Gadgets, or not?

I like gadgets. I always ride with a GPS/heart rate monitor, and sometimes with a Power Tap hub as well. I've owned about five different HRMs, two GPSs that I used for cycling, probably tens of conventional bike computers. The thing is though, at my level of fitness/commitment, they don't really help. I improved way more by deciding I was going to do 10 hours a week instead of 7 hours a week than I did with months of sophisticated power measurements and periodized training, and I would have needed nothing more complex than a wrist watch to detect the improvement. But I'm not about to give up any of my toys. They are part of the fun for me, even if it is a bit Fred-ish to have Lance-like measurement systems to show that I'm old, fat and slow.

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I could be tempted with both a GPS and a heart rate monitor. The trouble is since the vast majority of my cycling is going to and from work I'm not sure I could be bothered with the extra weight and hassle.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on July 15, 2005 at 07:53 AM PDT #

Terry, Any ideas for a viable 'multiple function' bicycle computer? How would you like it to 'scroll' during cycling?

Posted by William R. Walling on July 15, 2005 at 01:29 PM PDT #

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