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Old 05-02-07, 05:26 AM
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Calling All Garmin Edge Users...

So when you set up your "Bike Profile", how do you determine which bike weight to enter? My bike, without water bottles, the Garmin computer, or the Garmin mount, weighs 15.67 lbs.

Should I enter this weight, or should I determine what the average weight will be once I'm on the road with water, computer, etc. and enter that weight?

What's the point of the bike profile weight? I'm assuming it affects the "calories burned" ticker? I don't want to "cheat" on any of my workouts... does entering a lighter weight cheat, or vice versa?

I ask this because I know there is always a margin of error in weights, and I'd rather round up or down, whichever will ensure that my workout isn't even slightly easier than should be...

Thanks!
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Old 05-02-07, 05:45 AM
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The calorie burn seems to be pretty inaccurate anyway. I just put 9kg for my bike.
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Just put in 15 or 16 lbs and don't worry about it.
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The calories burned part of the garmin is useless anyways. It doesnt use the heartrate monitor, only your speed in order to calculate calories. So climbing a hill it shows low calories burned but flying down the other side it calculates high calories because your going so fast.....
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Originally Posted by Jarery
The calories burned part of the garmin is useless anyways. It doesnt use the heartrate monitor, only your speed in order to calculate calories. So climbing a hill it shows low calories burned but flying down the other side it calculates high calories because your going so fast.....
+1 and totally correct.

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I left the bike weights at the defaults. They are pretty close to the weight of both my bikes. other I would weight my bike, right before going out on a ride. With full water bottles, seat bag, and whatever else I would normally carry on a ride.
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I second the calories complaint! The calories calculation is way off. I use Sport Tracks to download my rides instead of the Garmin software and it allows you to recalculate the calories burned. It seems to be a lot closer to reality and usually shows around 2/3 of the calories that the Garmin shows. If I went by the Garmin, I'd be burning around 1000 calories an hour. That would be impressive...
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