Mission Control with a Garmin or Wahoo

mschwett

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Region
USA
I do something similar. I need to track my heart beat, but since I own an Apple Watch didn’t want to get yet another device for that purpose. I finally sprang for the big bucks and got BLEVO which works for it all: bike, heart beat and all. Had to do a kluge to get constant heart monitoring by running Ride With GPS, on the watch though.

If I remember to turn off all the other apps on the phone the battery lasts about 2 to 3 hours. I carry a battery bank just in case. Still too many devices, but . . .
i should add that i also use a polar heart rate strap. integrates well with rwGPS and mission control, and the data is correct and present when viewed later in strava or etc.

in the end it was not worth the trouble to get the apple watch connected to mission control. hopefully that’ll be improved someday and i can ditch the strap.
 

Stefan Mikes

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Region
Europe
City
Brwinów (PL)
My thinking is:
Traditional cyclists have no other option but using a bike computer (or equivalent device). Users of many e-bike brands have no other choice either. With Specialized, a smartphone is the most natural choice (although it is hard to go for any longer ride without a power-bank).

Now: I can remember the times dedicated car GPS navigation was the king. Still, motor car brands put their dedicated GPS navigation systems into the car's cockpit. In 2010, I subscribed to a Polish smartphone GPS navigation app by name NaviExpert. It is 2021, and I still renew my license every year. Because the maps are being constantly updated (and they work online so are always current); because the app uses actual traffic data and automatically redirects me so I don't waste time in traffic jams, because it warns me against police speed traps etc. When I was first subscribing to NaviExpert, people were telling me "Don't be an idiot, buy yourself a dedicated GPS navigation device". You can certainly see a parallel.

It is hard for me to understand that this and that model of Garmin cannot automatically re-calculate the route! This article warned me against going into something I actually don't want or need:

There are only three benefits from using a Garmin (or an equivalent) for a Specialized Turbo e-bike:
  • The battery lasts long
  • The device is small and lightweight
  • It supports training plans (that most of us don't need anyway)
But come on, does a Garmin issue audio directions like "in 150 metres turn left"?
 

kahn

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
City
northWET washington
My thinking is:
Traditional cyclists have no other option but using a bike computer (or equivalent device). Users of many e-bike brands have no other choice either. With Specialized, a smartphone is the most natural choice (although it is hard to go for any longer ride without a power-bank).

Now: I can remember the times dedicated car GPS navigation was the king. Still, motor car brands put their dedicated GPS navigation systems into the car's cockpit. In 2010, I subscribed to a Polish smartphone GPS navigation app by name NaviExpert. It is 2021, and I still renew my license every year. Because the maps are being constantly updated (and they work online so are always current); because the app uses actual traffic data and automatically redirects me so I don't waste time in traffic jams, because it warns me against police speed traps etc. When I was first subscribing to NaviExpert, people were telling me "Don't be an idiot, buy yourself a dedicated GPS navigation device". You can certainly see a parallel.

It is hard for me to understand that this and that model of Garmin cannot automatically re-calculate the route! This article warned me against going into something I actually don't want or need:

There are only three benefits from using a Garmin (or an equivalent) for a Specialized Turbo e-bike:
  • The battery lasts long
  • The device is small and lightweight
  • It supports training plans (that most of us don't need anyway)
But come on, does a Garmin issue audio directions like "in 150 metres turn left"?
They are also generally water proof whereas a phone might not be.