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    Anyone use 2 cycle computers at the same time?

    I currently use Bontrager Node 2 cycle computer, which uses ANT+. I'm looking to buy a Garmin Edge 800. I would like to use the Node 2 to keep an eye on my speed/cadence, while having the Edge to record speed/cadence, as well as additional data so I can upload it to Garmin & Strava. This way, I can reduce the battery consumption on the Garmin 800.

    So I was wondering if anyone successfully used 2 ANT+ wireless cycle computers at the same time?
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    For the longest time I would use my Polar HR and a wireless speedometer. Can never have too much data...

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    Not on the road rig, but I occasionally put my Garmin 500 on the MTB, which already has a wired CatEye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecub View Post
    I currently use Bontrager Node 2 cycle computer, which uses ANT+. I'm looking to buy a Garmin Edge 800. I would like to use the Node 2 to keep an eye on my speed/cadence, while having the Edge to record speed/cadence, as well as additional data so I can upload it to Garmin & Strava. This way, I can reduce the battery consumption on the Garmin 800.

    So I was wondering if anyone successfully used 2 ANT+ wireless cycle computers at the same time?
    How is this reducing the battery consumption on the garmin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by danl1 View Post
    How is this reducing the battery consumption on the garmin?
    I understand that the Garmin is backlit, so in order to view the screen, you have to keep it on. I figure that I will only want to view the screen at the start and end of the ride.
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    I'm pretty sure you can see it without it being lit up during the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rundfahrt View Post
    I'm pretty sure you can see it without it being lit up during the day.
    Yep youw can. Your garmin records everything there is a sensor for wheather you chose to display it or not.

    Running two devices at the same this is just well, dosent make any sense.

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    If you turn off cadence or the hrm in the settings it doesn't use power recording those things, however the power savings is negligible.
    I use a Garmin and sometimes my Motoactv, but only the Motoactv when I use the built-in mp3 player.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecub View Post
    I understand that the Garmin is backlit, so in order to view the screen, you have to keep it on. I figure that I will only want to view the screen at the start and end of the ride.
    wrong...you can see the info on the screen anytime the garmin is on. backlit is, as you would think (or maybe not) for night use.
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    I use cyclemeter on my iphone which is mounted to my stem...and was thinking about getting another computer for cadence.

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    I use my Sigma Rox 9.0 as my main computer but often I have Strava on the iphone for comparison. Problem is iphone tends to die after two hours so its not so good on good rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaker View Post
    I use cyclemeter on my iphone which is mounted to my stem...and was thinking about getting another computer for cadence.
    You don't need another computer. Cyclemeter will use ANT+ cadence sensors if you plug in an ANT+ key to the dock. Wahoo Fitness has a kit, and I think other companies do as well. Cyclemeter Blog has more info here.
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    Got the answer on another forum (MTBR)...
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    Yup, it works fine. I've had as many as four, for giggles and to compare the computer's recordings: Garmin FR60 on wrist, GlobalSat and Bryton on the bars, Sony Android with ANT+ receiver in back pocket.

    ANT+ sensors (for speed/cadence, HR etc) are simply transmitting data and any number of computers can receive their coded signal. The 'pairing' process only occurs at the computer. The sensors are ignorant of which computer(s) have paired with them.
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    My old computer was a Campy Ergobrain 10, which didn't have HR, so I'd often strap on a Polar watch. Now that I'm using a Garmin 500, I get everything I need on one screen.

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    With two you never know which to believe. Run three and keep the data from the two that agree.
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    I use an app on my iPhone and a Suunto Quest. The iPhone app is endomondo like the mapping ability.
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    How long are you planning on riding between charges? Garmin says the typical life is 15 hours, and I would believe it. I charge mine maybe once a week.

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    the garmin goes up to 14 hours of usage between charges...unless you're riding pattern is different than 99% of us, my opinion is two computers = overkill in today's day and age

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