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  1. So I followed a few others in moving away from Garmin as my primary head unit on my bike. I had previously only used wrist-based devices, aka Forerunners (205, 305, 310XT and a 735XT). The 310XT was converted to mount on the stem, and I’ve never owned a dedicated bike-only GPS head unit, until now. I was initially looking at a Garmin 130+ bundle, as I could get 39% discount from the HealthyGear card at Sportsman Warehouse. The cost of the unit ($199) converted to R3,500.00 (give or take the fluctuation in forex rates). During my online research, I found that the Lezyne Mega C/XL units were also selling at $199 (unit only). DCRainmaker has reviewed it, so I’m not going to duplicate his awesome work, but rather add my own experiences.
  2. Hi all! I recently bought a new bike and thus have no money left for anything else! However, I am in need of a new cycling computer and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for me. I am a Mountain biker who would like to be able to share rides on Strava and have a budget of R1000 if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks so much.
  3. Anyone else using an Android phone to record Strava tracks? I'm all out of ideas trying to get this working properly. My old Sony used to work perfectly for this years ago, it gradually started having a tough time recording tracks and I needed a new phone anyway so I specifically went for a Ulefone Armor 8 with Android 10 for cycling/paddling etc since it's pretty much bulletproof and has a nice big battery. The GPS connects instantly and the tracks seem to be quite accurate but almost every ride it disconnects/loses signal and I'm left with long straight lines in my tracks and many lost km's. It's not only Strava that does this, OSM Tracker and a few other apps I've tried all record the same messed up tracks so it has to be a phone/GPS issue. I've read some troubleshooting guides and I can't think of anything I haven't tried... Location is enabled. Strava/OSM Tracker have permission to use location. Battery saver is off. Battery Manager is off. Strava/OSM Tracker are not optimised in Settings>Apps>Special App Access>Battery Optimisation. Is there anything I'm missing? Edit: Also tried GPS Locker and Wakelock apps
  4. Hi Guys, I need your help. I have bought a Giant Neos GPS and and Giant Heartrate monitor (chest strap). I downloaded the Neostrack App. The computer works wonderfully, the app is fairly easy to use and works. However I cant seem to get the app to talk to my Strava account. How do you get them to sync and has anyone else had a problem?
  5. Hi Hubbers - Not sure if there is a thread like this so sorry if there is already one. I'm in the market for a decent cycling / gps computer.......navigation is not necessary but will be a added bonus. Main features to track your ride; display HR / Cadence / Power ect. I would really like to have a device where I can import a previous race and then compete against that time.....I assume this will be like virtual pacer? So if my previous CTCT time was 4hrs, I want to know how far I'm off in reaching the goal. Any advice or device you can recommend? Garmin / Wahoo / Bryton ......... ?????
  6. Morning Guys I am new to the sport of MTB. I am currently using Strava to log my rides...My question is how accurate is Strava and do I need to invest in a dedicated GPS. I do not intend to ride competitively but it is always nice to see your stats after the ride. Which GPS devices are the best value for money, I really don't want to know what my cadence is ect...or is it important information? Looking forward to your advice
