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    Garmin GPS cycling computers on a trainer

    Hey guys

    I got my wife a road bike and I will be handing her down my cateye cycling computer

    so now I am considering Garmin Edge 305. but the biggest question is..

    I do a lot of riding on a trainer during the week. and Does Garmin GPS systems show riding speed and distance when you are reving along on a trainer? (with the speed and cadence sensor that is)

    I hope it does because this is pretty important for me to have.

    Thanks

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    As long as you have the cadence/speed sensor installed, it will show distance and speed.

    -however-

    that information might not make it into whatever program you use to log your workouts. I use sporttracks and it doesn't show up. I cannot speak to either MotionBased or Garmin Training Center. When I'm on the trainer I'm more concerned about time/HR/Cadence anyway, so it's a minor bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khaizlip
    As long as you have the cadence/speed sensor installed, it will show distance and speed.
    and the appropriate magnets.

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    Thanks guys, then does it log to the odometer?

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    lol... speed and distance on a trainer = 0
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    Fat tire Fred....you are the bike god of the universe and unless someone agrees with your reasoning they are just plain stupid

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    Mine always worked great and downloaded all the data without issue to training center and TrainingPeaks.

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    Fat tire fred, I appriciate your sarcasm but

    with my kurt fluid trainer, I can caluculate Watt from the speed, thanks very much.

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    YIKES: I'm GOING OFF-TOPIC :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by chocy
    with my kurt fluid trainer, I can caluculate Watt from the speed, thanks very much.
    My wife just got me a Road Machine, by Kurt.

    I had to get them to ship me a new L-bolt (mis-bent original), so I haven't been able to try it out yet.

    You like yours??

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    Quote Originally Posted by chocy
    Hey guys

    I got my wife a road bike and I will be handing her down my cateye cycling computer

    so now I am considering Garmin Edge 305. but the biggest question is..

    I do a lot of riding on a trainer during the week. and Does Garmin GPS systems show riding speed and distance when you are reving along on a trainer? (with the speed and cadence sensor that is)

    I hope it does because this is pretty important for me to have.

    Thanks
    It works fine but turn off the auto wheelsensor that calculates wheel diameter based on speed and distance. If you get any signal at all it may recalculate to a 16" wheel. I used it periodically to work on cadence. Now I have an old frame built up for the computrainer and it stays clamped in year-round.
    Retired sailor

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    It'll work fine, but you'll get better results if you set the computer to operate without GPS when you start. At that point, it will only look to the cadence/wheel speed sensor for ride information. You should also set the wheel diameter manually, if you haven't already done that.

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    Thanks everyone for awsome answers, that clarifies a lot.
    I guess I will got Garmin 305 eventually

    Neil

    Kurt Road Machine is fantastic. It is quiet and consistent and reliable, I have been using it for about 6 months now with about 4-5 hours a week on it.

    Now my wife will be using it too. We love it. I am sure you will too.

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    TYVM.

    The replacement part arrived today.

    Luckily, though, so did the nice weather

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    And what about this SportyPal application for mobile phones, a friend told me about it yesterday, i just check it out, it works perfectly. Just need to have a GPS on the phone and it's for free. Very easy to use and it's mapping the riding speed, the distance, the height everything...

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    I tested the sportypal yesterday, it gives correct information plus it's very accurate.
    Last edited by lebronx; 08-11-2009 at 04:46 AM.

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