Saturday, May 18, 2013

Garmin Edge 305 Cycling GPS

I have really gotten a lot of mileage out of my $250 Garmin Edge 305 GPS bicycle computer, it is probably the only piece of equipment which I have bought for cycling that is an excellent value for money, and can be used for other purposes. All that other stuff like Casco Helmet, Zipp wheels, Disk wheels were poor value for money. I am not saying they were not good, they were just too expensive and the return on investment was not what one would expect after spending that much money. I also think we get ripped off when it comes to cycling products.

The Garmin Edge 305 GPS, although an older model, has really served its purpose in providing valuable data which can be used for debriefing and analyzing a ride. I also discovered it works in the cockpit, so I carry it with me when I fly to record the flight track and other useful information for later analysis. This is definitely a plus for a device that was designed for use on a bicycle and at the same time works flawlessly in an aircraft.

Two weeks ago I did the Five Boro Bike Tour - it was mentally tiring riding amongst 32,000 riders on unfamiliar roads and bridges, did 70 miles in about 10 hours. Last week I did a cross country flight from Farmingdale Long Island to Groton Connecticut. Today I did my first track workout just for fun to see where I stand after riding a spin bike for the past 16 months and doing P90X and Insanity workouts. All these trips were tracked on the Garmin Edge 305.

5/5/2013 Five Boro Bike Tour

5/14/2013 Cross Country Flight from KFRG to KGON
5/14/2013 Cross Country Flight from KFRG to KGON
5/14/2013 Cross Country Flight from KFRG to KGON

5/14/203 Cross Country Flight From KFRG to KGON

5/14/2013 Cross Country Flight From KFRG to KGON

5/18/2013 Kissena Track Workout

5/18/2013 Weather data at 1:00pm for track workout:
Temp - 17C 63F
Dew Point - 12C 54F
Humidity - 78%
Winds 150@7kts
Pressure - 30.30"
Visibility 10 miles
Ceiling - 12,000 feet
Pressure Altitude - minus 299 feet
Density Altitude - minus 150 feet

Standing start one lap (400 meters) 
Gear 48x16 = 81"
Wheels - Mavic Ellipse
Bike - Tiemeyer
Time - 33.5 seconds

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