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Anyone use Garmin Vivoactive with Cadence/speed sensors

Old 02-21-17, 09:48 AM
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Anyone use Garmin Vivoactive with Cadence/speed sensors

I have a Garmin Vivoactive and am considering using it as my daily bike computer and I know it's compatible with Ant+ cadence, speed and heart rate sensors. I don't know if I'll ever use a chest heart strap, but I'm definitely interested in speed and cadence.
Anyone else use this setup? and if so, what are your thoughts? I'm no professional racer or anything, so, I don't need anything super fancy.
I've read DC Rainmakers review already and that's got a lot of good info. Just want to get some more opinions before I take the plunge.
Thank you!
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Originally Posted by motosonic View Post
I have a Garmin Vivoactive and am considering using it as my daily bike computer and I know it's compatible with Ant+ cadence, speed and heart rate sensors. I don't know if I'll ever use a chest heart strap, but I'm definitely interested in speed and cadence.
Anyone else use this setup? and if so, what are your thoughts? I'm no professional racer or anything, so, I don't need anything super fancy.
I've read DC Rainmakers review already and that's got a lot of good info. Just want to get some more opinions before I take the plunge.
Thank you!
I use a Fenix 3HR for a backup for when I forget to charge my normal bike computer. Same kind of thing. It works great for recording. I don't have a data display set up other than the default one - but I don't have any bike mount for it and on the wrist it's never pointing in a readable direction. I do most of my riding in groups that are going hard enough that checking my wrist isn't a distraction I want.

I bypass the built in LED HR sensor with a chest strap when I do. The Vivoactive doesn't store multiple bike profiles so if you have multiple bikes and have a set of sensors for each you'll have to re-pair the sensors (unless they've added this since I chose my watch...). I use a power meter, so that was the main reason I went with the more expensive Fenix.

There's an inexpensive bar mount ($15MSRP) for the Garmin watches that don't use the normal mount, and I'd recommend that if you're using it to actually watch your cadence on a ride.

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Old 02-21-17, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by kc0bbq View Post
I use a Fenix 3HR for a backup for when I forget to charge my normal bike computer. Same kind of thing. It works great for recording. I don't have a data display set up other than the default one - but I don't have any bike mount for it and on the wrist it's never pointing in a readable direction. I do most of my riding in groups that are going hard enough that checking my wrist isn't a distraction I want.

I bypass the built in LED HR sensor with a chest strap when I do. The Vivoactive doesn't store multiple bike profiles so if you have multiple bikes and have a set of sensors for each you'll have to re-pair the sensors (unless they've added this since I chose my watch...). I use a power meter, so that was the main reason I went with the more expensive Fenix.

There's an inexpensive bar mount ($15MSRP) for the Garmin watches that don't use the normal mount, and I'd recommend that if you're using it to actually watch your cadence on a ride.
Believe it or not, I already have the bike mount. I'll probably only sync it up to my main bike for now, too. Perhaps it's worthwhile to get the whole package then.. the HR strap, the cadence and speed. The speed sensor would really only come in handy when it's on the trainer, I'm thinking.

I was about to buy a cycling computer.. and then I thought.. I bought this watch to track my cycling and running, so why not just try making it work for both?
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I use the Vivoactive HR for recording my cycling. I still use an Edge unit for display purposes during rides though.
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I used it with the Wahoo Blue SC. Actually the Vivoactive HR. It works fine, there is an app on the Garmin Connect store that shows cadence, speed, HR on one watch screen. It's very handy. I also used the Wahoo RFLTK+ on my handlebars, so I could see more data easier without turning the wrist to look at the watch.


It's acceptable for simpler applications.
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I use a Fenix 3 HR watch to record my cycling. I still use an Edge sometimes as a display.

The wrist-based HRM is worthless. Just awful.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I use a Fenix 3 HR watch to record my cycling. I still use an Edge sometimes as a display.

The wrist-based HRM is worthless. Just awful.
Whew. I almost bought a Fenix hoping it was going to be the big solution, so I'm glad I didn't.

Perhaps I'll give this combo a try then.. and if I feel I need more, I'll just pick up an Edge 520
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I love my F3, it's just the wrist sensor is garbage. I use a chest strap whenever I want to know my HR.
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ahh, gotcha. it's definitely more robust than the Vivoactive.. I just wonder if I'll be 'ok' wearing a chest band HR sensor? Worth a try I suppose.
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Originally Posted by aplcr0331 View Post
I used it with the Wahoo Blue SC. Actually the Vivoactive HR. It works fine, there is an app on the Garmin Connect store that shows cadence, speed, HR on one watch screen. It's very handy. I also used the Wahoo RFLTK+ on my handlebars, so I could see more data easier without turning the wrist to look at the watch.


It's acceptable for simpler applications.
There's a screen (display) from the Connect store that you can use with the Garmin bike app to show the cadence, speed, HR, etc. on 1 screen.
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ahh, gotcha. it's definitely more robust than the Vivoactive.. I just wonder if I'll be 'ok' wearing a chest band HR sensor? Worth a try I suppose.
I was able to pair the Garmin HR band, Garmin cadence sensor, Garmin speed sensor with the vivo and got all data displayed.
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Originally Posted by fsdogwood View Post
I was able to pair the Garmin HR band, Garmin cadence sensor, Garmin speed sensor with the vivo and got all data displayed.
This is awesome, thank you! sounds like I'm going to take the plunge!
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I bought the first generation vivoactive for my wife as she didn't have a bike computer and sometimes likes to run. I found that it didn't really work if you want to know your data as your riding on your wrist. It's just not convenient. The garmin mount works, but is a bit of a pain in the ass to get on and off and also looks bulky. The battery life was insufficient as well. 4hrs into it and it'll die. The newer version may be a bit better. I ended up buying and edge for her as she doesn't care too much about recording the data.
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