help me think logically about spending my birthday money

I recently celebrated my birthday and am looking at some cool ways to spend it.

I am interested in Downtube's IGH Gates driven bike I don't have enough to buy it outright but it would allow me to have a 1. a folding bike 2. a belt drive bike 3. Internal gear hubbed bike. It would be for travel and to bop around the neighborhood or wherever with my son.

I am also thinking about Garmin 520. I had originally thought about the Edge 25 but I think after talking with a friend that I would not mind having the ability to add the information to my riding. I don't race and 80% of my riding is for transportation. I do also straight up road rides and mountain bike as well.

Which would be a better use of the birthday money in your opinion? I know it is two randomly different things but I think both would be fun, interesting, and useful in there own right.

Any pros or cons for either would be appreciated.
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Old 10-13-15, 08:24 AM
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I understand why you want the bike. Why do you want the Garmin? If 80% of your riding is transportation, do you envision using it for directions, statistics, social media via Edge or Strava? Is there a cheaper way of fulfilling those needs? Answering that might help you do the cost / benefit analysis.
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Old 10-13-15, 08:51 AM
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Good question I want to be able to see more statistics about my rides. I guess it is the nerd in me. I ride pretty hard/ fast even though I am commuting. I ride a cyclocross bike and like going fast. I think it is the competitive part of me. I like the idea of experimenting with Strava... I also would like GPS of my mountain bike rides.

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I understand why you want the bike. Why do you want the Garmin? If 80% of your riding is transportation, do you envision using it for directions, statistics, social media via Edge or Strava? Is there a cheaper way of fulfilling those needs? Answering that might help you do the cost / benefit analysis.
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Old 10-13-15, 06:19 PM
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If you don't have a folding bike, then definitely the folding bike.

Also, you can emulate some of the features of the Garmin using certain apps on a smart phone.


By the way, this is a cycling forum, not an electronics forum, you didn't really come here expecting to be talked out of buying a bicycle, did you?
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Old 10-13-15, 06:48 PM
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Old 10-13-15, 11:37 PM
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Why not just save some change and use the Strava GPS instead, especially if you're mostly just using your bike for commuting. Unless you want HR/power info.
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