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asked Swap Bottom Bracket bearings or replace entire bottom bracket?
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comment Are there advantages of dedicated bike computer instead of smartphone apps?
The reason a bike computer has sharper, more accurate GPS is because they usually contain an altimeter. If the elevation is already known then the GPS system only has to determine the long and lat. So it's much quicker and ends up being more accurate.
Apr
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comment Are there advantages of dedicated bike computer instead of smartphone apps?
I've finally come to the same conclusion. Bike computers like a Garmin Edge 500 also have more accurate GPS I've found because they contain a built-in altimeter. Apparently with GPS, if one of the three parameters (long, lat, elevation) is already known (in this case, the elevation is known due to the altimeter) then the GPS is able to determine the long and lat very very quickly compared to a phone that has to determine the long, lat and elevation. So faster GPS lookups = more accurate GPS.
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accepted Should mileage on a trainer be considered mileage on the bike?
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answered What should I look for in an indoor cycle trainer?
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comment Should mileage on a trainer be considered mileage on the bike?
Because they are upgrading?
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asked Should mileage on a trainer be considered mileage on the bike?
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comment Can using a trainer damage my bicycle?
One thing to note is that most decent trainers come with their own skewers. You are supposed to replace the skewers on your bike with these while using the trainer in order to prevent scratching to your bike skewers.
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comment Are there advantages of dedicated bike computer instead of smartphone apps?
Good points. But most bike computers attach to a bracket that is mounted onto the handlebars. Usually all you have to do is twist or pop the computers off the bracket to take it with you. It's made to be easy to remove so that when you do go into a shop you can easily take it with you. If you forget though, then it's just as easy for a knowledgeable thief to take.
Sep
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comment Are there advantages of dedicated bike computer instead of smartphone apps?
Battery life is a good point. But one thing to note is that these Apps typically don't download map tiles on the fly unless you have it open. I usually just start the app and keep it in my back pocket the entire trip. The only thing the app is doing at that point is recording GPS coordinates and uploading them to a central server.
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