  7. Which would you pick between the two? Any pros/cons.
  8. Garmin have quietly introduced the successors to the Edge 520 and 820 GPS units, with the new devices boasting Garmin's new ClimbPro feature in smaller and lighter packages... https://road.cc/content/tech-news/259675-garmin-launch-edge-530-and-830-gps-units?fbclid=IwAR3gary3LcSok7pt-yxtC-r9GjRavJWj-LVAVoo4BSPGBjPzK9gkDLACWb4
  9. This looks like a very interesting concept. A cycling computer based on Android, the usual lot of functions, proper navigation, etc. Maybe a good candidate to rattle the cage a little bit I am not going to repeat all the details here. Below is the link to the website and a Preview by DC Rainmaker. What are your thoughts? https://www.hammerhead.io/pages/karoo
  10. The Year 10 Lezyne GPS computers are packed with new features and exciting innovations. Each computer has been re-designed with not only advanced programming, but enhanced aesthetics. Along with computers, the addition of GPS watches highlights our expanded range. Click here to view the article
  11. Has anyone ever seen / heard / used or have an Xiaomi AMAZFIT Smart Watch Any opinions would be appreciated. I would love to buy a Garmin Fenix 3 or 5 - But they are just something I cannot afford. That's why I am look at alternative watches https://goo.gl/T8pJ36 -- here is a link to the details of the watch. TIA
  12. Hello Hubbers. I searched the forums and read every title and some posts under "triathlon", "watch" and "gps" and while some discuss triathlon training watches etc, they were very specific and beyond my understanding or scope. The goal is get more active in offroad duo/triathlons and perhaps later if logistics allows, road triathlons and eventually 70.3. Currently, my cycling training happens with my phone in a saddle bag and recording it on strava, so route, gradients, speeds and elevation are the information points available, with the Sigma bike computer giving cadence while cycling. I usually go running without it so have no frame of reference besides guestimates of distance on google and own timing. Swimming has been on hold until I can find affordable & safe pool access. TL:DRI'm in the market for a watch that can be used primarily for distance (if possible), active time, running pace (if possible) HR and GPS tracking while running, cycling and swimming. A watch with good constant gps battery life (if there is such a watch, maybe gps sleep mode while sleeping?) and android/samsung syncing capabilities will get massive preference, but anything else like vitality link up, step counters, VO2 max, watts, north point etc or message/call/appointment alers are considered non-Vital bonusses. The budget, while preferred as low as possible (R2000 and under, new or used), is largely dependant on the value that lies in the watches and avoid unecessary expenditure later with upgrading or replacement. I've looked at several products like the Garmin Vivosport, Vivosmart (gps version) and 735XT, Fitbit Charge 2, Polar M430, TomTom Spark 3, Huawei Band 2 Pro, Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro (terrible battery apparently).
  13. Hi all. Will be doing a ride this Saturday 9 June 2018 from the Dros in Krugersdorp (opposite Key West Shopping Center) to the Spar in Magaliesburg. Problem is i know of a route to Magaliesburg (approx 45km's thanks to the Dros Flyers) but not sure how to get back to Krugersdorp without backtracking or going through private land / property. I've attached the GPX file that gets me from Krugersdorp to Magaliesburg, can anyone recommend a route back? Approx 45km's if possible (so total for the day 90km's). Thanks Duane route3509130-Krugersdorp_-_Magaliesburg.gpx
  14. I would like to commend the EasyGis team, and Specifically Matthew Walsh in the manner in which they handle a purchase. I ordered a Garmin HRM3 Soft Strap ANT+ heart rate monitor. The product arrived a few days later by Courier. I tested extensively, and found the device to be faulty. I emailed the support team and received a mail back from Matthew. It was a few days later, but he apologized because they were doing the timing for Berg and Bush that weekend. He dispatched a replacement unit immediately. If it was not for the below par service from Aramex, I would have been sorted in 2 days. Eventually, a week later (due to Aramex failings, and not EasyGis) I received my HRM3. Tested and it works fine. Thanks to the team and Matthew at EasyGis. I can recommend them for all your GPS needs.
  15. So I have let on snippets about this and I have edited a few bits out but guys here are a few considerations on geospatial information in the form of my ineloquent ramblings on things I have noticed. I am happy to be corrected and for stuff to be added as well... Social media has engulfed the world and although there are many trying to avoid it as much as possible, our digital profiles are still present and more and more they are becoming linked, creating and combining data about us, some of that data is spatial. It is up to us to become aware about this data in order to protect ourselves because even though there are privacy policies implemented there is still data out there that can be helpful but can also be harmful. As a Geospatial Analyst my career specializes in asking the question: Where? GIS software and data is used to map and model space, identify locations, routes, terrain and analyze anything with a location. We can target markets spatially and identify potential shop, service and infrastructure locations. From this outlook and skillset we see spatial information very differently to most and with this there are key positive and negative safety points identified. The Google maps app has recently added a function where you can share your mobile device’s location with others for a set amount of time. This is an incredibly useful function and already many use it to monitor their children’s locations or as an ICE (In Case of Emergency) function when travelling or exercising alone. The android interconnectivity also means that one can track an android device linked to the google account via the online Google account management page. This is similar to the find my IPhone app which has seen success retrieving stolen goods locally on a number of occasions. The Google maps and Waze traffic function is a triumph in sharing of spatial information. Locations and current speed of mobile phones moving on public roads is used to give live traffic updates. Allowing Google to access this information is key to having good quality live traffic data. Waze is also at the cutting edge of location based advertising which targets people with adverts only when they are passing by close to the location of a