I almost went off the technological deep end the other day.
I couldn't actually find a bike robot that would play this song when I went over my lactate threshold... sads. $500 and New Edition is still not an option?
Anyways, the product descriptions presented to me read like a Mexican restaurant menu. Too many options and whatever I picked, I'd be looking at someone else's plate wishing I was eating some of that instead of what's in front of me.
The Garmin 25 only has (up to) 8 hours of battery power. Forget hundies and PMBAR and all manner of stupid rides where people take "safety breaks" at the top of every descent. Putting a truly capable GPS in my hands would be like giving me a downhill bike... a total waste. I would make use of 7% of its full potential. All the other options I looked at added more features and more bleeps and bloops and thingies I would never use.
Don't tell me to use my smart phone. Not going to happen. It's a $600 super computer that I need at work, so I'm not risking it on my handlebars. I've been known to wreck and make bad decisions.
I even stopped at Bike Source the other night just so I could fondle a Garmin 25. They pulled it out of the box, I got my greasy fingers all over it, and then they put it back in the box. I found the strap annoying looking:
I put my old Cateye Strada back on my bike the other day... with the actual speed sensor and magnet so it's more than just a clock. I had a reason to do it, I think. I can't even remember why now. Maybe I was bored.
What can I say? I'm easily overwhelmed with technology. I just wanted a heart rate monitor. Not a super computer that borders on being sentient.