Which GPS question?

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Which GPS question?

Postby #david2012 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 15:56 pm

Hi forgive me for what is probably an age old question been asked many times before.

Looking to treat myself to a GPS, now I don't think I need/ want the map on the screen (as I usually always know where I'm going) but like the look of all the data it captures, heart rate, cadence etc so with that in mind any recommendations from personal use? Budget is £300 (ish) :wink: happy to pay for the right device without any regrets.
The garmin 500 is on my short list or one of the Bryton ones...... I know they came out best on test in one of the magazines last month but in the real world how do they compare?

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby displacedaussie » Wed Dec 05, 2012 16:06 pm

Just get the Garmin Edge 500. I spent ages thinking about it before I finally got mine. After using it for a year, if it ever broke, I know I'd go out and buy a new one the same day.

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby prawny » Wed Dec 05, 2012 16:25 pm

I love my Garmin Edge 800. The navigation is handy to have when needed, which although isn't often I think it was worth paying the extra for.

I briefly had a Bryton Rider 35 and although it was a little rough around the edges it was perfectly acceptable and I'd probably go for one of the new ones over the cheaper garmins. I'd probably fork out extra for the garmin HR strap though, they're much nicer.
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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby Rolf F » Wed Dec 05, 2012 16:41 pm

You're probably best off getting a Bryton 20 and a 50. Use the bulkier 50 when you need mapping and the 20 for the remaining 95% of the time. Or get a 40 instead of the 20 to add breadcrumb navigation and full screen flexibility if you must. The only real benefit of the Garmin I can see is probably a more sophisticated web-page or if you are using the navigation a lot.

That way you have a backup device which is handy and you're never carrying a bigger device than you need.

@Prawny - what's the difference on the straps? I thought the Bryton ones were similar to the delux Garmin ones but might be wrong. Certainly much nicer than the ones I had on my conventional computer.
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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby TheFD » Wed Dec 05, 2012 18:13 pm

Get the 500 (I have and it is awesome) and if you have a smart phone with mapping then it can be used if needed! Like you - I felt I didn't need the mapping so got the 500. It is small and neat and battery life is really good. Plus you can upload to Garmin connect which is useful, and you can also upload directly to Strava. For me there is no choice!!
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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby Gizmodo » Wed Dec 05, 2012 18:15 pm

If you want a bike computer that will record all your ride data to upload to Strava then the Garmin Edge 500 was best on test in last month's Cycling+ magazine. Best value was the Bryton Rider 40T.

For full navigation as well, although the 800 is highly praised, they point out how expensive it is and the Bryton Rider 50T won their best on test.

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby Simon Masterson » Wed Dec 05, 2012 18:34 pm

If you want cadence, HR and the rest of it, you don't need a GPS. Indeed a high end CatEye or Sigma (etc) will give you more measurements...

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby Mikey23 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 20:26 pm

Another vote for garmin edge 500. Does everything I could ever wish for and has become my bestest mate after my bike

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby RubbishCyclist » Wed Dec 05, 2012 20:46 pm

Another Garmin Edge 500 vote here.....does everything perfectly.

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby #david2012 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 21:24 pm

Thanks for your thoughts everyone! Halfords have got the 500 with the extra bits for £200 if you reserve it online and collect in store plus I have my British cycling voucher try and get another 10% off at the till, any where else I should try on price ?

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby Rolf F » Wed Dec 05, 2012 21:25 pm

Simon Masterson wrote:If you want cadence, HR and the rest of it, you don't need a GPS. Indeed a high end CatEye or Sigma (etc) will give you more measurements...


But they don't allow an upload of the data do they? And with a Bryton 20 at £80 for the unit I tend to think that conventional expensive computers are a false economy. And I'd be a bit surprised at the top end conventional unit that can do more than either the Garmin or Bryton units - they've already got dozens of parameters I don't really need!

#david2012 wrote:Thanks for your thoughts everyone! Halfords have got the 500 with the extra bits for £200 if you reserve it online and collect in store plus I have my British cycling voucher try and get another 10% off at the till, any where else I should try on price ?


Yowser! That sounds expensive!
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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby Herbsman » Wed Dec 05, 2012 21:47 pm

Best price I found is £187. £200 is the going rate.

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby #david2012 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 22:05 pm

thanks for all the advice again guys, I think I'm just going to go for it!

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby TheFD » Wed Dec 05, 2012 22:54 pm

#david2012 wrote:thanks for all the advice again guys, I think I'm just going to go for it!

I really don't think you will be disappointed. :D
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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby Simon Masterson » Thu Dec 06, 2012 00:24 am

Rolf F wrote:
Simon Masterson wrote:If you want cadence, HR and the rest of it, you don't need a GPS. Indeed a high end CatEye or Sigma (etc) will give you more measurements...


But they don't allow an upload of the data do they? And with a Bryton 20 at £80 for the unit I tend to think that conventional expensive computers are a false economy. And I'd be a bit surprised at the top end conventional unit that can do more than either the Garmin or Bryton units - they've already got dozens of parameters I don't really need!


They don't, you are quite right. I have to agree that the Bryton 20 does represent excellent value; I just couldn't help but notice that the OP isn't all that particular about functions that are particular to a GPS computer...

But for me, the perfect cycling computer has speed, trip distance and time, heart rate, cadence, max speed just for fun, and an odometer; again just for fun. I don't oppose GPS in principle, but I'm not too bothered about temperature, altitude and so on for cycling in Herts and Beds!

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby g00se » Thu Dec 06, 2012 00:34 am

Sportspursuit have the Bryton Rider 35 with HRM and cadence/speed sensor for £117 delivered. It's quite a discount.

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby prawny » Thu Dec 06, 2012 09:10 am

Rolf F wrote:@Prawny - what's the difference on the straps? I thought the Bryton ones were similar to the delux Garmin ones but might be wrong. Certainly much nicer than the ones I had on my conventional computer.


I had a quick google last night and it looks like they've improved the bryton one since I had mine, mine was quite a fat strap with a large transmitter, you could see it through my jersey. The garmin one is really slim, I hardly notice it when it's on.

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby Guanajuato » Thu Dec 06, 2012 14:34 pm

You could also try a non-cycling specific GPS. The Etrex 30 will work with cadence, heart rate and power monitors, plus you can get full mapping, either paid for or free openstreetmap. Under £200 for the GPS, add another £20 for a bike mount and then add heart rate & cadence when you can afford more. The Dakota 20 is very similar to the Etrex 30 but with a touch screen, and a few quid cheaper. More flexible than a cycling-only GPS.

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby pauldavid » Thu Dec 06, 2012 19:54 pm

I've got the bryton rider 50 and am very happy with it, a friend who has the garmin 800 is a little disappointed he paid the extra money for his as it doesn't really do anything any different/better to my bryton.

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Re: Which GPS question?

Postby cougie » Fri Dec 07, 2012 00:58 am

If you have a smart phone - use that and save yourself £300 ?

Strava will give you heart rate - don't think it gives cadence but do you really need it ? What are you using it for ?


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