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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #30 on: December 07, 2012, 12:45:53 PM »
Garmin calories are crap. Lately they have improved their algorithms and aren't as bad but are still crap. kJ isn't perfect, there is still a fairly wide efficiency band that causes some uncertainty but if you can determine your actual efficiency then it will be pretty spot on. The Garmin calculations have a much wider uncertainty band with no means of validation or refinement.
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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2013, 07:44:33 PM »
So, I'm running the Edge 500 and I have these 'phantom' activities. No matter what I do to get rid of them I can't. The disappear if I delete them sometimes and pop right back up as a new activity. Deleting them through the Garmin menu doesn't do anything either. They're not hindering the operation but it's just annoying seeing these rides that I know don't exist. Anyone seen this before or have any ideas?
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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2013, 07:59:43 PM »
There's a new firmware, 3.3.  Perhaps you could try that?

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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #33 on: August 10, 2013, 09:59:14 PM »
The last time I went up in firmware I was troubled with the stairstepping elevation, a backlight that didn't work, and one or 2 other issues. I'm pretty positive a hard reset would cure the issues but I really hate to have to go through the trouble of setting everything up, and I'm not really excited about moving up in firmwares if it messes with my stuff.
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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #34 on: August 12, 2013, 02:58:38 PM »
My HRM strap, even with a new battery, has exhibited the same crap behavior. Primarily, it's not reading. It does occasionally start working for just long enough to grab a reading, although the reading is usually way high or way low, and I have to pull the strap off my body and let it snap back for it to grab another inaccurate reading, before it just drops to blank again.

I've ridden without it most of the summer out of frustration, but I've got a coach sort of up my ass about using it to help him get a good grasp of my fitness.

Anyone have any ideas? It's not that old, maybe a year. It's the she soft strap. Head unit is a 500 edge. Bought together.


Edit: anyone tried this? [size=78%]http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2010/08/solution-to-heart-rate-dropoutsspikes.html[/size]
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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #35 on: August 12, 2013, 03:02:14 PM »
Soft strap? Mine had rust on the snaps that connect the sensors to the transmitter. Check that.


Otherwise, maybe your heart sucks. Weak signal.


You're putting it on your chest, right?

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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #36 on: August 12, 2013, 03:09:44 PM »
You're putting it on your chest, right?

Oh so that's where it goes?!
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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #37 on: August 12, 2013, 04:26:04 PM »
I have some issues with misreadings, but mostly extremely high readings.  I've found a little success with soaking the strap in hot water before I put it on and making sure the skin is damp under the electrodes.  I usually put it on before I do anything else to give it time to make the skin damp. Seems to work OK in most cases. 


But in your case, it really seems as if you're not making a good connection.  Does it snap into the strap really well?  Also make sure the strap is tight to your body.

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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #38 on: August 12, 2013, 04:42:55 PM »
Soft strap:


It sucks. I want my old strap.


Apparently the mostly-fabric strap is causing static buildup when it rubs against a jersey. The DC Rainmaker fix is cheap, I'll try that since I'm out of warranty.

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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #39 on: August 12, 2013, 05:05:00 PM »
I'll throw this in as I'm sure you're already aware of them;

Flappy jersey's bad, try the 'flip the battery' trick, try some electrode gel, make sure it's in the proper position on the body, is your chest super hairy and causing problems....

as for my issue a few posts prior. Crazy. Next day deleted the old activities and they stayed gone. Who knows with these things anymore?
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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #40 on: August 12, 2013, 06:20:27 PM »
So, I'm running the Edge 500 and I have these 'phantom' activities. No matter what I do to get rid of them I can't.

Try mounting the unit as a USB device and deleting the files in the file system.  IIRC they are in the Activitives directory. Then unmount cleanly and reboot.

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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #41 on: August 12, 2013, 08:16:10 PM »
Try mounting the unit as a USB device and deleting the files in the file system.  IIRC they are in the Activitives directory. Then unmount cleanly and reboot.

Yeah, after a few weeks I finally managed to be able to do it. For some reason it would always mount read only and no matter what they wouldn't disappear. Then a few days ago I tried and it all worked.
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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #42 on: August 12, 2013, 10:28:14 PM »
I'll throw this in as I'm sure you're already aware of them;

Flappy jersey's bad, try the 'flip the battery' trick, try some electrode gel, make sure it's in the proper position on the body, is your chest super hairy and causing problems....



Thanks! Yeah, this is more rubby jersey than flappy jersey. I'll give the battery trick a shot. Gel, too. Spit's not cutting the mustard anymore. I'm not hairy but, what the heck, FULL BODY WAX!

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Re: Garmin thread
« Reply #43 on: August 13, 2013, 10:23:03 AM »
I swapped to the general old style Garmin HR monitor about 1.5 years ago. Much much more reliable than the soft strap. Still has some spikes at the start of rides during cold weather, but much much more consistent than the soft strap. Worth the $30 or whatever, definitely.
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