service, this is a streamline method of advertising which accurately targets the clientele. Some of the sport GPS watches and devices such as the Garmin Cycling devices can be paired with a mobile device and this allows them to share a location during exercise for safety however now with the location sharing within Google maps this safety feature is redundant as you would have to run a mobile device anyway. Knowing the location of your mobile device can also come with a whole host of risks. ‘checking in’ at places regularly can build routines which can be a foot in the door for crime knowing someone is always at gym or having coffee at a certain time allows for others to know you are not home or that you are going to be travelling a certain route whilst being tired from a gym session etc. The risk there is not just for crime but this spatial information is a treasure trove for stalkers following their victims. If you are being stalked the likelihood of you clamping down on publically shared information is already high, but remember to focus on the spatial aspect of this information, your home and current location may be easier to trace than you would like to believe. Notable spatial information that you can think is harmless is that supplied from Tinder, the online dating app, where a distance another app user is from you is provided. This may be harmless seeing as it could be in any direction, but much like the triangulation of a GPS position it would take just three readings to narrow down your location. The map below explains this using dummy data. By restarting the app in 3 different locations, 3 recordings for the distance to another app user were recorded. From this a circle is drawn from each point, with the recorded distance to the app user as the radius for the circle. Where the three circles intersect is the location of the other app user. This is a risk as someone can pinpoint your location to a small area again putting you at potential risk. The Facebook app for mobile use has a ‘friends near by’ function which alerts you when you have facebook friends within a certain radius, and while this is convenient for impromptu catch up sessions there is a lot to consider in terms of who knows exactly where you are. Other apps such as Strava, Garmin Connect and Suunto’s Movescount have built in safety features to allow you to hide your sport activities. Strava also has a privacy zone where any activity within a certain radius of your house or office is hidden from others so that people cannot identify the location of your home. This is important seeing as many cycle from home and there is a large increase in bicycle theft. Strava’s Segments or online races over short sections of track or road can easily be used to identify people who may have multiple high end bikes like strong or professional athletes. Some also list the equipment they used so you can approximate the value of the bicycle in question. Using the link to their account you could then use other activities on their training log to pinpoint their home location for a break in. With the value of certain high end bicycles setting a privacy zone is definitely worth doing. The Strava segments are also an admission of guilt for many law breaking athletes, there are segments which people are regularly racing on stretches of road where cycling and running is illegal and GPS data indicating people breaking the speed limits in areas. One segment alone has over 766 people having recorded times cycling in an illegal place in South Africa. Strava segments are also on public roads and putting others and yourself in danger running stop streets in order to claim a KOM is also risky, the use of GPS data for real time racing is also flawed in that the GPS data is stored in plain text and can be altered. So your KOM could have claimed the time and have never even run or cycled the segment. So while segments are great motivation for training it is wise to take into other considerations when charging for that KOM. Suunto, who make high end sport devices have an online portal which records their training data, and the default setting is public, so your training an movements are by default fully visible to anyone with internet activity. Other portals are set to hidden as default but it is worth checking no matter where you store or log your training. Twitter and Instagram are also valuable sources of spatial information and filtering these streams of data allow us GIS professionals to identify where people are posting about certain things, this is useful in market identification and monitoring trends. As with most social media it is important to control the public access to personal information and spatial information is no different so take a moment and review what spatial information you are sharing. Sharing within limit is perfectly safe and there is no reason to hide your training from close friends and family or trainers the same way your input into traffic will only make your estimated times more accurate or the way your tweet locations could possibly help someone provide you a service better one day. But be aware who has access to this data and what their end goal is with the data, a bit of common sense can go a long way.
  16. Hi all Looking at this particular watch as it has exactly what I'm looking for in a sports watch. Would appreciate your comments on this device especially from those who currently own the same/similar model. I wish to use it mostly for cycling. I know Garmin makes better products but they seem to be double or more in price. All positive input will be highly appreciated. Thx
  17. Hi Hubbers! I have been using my Edge 520 device since Nov/Dec 2015 and I have had very little complaints. I attempted to use the Courses function this past weekend .Very simple (in theory), you plot the route on GC and download to the device. Then you 'start' the course and ride towards the start, it picks up that you're on the course and it takes you from there. Could someone who has used the Courses function often please help me: When your Map is displaying (when the line is purple), it only gives me 2 options to display along with the route, speed, elevation or whatever. But under the Courses function you can choose stuff like Heading, Speed, HR, Time/Dist to Next. What is next? Is that the next turn? Also, is there a way so that ONLY the map shows? Do you have to turn all your other screens off under the Activity Profile? I think the Courses function is very cool, but on the Edge 500 (which I had before) it was very crass, and on the 520 it's not user friendly. I suspect units like the 1000 and 820 Explore have a much better Courses function/interface. Thanks for reading and commenting!
