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morganb
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by morganb

My Garmin monitor seems to inconsistently pair with every computer that I've had despite them all being Garmins, and is slow to respond and sometimes gives wonky readings. When I was working in a shop I have seen this problem with a number of them. Is there a more reliable option that does ANT+?

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IrrelevantD
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morganb wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:20 pm
My Garmin monitor seems to inconsistently pair with every computer that I've had despite them all being Garmins, and is slow to respond and sometimes gives wonky readings. When I was working in a shop I have seen this problem with a number of them. Is there a more reliable option that does ANT+?
I had the same issues and got a Wahoo Tickr. Does both ant+ and Bluetooth. Has been very reliable so far.
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And again - same problems so also went for a Tickr and it has been very consistent and reliable in terms of connection and readings. Plus those little screws on the Garmin one are a right PITA when changing the battery. The only problem I had with the Tickr was the poppers on the strap weren't that secure, and no matter how carefully I adjusted the tension it would often come undone during a ride. I swapped it for a Polar strap and all is good.

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Another happy Wahoo Tickr user

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by AJS914

I have a Garmin 510 and a Garmin heart rate strap. While the 510 has been buggy at times (usually with syncing) the Garmin HR strap has been rock solid. It always connects and I haven't had to change the battery in over 2 years.

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by TonyM

My Garmin HR works perfectly.
As well as my Wahoo Tickr.

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by Conza

Garmin only; until a certain rep advised Wahoo had far less issues.

Went that way and has been fiiiine. Then got Wahoo kickr etc, and works a treat pairing with those.
It's all about the adventure :o .

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by mattr

we've got 4 garmins (two current versions, two older ones) they all work flawlessly until the battery goes.

Well, i think they do, the two older ones i've not seen for a few years :oops:

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Id have gone the Tickr but wanted the ant+ brigde

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Nefarious86 wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:14 pm
Id have gone the Tickr but wanted the ant+ brigde

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I have a Viiiiva as well, but I found that I go through batteries very quickly. I ran a bit of copper wire between the snaps and have relegated it to ANT+ BT bridge only duties. I've found ANT+ to the Viiiva and then BT to my iOS device to be a more reliable way to get power/cadence to Zwift than going directly through BT. I've had BT cut out and Zwift on iOS doesn't seem to play nice with my dual-sided meter. I do use a TICKR for HRM duties and found that it's very stable and reliable so far.
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by maquisard

Another happy Tickr user...

Question to the masses... I lose my HRM all the time, usually I come home tired after a session riding or running and throw it somewhere. Would love someone to make a HRM that you could send a signal too from a smartphone to make it beep so it can be easily located. I have a Bluetooth keytag like this and it is very helpful. Anyone else think that would make a good product?

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by mattr

Why not just have a shelf for stuff like that?
All our bike electronics sit on one shelf. Lights on the shelf below. Basic tools on the third.

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maquisard wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:02 pm
Another happy Tickr user...

Question to the masses... I lose my HRM all the time, usually I come home tired after a session riding or running and throw it somewhere. Would love someone to make a HRM that you could send a signal too from a smartphone to make it beep so it can be easily located. I have a Bluetooth keytag like this and it is very helpful. Anyone else think that would make a good product?
Could always tag a BT tag to your strap. Maybe in the back where it won't be quite as annoying. As for the HRM computer, I generally keep one side clipped to the strap when I'm not using it.

I think you got a good idea, I just don't know if it's a big enough of an issue for the mfgs to put dev into doing it.
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by maquisard

It is easy to do and implement on the same chip that does the BLE/ANT+ for the HRM.

mattr, I do have a shelf for shoes, helmet, glasses etc, but I also have a wife who moves stuff...

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