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Old 02-07-06, 06:55 PM
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Trouble? (...maybe?...) BWAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAA - I held off (barely). But no odo on the bike is trying my patience. It could even be raising my heart rate, but I can't tell that either.

So, for you owners - now that you've ridden it a bit, what do you think of the GPS trace-display, as opposed to a regular GPS unit? Do you think you'll wish you'd just hung Polar CS200cad & regular GPS units on your bars instead?



update: I placed my order with REI.com a few minutes ago. They expect to ship 2/21 to me. Yeah, I maybe could have saved a few bucks buying from an etailer, but if the unit doesn't work out, I'm only 10 minutes from the closest REI store.
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Originally Posted by R900
I've got decent clearance all around. I did need to tilt the sensor out a tad to pick up the cadence magnet, but everything seems to fit very well.

John

Right you have fairly traditionally straight chain stays. Check out the phot attached of what I had to do to get good clearance. I still love the unit...but the CAD sensor could have been designed better...like if the cad sensor was on a pivot like the speed sensor so you could move it out to the crank.

If I have the speed arm the whole way down the magnet hit. If I flipped the magnet like the direction ssuggest it still hits...if I put it on a spoke on the other side it is too far away...so the sensor in up...and the cad part has to be leaned out to pick up the crank magnet.
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Wow, it looks close. Even with the speed sensor down (close to the transmitter) you are still having clearance problems? It looks almost close enough where you could cheat a little in each direction and still maybe be close enough to work. Good Luck.

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P.S. Is it possible to try it on the drive side, would it make and difference...
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Hi,

Well I got my Edge 305 with cadence and heart rate last week Wednesday. I immediately noticed that the elevation readout didn't seem to be correct. The short of it is that after two rides with very erratic elevation and total ascent readings, I spoke with Garmin and I am supposed to get a new unit tomorrow (next day shipping).

The pain is that they are charging my credit card for the new unit and will refund my card when they get the defective one. The positive note is that they are paying shipping in both directions.

Overall I like the unit and if you upload your data to MotionBased you can then export it to Google Earth and have it "fly" through your ride. The really amazing part is that the route actually tracks you on the proper side of the street -- even if you ride on the same street outbound and inbound -- very cool!

Anyway, assuming the elevation feature works on the new unit -- the Edge 305 should answer some nagging problems that I've had with the Polar S710i. Particularly with HR and speed signal dropouts. I rode past some offending areas (high EMF?) and the HR kept ticking.

BTW, I haven't had the time to put the cadence/speed sensor on my track bike yet. Should be fun calibrating it on the street since it doesn't have brakes.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Right you have fairly traditionally straight chain stays. Check out the phot attached of what I had to do to get good clearance. I still love the unit...but the CAD sensor could have been designed better...like if the cad sensor was on a pivot like the speed sensor so you could move it out to the crank.

If I have the speed arm the whole way down the magnet hit. If I flipped the magnet like the direction ssuggest it still hits...if I put it on a spoke on the other side it is too far away...so the sensor in up...and the cad part has to be leaned out to pick up the crank magnet.
wow... if i'm looking at this correctly... it looks like it very vulnerable to breaking! i like the way the other pic is better.. with the little arm down... i'm worried now cuz my bike being smaller.. *sigh*.... i hate waiting.. i want my edge NOW!
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Well Cali I think you and I may need to get an after market magnet. I was talking about this on the MB forum and it was suggested that I try a magnet like this one from Sigma sport. http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4111
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will the aftermarket magnet make it so the little arm can be down**********???

that looks kinda like the long magnet that came with the polar????

UGH! you'd think garmin woulda researched this
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Originally Posted by caligurl
will the aftermarket magnet make it so the little arm can be down**********???

that looks kinda like the long magnet that came with the polar????

UGH! you'd think garmin woulda researched this
Well that would be the goal. It will depend on the size of the magnet. The one that comes with the Garmin seems to be the same as the one that came with my CatEye Astrale 8
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Well that would be the goal. It will depend on the size of the magnet. The one that comes with the Garmin seems to be the same as the one that came with my CatEye Astrale 8
lol! that doesn't help.... i currently only have polars

*tapping foot impatiently* I WANT MY STINKIN' EDGE!
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I put both my cadence sensors (trainer and my road bike) on backarsewards (flipped it around with the speed sensor pointing to the tire instead of the hub---mounted it on opposite side chain stay) from the instructions and they both work great. Have gone over some pretty rough roads and over 250 miles with no problems with the unit moving around. It let me get the magnet close enough to the sensor to function properly and maintain decent clearance all the way around as well. I thought the speed sensor may not function properly mounted this way, but it seems to work fine.
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Originally Posted by HDWound
I put both my cadence sensors (trainer and my road bike) on backarsewards (flipped it around with the speed sensor pointing to the tire instead of the hub---mounted it on opposite side chain stay) from the instructions and they both work great. Have gone over some pretty rough roads and over 250 miles with no problems with the unit moving around. It let me get the magnet close enough to the sensor to function properly and maintain decent clearance all the way around as well. I thought the speed sensor may not function properly mounted this way, but it seems to work fine.