  18. So i am doing the Sani this year, but i just read that i need a GPS, which I don't have. Are any other peeps out there riding without a GPS?
  19. A friend got a corporate invite to ride Dusi2c, and asked me to help kit him out with everything he needs to get riding, get fit and get ready for the event. I could guide him on most bits, but when it comes to GPS units, I'm as in the dark as he is (I use Strava on my phone, turn it on, forget about it until I finish my ride, and upload my ride). There is an oldish thread here on le Hub, but it's not very definitive. I'm partial to the Garmin Fenix 3 HR, the downside being that it's on your wrist, and not on the bars in front of you, not great if having to follow a route, but how much route following is really done in these races, unless you're riding the Munga? Garmin, Polar, Bryton, Wahoo Help a guy out, what would you buy, and why? Help a guy out, what would you buy, and why?
  20. while killing time at the orifice today I wandered across this inidegogo campaign. Its aimed at kids and pets but I thought it would be great to use with the things we love the most. Tracking down our bikes. It reads to be a pretty badass GPS tracker that you could hide somewhere on your bike and then if stolen locate your bike on the app. The cell subscription seems pretty reasonable $89 (+ $10 for international coverage) - and if one bulk buys 10 then this comes down to $78. This include a year of data coverage subs - then i think its $46 a year every year after that... Oh battery like is 3 months. What do you guys think? https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ping-the-world-s-smallest-global-gps-locator-bluetooth#/ I see it has an accelerometer built in so it could be updated to have crash detection built in..
  21. I always had to wait to get to a PC to upload my ride, obviously useless on a stage race or in the bush but I found and loaded Edgescope. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.fulvio.edgescope The blurb: Edgescope is an Android application to view activity data from any Garmin Edge GPS through the USB cable, simply get a micro OTG cable and upload and share your ride. It can load activity .fit files directly from your Edge device or from the file system. It shows main activity information, as well as the graphs and the map. You can also upload your activity on Garmin Connect and Strava sites from Edgescope. My experience: This free app has been a revelation, after my workout/ride I simply connect my Garmin to my phone via a OTG mico USB cable and select the workout from the Garmin. I can then view my ride through a simple summary screen: It is then possible to upload to Strava and Garmin connect by simply touching the screen. Additional screens show your route on a map (similar to a Strava map): or you can review the graphs of your speed, altitude or heart rate. It takes about 30 seconds to upload after a ride, so it's possible to do while waiting for the post ride coffee to arrive. But to do this you will need to carry the OTG cable on your ride. 10g extra weight. Once you upload to Strava, all the additional Strava functionality becomes available, as if you have used your smartphone. With one huge exception. ALL your data is loaded, accurately, not like the phone app where you are given extra metres climbing. I've used Edgescope since February, I can really recommend it if you have an Android phone and a Garmin Edge GPS.
  22. Will be using as an multi sport watch. Please share your thoughts.....
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  24. Started doing some research into the watches that have calling capability. Some of the watches are limited to only calling a dedicated "sos" number that has been programmed in it, and that can send a gps location to the person, where others have additional calling facilities. Has anyone tried any of these and are there any that is worthwhile to take along instead of a phone when hitting the trails.
  25. I am in need of a new heart rate monitor for cycling and running and am contemplating the Garmin Fenix 3. There are however many unhappy complaints about the unit freezing, losing Ant+ / Bluetooth accessory connections and inaccurate GPS measured distances to just name a few. I understand the firmware updates will address some problems, but how much has the problems been eliminated thus far? The last thing I want is a unit that irritates me because I spent a fortune, but the experience is not so smooth. And if features doesn't work or gives trouble mid ride/run - NOT EVEN AN OPTION. Then I spend less on a unit that only do basics - well. I would appreciate if those of you that have spend some time with the Fenix 3 could shed some light on their experiences and how firmware versions has helped or not helped.
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