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GPS bike computers in track cycling?

In track (velodrome) racing, visible cycle computer displays are generally not permitted. So the only funny looks will be from the commissaire who will request it be removed. This is the UCI rule: ...
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Garmin bike computer vs smart watches

I wouldn’t recommend using a fitness watch on the bike. At least for me it got uncomfortable pretty quickly because your wrist is bent while on the bike. In addition all the hard vibrations make the ...
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How to safely pause Garmin navigations?

Option A: Press start/stop and then power. When activity is paused, power button will instantly switch the screen off (instead of locking the screen). This helps to further reduce battery consumption ...
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Is an IP68 rating sufficient to protect a phone during a 12 hour ride in heavy rain?

It should be. That's how I navigate on all my rides, wet or otherwise (phone on the bars). I've done this for a few years, but not completely without incident. Some tips: Make sure all port covers ...
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What waterproofing rating is sufficient for a navigation device for touring?

Easy bit - Touch screens don't usually work when wet, you can easily test it, sprinkle some water on the screen and see how it goes. Because phones are high volume consumer goods designed as life ...
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GPS mount resistant to vibration?

I have exactly the same type of mount and the same type of GPS with it, and after a few years of use the contact interface has become worn out, just as you describe. The problem was exacerbated by the ...
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Which mapping/route planning source should I trust for elevation?

The people at Audax UK have given this some thought. They regard the gold standard as counting contours on an Ordnance Survey map (for those not in the UK, the output of our national mapping agency ...
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Garmin bike computer vs smart watches

The question overlooks some important points or gets them wrong. The cheapest Garmin, the 130, does have navigation. Some exercise-oriented smart watches will operate for weeks, but a chest band will ...
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Does Garmin Oregon 700 have Strava integration?

Is it possible to upload tracks to Strava? Yes, you can upload your tracks to Strava. If your device is connected with Garmin Connect, there is an option to automatically upload your tracks after ...
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Which mapping/route planning source should I trust for elevation?

None of them will be "right" Strava may throw away your elevation data depending on the device used to record it. So for any phone-based app the height is ignored, and your track is placed on a ...
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Are there any bike GPS computers / devices that can create routes themselves out on the road?

Yes. The Garmin Edge 530/830/1030 can be loaded up with extensive map data, and can give you live routing, even without a cellular connection. Wahoo's ELEMNT ROAM can also do routing on the fly. The ...
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Garmin bike computer vs smart watches

Problem with Optical HR is it is unreliable, not inaccurate. For HR accuracy within a few percent won't make a lot of difference to most people, but if your watch locks to the wrong thing, you get ...
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How can I print a map with my GPS track?

Inkatlas lets you create printable PDF maps with GPS tracks and waypoints (on multiple pages if needed). You can select a map style with terrain. Smaller PDFs (6 pages or fewer) are free. Full ...
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Are there any route planning/mapping apps or websites that can show a chart of cumulative ascent?

Online Starting from any route-planning tool that can export GPX, you can do this on my website. It's more about the mapping and planning rides for Veloviewer Explorer, but I've added a graph showing ...
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Tile for theft recovery

Tile in theory can help aid recovery, but in practice, as the answer linked to in comments confirms, knowing where something is a small part of successful and cost-effective recovery. If you bike has ...
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Waze for cyclists

Komoot, RideWithGPS, Strava route builder etc. will try to generate a reasonable route, and have phone apps that help you follow a route. Some will route within the phone app (just like a car satnav) ...
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GPS bike computers in track cycling?

For the track taster session I did a while back, anything like a bike computer, GPS etc was expressly prohibited. I think because anything 'loose' shoved in a jersey pocket might fall out and cause a ...
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What waterproofing rating is sufficient for a navigation device for touring?

I use a Sony Xperia z3 compact as my bike computer/GPS, in all UK weather. It's described by the manufacturer as waterproof, but not for immersion, and I've never had any water ingress issues (even ...
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Will the Garmin Edge Touring store an in progress ride if power is lost?

Yes A comment below made me wonder could a planned turn off be different to a random turn off like my original answer below. So a quick test this morning and... if you turn it off through the ...
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Is an IP68 rating sufficient to protect a phone during a 12 hour ride in heavy rain?

You’ll be fine assuming you have a recent phone. They’re entirely glued and sealed shut on the inside, and there’s no battery hatch or anything to worry about either. I ride with my iPhone 7 (only ...
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Do GPS computers always need online account

All Garmin Edge models can be used without any sort of online account. As can any of the outdoor models, eg the Etrex, Oregon etc. There is a handlebar mount available for these, so you can use them ...
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Are there any sub $100 gps devices that can export a gpx file

I'm surprised that nobody suggested to use an inexpensive hiking GPS, such as a Garmin eTrex 10 (US$ 89.99) or eTrex H (many available on popular online auction sites for US$ 50 or less). They have ...
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Finding better routes than bicycle apps suggest

Brouter (as web application, or Android application as a backend to routing apps LocusMap, OSMAnd, OruxMaps) is based on usage of built-in or custom routing profiles that are based on a specific ...
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Do GPS computers always need online account

Depends what you want to do with the information. If you just want to see your location on screen and nothing more, then no online account is required. However if you want to push your ride ...
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Bike computer which doesn't need a smartphone to work

The new Lezyne Macro Easy GPS is specifically described as a one-time, on the device setup that does not require a smartphone for setup or for use at all. It generates .fit files which can be ...
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Bike computer which doesn't need a smartphone to work

Specific product recomendations are off topic but some general info: Garmin and Wahoo bike computers at least do not need a phone with the respective apps present when tracking rides. Some features ...
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3% difference speed sensor vs GPS

It may not have to do with sensors or wheel diameter. My gf and I go on rides together both using Strava via phone app. Every time, without fail, the data will claim she rode about .15 per mile more ...
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Smartphone app that alerts when a rider is left behind

I don't believe there's such an app, so here's an app-assisted approach. It doesn't alert but both clubs I ride with have used WhatsApp location sharing to meet up on the road. Other location-sharing ...
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Smartphone app that alerts when a rider is left behind

This is an inadequate solution to the OP's problem, which I suspect can't be implemented practically. Garmin and Wahoo are two major brands of bicycle computers, and I suspect that they have the ...
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GPS mount resistant to vibration?

Perhaps a shim under the GPS device would make the mount hold the device better? Just a piece of paper might work, or a thin piece of plastic.
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