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A reliable, well priced GPS Mapping device with a plethora of functions,
This review is from: Bryton Rider 50 GPS Computer - (Sports)
ANT+ GPS devices are the de facto of the serious cyclist and those wishing to scrutinize their stats on the web. Most people who can call themselves a cyclist have heard of Strava.
This GPS moves things on further than numbers and statistics - this GPS is a mapping device. It allows you to create and subsequently follow routes you have created on the Bryton website.
The supplied maps are basic ones taken from the OpenStreetMap project. Later versions of this device have used Ordnance Survey mapping. The former are the maps my device are loaded with and they have been excellent for the road riding I have done. The only problems I have encountered are where I have created a route down country tracks not suitable for the road bike. So a little care is needed when creating your routes on the Bryton website.
There have been various updates to the Bryton website through which all Bryton devices connect to using the Bryton Bridge software. This allows uploading and downloading of tracks and updating of firmware in your device. It all works flawlessly but there are times where I have thought some of its processes to be a little on the slow side. When creating routes (on the current site 18/06/2013) I find there to be a lack of obvious information - namely ascent/descent.
The rest is pretty much intuitive. Saving, sharing, downloading etc.
The device itself is admirably small - but not so small as to make the mapping display useless. All displays are prominent and easily readable when out on the bike. A nice touch is the auto illuminating display - when ambient light falls and makes the display harder to read - the backlight comes on.
Following a route gives the directional arrow and you basically follow a highlighted breadcrumb trail - a green line with big dots on it (should this have been red?). If you go off-course the device beeps at you loudly. Approaching a directional change - the device beeps at you again.
The signal acquisition is rapid and has been accurate with very few blips.
I've coupled this device with an ANT+ heart rate monitor and cadence unit. Both have worked flawlessly. I did have problems with the Bryton HR chest strap - it consumed batteries at a rate of knots and gave a very poor connection. Swapping over to a Garmin HR remedied this and the Bryton one sits in a box gathering dust.
The bicycle mount doesn't use the standard Garmin type mount (circular mount with a 90 degree twist) - it uses a slotted connection and clicks firmly into place. The mount is towards the base of the unit which perhaps is not the most stable or strongest mounting point. It meant my device was prone to vibration against the top of my (100mm) stem. I stuck a bit of velcro to the rear of the Bryton to dampen this and perhaps prevent any damage to the device on the road.
I find the little joystick button on the front to be a real pain to use whilst riding. In fact, I would't recommend using it whilst riding as it is just too fiddly. The joystick is used when flicking through some menus, when confirming you aren't wearing an HR transmitter that day, or when scrolling around or zooming into a map.
I have used the GPS in the rain and it has worked well. There was no obvious ingress of water since the unit appears very well sealed. There was a little condensation appearing which I fixed by lifting the rubber seal over USB port to the rear and leaving it in an airing cupboard.
Battery life has been good. And the manufacturer suggests 14 hours on a single charge. I have not had any issues with battery life. The device also goes into a battery saving mode on longer trips which dims the screen and puts a symbol denoting this across it.
The standard GPS functions all work well and benefit from a larger display than you would see on lesser devices. Additionally, the displays can be configured with a whole host of data. What you display is upto you.
For anybody wondering if it is Strava compatible - Bryton Bridge and the Bryton website can export the data to a whole host of formats. TCX files being the most suitable if you are wanting to upload your data to Strava.
I've found it invaluable for planning routes in unfamiliar places. But its also been a superb training device and has performed reliably during my owership.
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2013 16:55:41 BDT
cup of tea says:
Is it splash proof?
Posted on 7 Jul 2013 16:56:36 BDT
cup of tea says:
Is it splash proof?
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2013 20:12:21 BDT
Yes - it is splash proof. I wouldn't ride with it in a prolonged downpour but showerproof - Yes.
Posted on 27 Dec 2013 11:18:34 GMT
Anybody using this on a turbo trainer as a head unit will find this device brilliant. It has programmable workoutsallowing you to create a variety of sessions ie. Intervals, simple and basic. You can create these on the site or on the device. Once done, its simply a case of turboing to the designated power or speed. The flexible design of the session allows you to tailor also for time and distances.
What I have noticed is the subsequent loading of the session into Strava removes the distance data. Ie. My distances show as 0km. All other data is shown except for distance. The workaround I have found is to upload your exported TCX file into a wonderful freeware programme called Golden Cheetah. Export it from here and all is good.
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