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Looking to get a new cycling computer. I've been using my phone (Nokia E71 via Sports Tracker) and it actually works quite well. I'm also able to upload online and compare with others routes/times and my own. The only reason why I'm now in the market for a new one is because I want to mount it on my bars so I see it while riding. I wouldn't feel to comfortable with my phone on my bars.

Basically, I'm looking for something with all the normal cycling computer functions + elevation gain. Ability to add HRM would be a + but not necessary. I'm also looking for something that's relatively easy to setup on multiple bikes.

Any suggestions? Garmin Edge 500 is def high on the list but I've been reading about it being a bit inaccurate..

· since 4/10/2009
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There's inaccuracy inherent in ALL GPS receivers. People complaining about inaccuracy from a modern dedicated GPS don't know what they're talking about. There's more inaccuracy from cell phone GPSes because they use older, less expensive receiver chipsets. They probably compare well to some of the 1st gen eTrexes outside of cell phone coverage. Supplementing them with cell tower triangulation (AGPS) improves that markedly, but how much will depend on how many towers you're able to receive from. You need at least three for a triangulation.

Basically, it's going to come down to what features you want.

Do you want a map to help navigate, or do you just want to record location and have a basic display for metrics? Will you only use it on the bike, or do you want to use it running, too? Do you want a wrist mount option? Look at the features available from various GPS receivers to narrow down your selection.
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