So I have never been one to track “fitness” stuff. While I try to ride a bike 15-20 hours/week, I really don’t care about how fast, far, wattage, calories, or pretty much any other metric. Someone gave me a cheap bike computer years ago, but after the batteries died, I didn’t replace them.
Prior to the covid thing, I had increased my traveling greatly. And in order to keep up cycling, I am now riding roads I don’t know. There are plenty of route makers out there, I have been using ridewithgps.com for quite some time. You can use ridewithgps to make a paper cue sheet, when and which way to turn, or for a monthly fee, you can use your phone for that turn-by-turn navigation.
First, I’m pretty cheap. Monthly subscriptions bug me, I still use Adobe 6.0 on my personal computer. Also, I hate a ginormous phone attached to my bike. It is aesthetically unpleasing. Paper cue sheets are a pita to use. And quite frankly, paper, really?
My spouse/kids knows of this and just recently surprised me with a Garmin 530 for father’s day, see pic below. “Small” turn-by-turn navigation I can use with any bike anywhere in the world. Syncs with ridewithgps, and it provides speed, distance, tracks to the cloud, and other stuff too.
Outside dims are 85mm x 50mm. A little smaller would be ideal for me, but much smaller than my phone. My problem? It is 17mm thick. Like a freaking Palm Pilot from the mid-90s. wtf? The buttons are these harsh snap domes, again from the mid-90s. Micro USB? I mean, this is the latest and greatest second-tier (their 830 is the top) bike computer on the market and the tech is just plain old. Anyone know why?