All very good points. I had completely forgotten about the workout capabilities. They really are great if you ride on a trainer/rollers. I have to say it is a good tool to keep your motivation up.I also have the Edge. Another feature I like about it is that you can program workouts into it. Nice during these long, winter months when spending some time on a trainer is inevitable.
I also like being able to see plots of the routes I have done afterwards. Plus, with the Edge, you can overlay your rides on Google Earth and see where all you've been.
If you are a runner and want something to use for both running and cycling, then something like then the Forerunner line is what your looking for. I still use my Forerunner 305 for running....and I actually use it to referee soccer games. All I needed to do was get fancy with the workout feature, but it works awesome.I a inclined to get a wrist unit though because we are also trying to train for a baby triathlon next June.
The program that is included on the disk with the gps's is one called GTC (Garmin training center) for the MAC. It is a bit...rough. Still in beta, and the maps are poor, to be kind.That's it...couldn't recall the name. Too bad it hasn't been tweeked for the Mac yet.
Also, choose your mount carefully and test it before heading out. I have a friend whose I-phone fell out of two different mounts, and that was on road rides. His protective phone case saved serious damage, luckily.i use my iphone and a free app called runkeeper. i am shopping around for a battery pack for my iphone to extend the battery life. so far this is what i found.
The Mili Power Pack doubles the power of your iPhone.
i figure rather than spend $60-$100 for a gps unit the battery pack will be sufficient.
I have an Edge 305 and it does everything I need it to plus a lot of stuff I don't even use. I use Map My Ride.com for uploading rides. I think I paid about $200 for a reconditioned one that also came with cadence monitor and heart rate monitor.I read about the Garmin and a couple of others. Some are wrist worn, others bike mounted. I would appreciate any opnions on them if you have experience with one. Thanks.
i've looked at the mounts. However, I have decided i don't need to look at it while riding. once i turn the app on i throw it in my bag and dont think about it until we are done.Also, choose your mount carefully and test it before heading out. I have a friend whose I-phone fell out of two different mounts, and that was on road rides. His protective phone case saved serious damage, luckily.
May I ask how you kept it charged?the 305 is good for data collection and post ride mapping (to see where you went) ...
I then switched to the 705 with maps and recently (Sept 2009)used is to ride from Seattle to San DIego and it worked well
crazyguyonabike.com: Bicycle Touring: Pacific Coast -- Seattle to San Diego, by Mike Miller