So my trusty Polar 610i has been diagnosed with a cracked case, probably as a result of having to calibrate and condense all those massive heartbeats I've been sending its way for the past six years or so. (As was established in a blog post below, NeilA's Polar is older, but then so's his heart.)

 

The equivalent latest model is the RS400 which goes for $250 or so. However, recent blog posts from the Fitz Epic showing all those lovely Garmin readings, wherein you can accurately measure just how big the hill was that nearly gave you a heart attack, got me thinking of a Christmas self-present. Think how much faster one will race home to download the data!

 

At the moment I've got an Echowell speed and cadence monitor vying for space with a light and the Polar monitor. A combined goo-gaw would free up valuable handlebar real estate. 

 

So I'm looking at the Garmin 500, a steal at $299 but then I note you've got to buy a speed/cadence sensor for about $69, and then there's mention of "combined with a heart rate monitor" so it would appear I'll be in the hole for another $69 for that. Real estate is getting more expensive..

 

Any advice, tech nerds out there? Are there any other players in the market? And if I do buy the Garmin, is that the make that gives annoying bleeps every time one stops or sets off, and if so can I get it to not do that cos it'll drive me bonkers ...

 

 

 

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So I'm looking at the Garmin 500, a steal at $299 ..........

(or the whole packagefor $311, less with the discount codes) 

Edit : ie just that item, you qualify for AUS30 which takes $30 off.... so.... $281 , steal away)

 

And if I do buy the Garmin, is that the make that gives annoying bleeps every time one stops or sets off, and if so can I get it to not do that cos it'll drive me bonkers

 

Solutions :

a/ Set the auto-stop feature off , so you track your ride door-to-door with no discounts at the lights and cars

b/ switch the volume down or off.

c/ Ride faster than the speed of sound

 

d/ Argue loudly with yourself to drown out the bleeping.

e/ Take Neil along ... 

 

Oooh! They sent me one of them there discount codes just the other day ....

 

Sold! (I think) ... 

 

PS Deffo (c). I want the discounts, cos call me crazy but I stop for lights. 

Maybe try here

http://www.outsideoutfitters.com/pm-15159-83-garmin-edge-500.aspx

249.99USD  plus 16 usd for USPS .

Why do people think that wiggle is cheap.

 

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If you are quick I maybe able to bundle in with a package I have on order with these guys...

Why do people think that wiggle is cheap.

At the risk of being obvious, the Wiggle / CRC  $311-326 includes HRM and Cadence and delivered whereas that bundle is US$369.99 at the US site before delivery.

Or metasearch engine : http://frugalrouleur.com/search/Garmin+500+bundle

Hey just saying that don’t get sucked into wiggle, I really know nothing about these garmen things and really only use a bike speedo to count down the distance to the next town with pineapple donuts.
Maybe it is the bike hardware brands that I buy, but I always find cheaper prices out of the US than wiggle.

Agreed, wiggle isn't the cheapest in everything but they generally have a pretty good reference price. Locally, Cyclingexpress, as you probably know, price matches them (and CRC) and that's on Aussie soil

 

Anyway, the more sites we know the larger the hunting ground, well at least for the sites that have provision to ship to AU.

Are there any other players in the market?

Yes, I would like to know too.

Last I checked,the only device that comes close to Garmin in terms of features is http://www.brytongps.com/bryton-rider-50-cycle-gps

 

I buy more stuff from German company Bike24 than Wiggle.  You have to pay for the freight, but after factoring that in you are usually better off.

Did you try http://www.velomap.org/ and/or  http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/?

 

I have the former on my (non-cycling eTrex vista hcx) gps now, but have yet to ride using it. I've had the latter on since I got the gps - you cannot calc a route via addresses, but I would not trust gps routing in Sydney anyway. Too many roads I would not want to ride on.

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