Your speed is calculated by the GPS for the most part, it was my understanding that the speed sensor only was used if the GPS signal was lost..... However, I could be wrong...

I rode with my Edge for the first time last week on a 56 mile ride... and I never once lost speed or any of the readings... I was using the default 8 informational display and it was awesome to see everything at once. It was not until I completed the ride that I found out you could change the 8 types to any information... DUH ME....

The unit is a great device and looks so much cleaner on my stem and the downloads.. Awesome as well... My polar S725 took over a minute to download the data, and I had to hold the unit in front of the IR port... Now, I just connect the Edge and before I can even grab the mouse, everything has been downloaded...
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Originally Posted by dahvaio
Your speed is calculated by the GPS for the most part, it was my understanding that the speed sensor only was used if the GPS signal was lost..... However, I could be wrong...

I rode with my Edge for the first time last week on a 56 mile ride... and I never once lost speed or any of the readings... I was using the default 8 informational display and it was awesome to see everything at once. It was not until I completed the ride that I found out you could change the 8 types to any information... DUH ME....

The unit is a great device and looks so much cleaner on my stem and the downloads.. Awesome as well... My polar S725 took over a minute to download the data, and I had to hold the unit in front of the IR port... Now, I just connect the Edge and before I can even grab the mouse, everything has been downloaded...
UGH! my 720 takes forever (it seems) to download longer rides! my arm gets tired holding it (ok.. not really.. just being dramatic for effect!)

did you join motion based and upload it? i can't wait to do that and play around with it! i keep thinking of all the rides we can do that would be cool to have uploaded! i would LOVE to have it for the century this weekend! *sigh*

oh... and from reading the info and at MB forums.. i got the same impression... that the speed sensor only kicks in if you loose signal!

on my 720 i'm constantly switching to see elevation or the time... or speed... or cadence.. etc.. it will be SO nice to have it ALL there without playing with buttons!

GRRRR i'm so jealous and impatient!
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I signed up for Motionbased... It takes a few minutes to install... and only a second or two to send to MB... Once there, I just download the file and import it into GoogleEarth to see where I have been... The different types of pictures at MB are really good to see; especially, the terrain...

My main reason for purchasing the Edge is for being able to display 8 things simultaneously.... Hope you get yours soon...
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ME, TOO! WHAAAAAAAa (yes... i'm whining! like a gurl! )
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One thing about the Training Software. There is a glitch and it just does not pertain to the Edge, it is with the Garmin Software. If after you have downloaded your route and you do not see a map underneath the route, you need to update your training software or apply a new patch.

Your Map Tab should look like this:
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so the training software the comes WITH the edge.. doesn't work properly? i know that at motion based i have to find and dowload the beta (should do that now instead of waiting for it to get here)....

i take it the patch is on either garmin's or motion based site (oh... do you mean the new patch that is out for the edge itself**********?)
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It is a patch for the Garmin Training software.... Has nothing to do with the Edge. This is the same software used for all of the Forerunners and Edges'...

The patch is on Garmins website....
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ok... i'll check out their site to make sure i know where it's at in case i need it! sure does stink that they software they packaged with the edge doesn't work with it
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I just tried the update... It is just a REG update:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Garmin\Mapsource\Products]
"InstallDir"="C:\\Garmin\\"
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The REG update is a piece of cake... My maps look ok, but no big blue area on the left, you So Cal guys and gals really have it nice, biking this time of year in warm temps sounds wonderful. We did get some sun today, but the temp was in the 20's maybe lower 30's. I can't wait until Spring.

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just got the email notification that my bundle shipped (ordered cad/hr bundle from Planet GPS for $301 shipped)... I'll have it on the 14th!

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Originally Posted by dahvaio
It is a patch for the Garmin Training software.... Has nothing to do with the Edge. This is the same software used for all of the Forerunners and Edges'...

The patch is on Garmins website....
OK, I'm obviously going blind in my old age. Can someone provide the URL for the patch? TIA.

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got it today at work. charged it up for the commute home. this works so well for me that it's kinda anti-climactic. i'm stoked. can't wait for a long ride to geek out on the data. motionbased is supercool!
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got it today at work. charged it up for the commute home. this works so well for me that it's kinda anti-climactic. i'm stoked. can't wait for a long ride to geek out on the data. motionbased is supercool!
ok.... so another person's was shipped... you got your... maybe mine will ship/be here SOON? (yes.. i'm pouting and whining still!)
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Is anyone still looking for a good deal on one? They have the EdgeCAD and EdgeHR in stock at excaliberpc.com for $270. You can also add the cadence or heart rate belt for $50 and with the $10 shipping, the bundle would cost $330.
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