There are several factors for which I consider a bike computer:A dedicated computer is recommended, if only because, you don't want your phone in a vulnerable area in front of your bike in case of an emergency/crash and also battery life has been a problem.
Have you not seen or tried gloves that have the touch screen compatible pads on the finger tips? Let’s you use your phone and still keep warm. Worth a test. I have some by Columbia that work well for Michigan winters (general winter, not cycling). Mine aren’t waterproof, but I’m not using them to “play in the snow” but just every day use. They may make waterproof ones too.
I use the Wahoo Bolt which l understand is now discontinued since the Roam came out. Works well connecting to the bike. There were some quirky things happening, e.g. occasionally freezing up. Wahoo support told me they were working on it and indeed that was eventually fixed. Always a challenge keeping in sync with other people's software.
I glad to share my experience with Explore, however my use case for it is very limited - I use it ONLY for navigation. Which means I don't connect any sensors/devices to it or even sync my rides from it to the Garmin Connect (keeping them on device only). The only feature of Garmin Connect I am using it syncing planned routes from the Komoot and RideWithGPS to the device. And for this purpose Explore works very well - screen customizations are sufficient, touch screen navigation is way faster and logical than buttons on 520+ I tried before. So, for navigation only Explore looks like the best option Garmin has - cheapest and with bigger screen and nice touch interface.@ava1ar: I know you ride an e-bike of another brand but you have bought the Edge Explore. I'd be happy if you could report your experiences after several days of using the Explore here. Positive and negative experiences if possible. I'm not in hurry but the navigation capabilities of the Explore are of interest to me.
Stefan, I have a Roam and use it on my Creo and road bike. It uses three good sized buttons rather than touch screen. When on the Creo it shows and records all the e bike data such as battery, watts that am generating, which level the bike is on, in addition to the normal bike data. The screens are easily modified to show what you want. It connects with Strava, ride with GPS AND Kamoots. It does turn by turn navigation both on screen and to ear phones via cell phone if wanted. Setup is very easy and the connection is via WiFi. Look at the Wahoo site, it lists everything.
Ray, your information and a chat with my gravel-cycling buddy was what convinced me to order a Roam. Thank you!Stefan, I have a Roam and use it on my Creo and road bike. It uses three good sized buttons rather than touch screen. When on the Creo it shows and records all the e bike data such as battery, watts that am generating, which level the bike is on, in addition to the normal bike data. The screens are easily modified to show what you want. It connects with Strava, ride with GPS AND Kamoots. It does turn by turn navigation both on screen and to ear phones via cell phone if wanted. Setup is very easy and the connection is via WiFi. Look at the Wahoo site, it lists everything.
Also compatible with Garmin Varia Radar units !Compatibility
Wahoo confirms the Elemnt Roam is compatible with all Specialized Turbo e-bikes equipped with either the TCU controller or the TCD-w display; and with all ANT+ compatible Giant e-bikes (ones equipped with the RideControl One remote or newer ones). Multiple e-bikes can be served by the Elemnt Roam (one at a time).
I still use BLEvo, only the smartphone more typically resides in the back pocket of my cycling jersey than on the handlebars. I can copy the detailed ride information to Strava by hand only I have become too lazy to be doing that. I will copy that info for the "Bolimoza with Jacek" ride.Do you still save that information somewhere (% power from user etc.)?
Thanks for all the info, very interesting!@minigrrl:
The reasons I bought the Roam have been:
If I'm riding in the flatland, I only need two data screens (Workout Data and Map) that can be flipped with a large button. (If I rode in the mountains, I would activate the Climbing screen in addition).
- A small, compact and strong command centre for my rides, including GPS bike navigation, live ride/rider/e-bike/weather/etc. data (including live tracking of the e-bike position)
- Ability to use it in gloves and during rainfall
- Great battery life (advertised 17 h seems to be accurate).
Of course, Roam is not Specialized e-bike specific, therefore it cannot extract and analyse as much of e-bike data as BLEvo can. I actually need to be running BLEvo solely for very accurate Range estimation; and for the on-the-fly assistance level adjustments.
It is necessary to calibrate the wheel circumference in Roam for this reason:
The only distance information Roam actually gets from an e-bike is the RPM of the rear wheel. That rotational speed needs to be multiplied by exact wheel circumference to give accurate distance ridden; and such calibration is the best done by comparing the measured the figure of GPS distance ridden to one calculated by the Roam and based on the e-bike wheel RPM. (Garmin Edge users can just select "Auto" for wheel circumference estimate: My brother tells me the Auto feature is not very accurate in the Edge, so he calibrated the WhC for his e-bike by my method).
Interestingly, both Garmin Edge and Wahoo Element bike computers rely on sensors. For example, a Wahoo speed sensor is a necessary buy for a traditional bike, with the Wahoo power meter as a nice extra. Specialized and Giant e-bikes with ANT+ already have the appropriate sensors.
To get detailed Specialized e-bike info, I still need to run BLEvo but the smartphone doesn't need to be on the handlebars anymore.
Finally: You can determine my e-bikes in Strava easily: "Grizzle" is the Vado 5.0, "The Bike" is Vado SL 4.0.