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gpscity via eBay has Garmin Edge 530 Performance Bike Computer w/ GPS (Refurbished) for $149.99. Shipping is free.

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  • Manufacturer refurbished, inventory is direct from Garmin. Garmin replaces all accessories with new accessories and ensures the item is functional. The item should appear as "like-new" condition.
Features:
  • Dynamic performance monitoring provides insights on your VO2 max, recovery, training load focus, heat and altitude acclimation, nutrition, hydration and more¹
  • Cycling safety features² include new bike alarm, group messaging and tracking, incident detection and compatibility with Varia™ rearview radar and lights so you can see and be seen
  • Includes routable Garmin Cycle Map with popularity routing — which helps you ride like a local — plus off-course recalculation and back to start; mountain biking model has integrated Trailforks data, including trail difficulty ratings
  • Customize with free apps, widgets and data fields from the Connect IQ™ Store
  • MTB dynamics track jump count, jump distance and hang time as well as Grit, a measure of the ride's difficulty, and Flow, which tracks the smoothness of your descent so you have a score to beat next time
  • Battery life: up to 20 hours with GPS; extendable up to 40 hours with the optional Garmin Charge power pack or in battery save mode

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Battery and heat issues make these much better than a phone. I live in Texas and my phone would overheat very quickly in the sun mounted to my handlebars.
I'm just trying to imagine someone showing up for a crit with a giant phone attached to their bars.

Cycling is like any hobby where there are greenway riders who might be fine with a phone stuck on their bars with their hybrid bike. Power meters from stages are $350 and that's pretty cheap compared to other costs, but if you aren't actively training, power means nothing to you.

For folks who are actively into cycling, we need a waterproof device that's lightweight/small, has long lasting batteries, connects to ant+ which iPhones don't do, and can provide all data points on a single screen clearly. $150 for this is cheap.
An Apple Watch isn't syncing to a radar or power meter. There's a lot more to these for serious cyclists than can be provided by the watch and it's comical to think about slapping a giant phone on a road bike.

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Battery and heat issues make these much better than a phone. I live in Texas and my phone would overheat very quickly in the sun mounted to my handlebars.
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Recently started getting into cycling and this was one of the most recommended accessories but I must agree. An Apple Watch tracks as much data as this device and various other sensors you would need to buy separately.

It is nice to not have to have your phone mounted for navigation or varia but these plus sensors are expensive and all maintained separately. Doesn't seem worth the hassle for navigation specifically when google maps meets my needs fine.
An Apple Watch isn't syncing to a radar or power meter. There's a lot more to these for serious cyclists than can be provided by the watch and it's comical to think about slapping a giant phone on a road bike.
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You can't compare these to a phone. Heat, battery life, durability, size, ANT+, customizable displays. Phones have much better navigation options and they make better interfaces to work with an inReach Mini, but that's about it when it comes to overlapping features.
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Power meters are really expensive and not something I'm concerned about personally. I'd love cadence metrics which my watch doesn't provide but that's a minor inconvenience. Also is mounting a phone compared to a bike computer really that big of a difference? Maybe to very serious riders but I consider it comical to worry about that if you're not.

Also my phone works fine for radar integrations for my varia.
I'm just trying to imagine someone showing up for a crit with a giant phone attached to their bars.

Cycling is like any hobby where there are greenway riders who might be fine with a phone stuck on their bars with their hybrid bike. Power meters from stages are $350 and that's pretty cheap compared to other costs, but if you aren't actively training, power means nothing to you.

For folks who are actively into cycling, we need a waterproof device that's lightweight/small, has long lasting batteries, connects to ant+ which iPhones don't do, and can provide all data points on a single screen clearly. $150 for this is cheap.
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The only reason to get these devices is for century rides, when the phone battery dies, or for weight weenies
I disagree (and I do factor in my confirmation bias).

This is not for turn-by-turn navigation per se, although ofc it can do it. It is a training tool, and part of an ecosystem of device (yeah, more $)

Yes, these are not for everyone and a phone does work "OK", and it does communicate with a multiplicity of accessories that are very helpful for a structured training plan, mainly Power and HR sensors. And if you are riding on road/commute etc, the Varia radar devices are REALLY recommended on my book.

Can much of the above work with a Phone? Yes.

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  • Weight weenie wise, you are wrong, because I doubt someone would leave their phone behind while venturing solo "to save weight"...so having a bike computer (and their mounts etc) is an additional weight, however small.
  • Bike computers have screens that are designed to be readable under direct daylight with nominal power consumption. Phones are not. To be readable, phones need to compensate by maxing out their backlighting which SERIOUSLY lowers battery life. Phones simply won't cut it, not if you plan on leaving the phone on the bars and reading data, and it won't take a century ride.
  • GPS signal is much better. I have compared the resolution I get on a tracked ride between - say - a high end Galaxy or iPhone or even iWatch, and that of a $100 Garmin Forerunner or a Edge 130/530/830 etc. Unassisted by celular data towers, the phones are meh. Perhaps pointless info if you are riding in Metro areas, notable if you are venturing into more rural MTB/Gravel/whateverbike rides.
  • Much smaller and more resilient than a phone
  • More aero than any phone + phone mounting system

I think the 530 is good at this price. I have the 830 and I am satisfied, but I don't think I would miss much if I didn't have the touch screen, as I rarely use it after the initial setup.
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I disagree (and I do factor in my confirmation bias).

This is not for turn-by-turn navigation per se, although ofc it can do it. It is a training tool, and part of an ecosystem of device (yeah, more $)

Yes, these are not for everyone and a phone does work "OK", and it does communicate with a multiplicity of accessories that are very helpful for a structured training plan, mainly Power and HR sensors. And if you are riding on road/commute etc, the Varia radar devices are REALLY recommended on my book.

Can much of the above work with a Phone? Yes.

"BUT"
  • Weight weenie wise, you are wrong, because I doubt someone would live their phone behind while venturing solo "to save weight"...so having a bike computer (and their mounts etc) is an additional weight, however small.
  • Bike computers have screens that are designed to be readable under direct daylight with nominal power consumption. Phones are not. To be readable, phones need to compensate by maxing out their backlighting which SERIOUSLY lowers battery life. Phones simply won't cut it, not if you plan on leaving the phone on the bars and reading data, and it won't take a century ride.
  • GPS signal is much better. I have compared the resolution I get on a tracked ride between - say - a high end Galaxy or iPhone or even iWatch, and that of a $100 Garmin Forerunner or a Edge 130/530/830 etc. Unassisted by celular data towers, the phones are meh. Perhaps pointless info if you are riding in Metro areas, notable if you are venturing into more rural MTB/Gravel/whateverbike rides.
  • Much smaller and more resilient than a phone
  • More aero than any phone + phone mounting system

I think the 530 is good at this price. I have the 830 and I am satisfied, but I don't think I would miss much if I didn't have the touch screen, as I rarely use it after the initial setup.
Thanks for the points, I think I'm convinced to buy one especially for the screen visibility and battery life
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Contrary to what others are saying, I think this is a really good value compared to using more basic products or a phone. This often is never for sale for under $250 new. I upgraded from the Edge 130 and like it much better.
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