Where do I begin? Todays ride was 88 deg, I took it really ez, and rode on the MUP, around the Kelley drive here in Philadelphia. It is a beautiful loop around the Schuykill river.
I am very tech oriented, but I can only remember looking at my 1000 maybe twice over the ride of 22 miles. The scenery was gorgouse! The few joggers that were out were not all over the MUP as usual. It was Beautiful!!
The beeps, I heard. i know that I was below my heart rate, so it was not unexpected. not intrusive, nor obnoxiouse. My cadence was low, a beep confirmed that, no problem, I wasn't burning calories as I should have. A beep confirmed that. A beep here and a beep there did not diminish my experience.
What I did like was that after my ride, I carried my bike up the stairs, took a quick shower, grabbed my bowl of cerial, plopped in front of my laptop, and opened my connect. All of my ride information was already downloaded from the wifi. I connected my 1000 and uploaded to Strava, no surprise there, no acheivements. Left a comment on my frame of mind and my ride. then checked this site.
I guess what I am saying is that even though we (I) harp on how great this thing is, I don't constantly look at it. I do enjoy the scenery, I do enjoy the outdoors, and live to get out there. but not on hard effort days!!
The guy that brought my 800 from me loves it!! He is like a kid with a new toy! The funny thing about it was that he had a 500, which he has now given to his girlfriend. The 1000 is like going from a 500 to a 800! Now I went from a 800 to a 1000, There is no contest! The 1000 is, I don't know how to say it, but it is the 1000!! Screen could have been bigger! Large size! Small glitches at first but have since never happened again. NO STRAVA SEGMENTS!!!!!
BUT TRY AND TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME!!!! I DON"T THINK SO!!
With all due respects, if you and the others that replied don't look at your 1000 but a few times a ride (or at all), or just set it up to show you 2 or 3 data fields, or just have it beep at you (or not), or just use it as a heart rate monitor or to track your mileage or to tell you your cadence, or just use it to store and upload your data (or not even that), why would you spend $600 on this device when you can do all of that and more for less than $200. Or, if this is what you are looking for from a bike computer, you could just put your iPhone (and soon your Galaxy) with its larger, sharper screen with apps including STRAVA in place of the computer for the cost of a mount and a couple ANT+ sensors.
You've given me new insights into Garmin's market - more size, more bling, more expensive is better. All the added functionality they crammed into this thing doesn't really gets used ... or distract you. So its a win for Garmin and a win for you.
What cycling gear to get next and where to get it