Posts Tagged "Garmin"

Pro Tour Computers

In my continuing fascination with the Pro Tour it’s time to look at some of the other kit on the bikes and that is the computers each team use.

The SRM seems to be the computer of choice for many of Pro teams but at around $1000 it’s going to be out of reach most average riders. While power output is always going to be the best measure for training, the next best option is heart rate. It is for this reason I think the Garmin and Polar units are a better choice for the average rider. Both track heart rate but have the option to measure power but at around $300 represent much better value for money. In addition both units are  GPS enabled which is always popular with the average rider.

For me, the noticeable absence is Cateye and maybe VDO, who are both well known cycle computer manufacturers and in my opinion much better than BBB computers, but I guess that is sponsorship for you. The BBB unit just looks cheap and is pretty featureless. I guess this is vindicated by the fact that Quickstep maybe sponsored to use BBB but you’ll still see Polar units on many of their bikes.

 

Company Used by Model Notable features:
SIGMA Sportimage

AG2R La Mondiale
LAMPRE – ISD

Other notable teams include TEAM EUROPCAR

Rox wireless 9.0

 

  • Speed
  • Cadence
  • Time
  • Heart Rate
  • Temperature
  • Altitude
  • Measurement
SRM

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HTC-HIGHROAD
SKY PROCYCLING
LEOPARD TREK
OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO
SAXO BANK SUNGARD
Team RADIOSHACK
BMC
LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE

SRM PowerControl 7

  • Speed
  • Cadence
  • Time
  • Heart Rate
  • Temperature
  • Altitude
  • Power
  • Wireless Protocol: ANT+Sport, ANT
  • Weight: 58 g
Polar

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EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI MOVISTAR
RABOBANK

Other notable teams include FDJ and Cofidis

QUICKSTEP also use them even though they are officially sponsored to use the BBB computer

CS600X

  • Speed
  • Cadence
  • Time
  • Heart Rate
  • Temperature
  • Altitude
  • GPS
  • Power
  • Weight 41g
Garmin

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GARMIN-CERVELO
KATUSHA

Edge 500

  • Speed
  • Cadence
  • Time
  • Heart Rate
  • Temperature
  • Altitude
  • GPS
  • Power meter compatible
  • Weight: 56g

BBB

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VACANSOLEIL-DCM
QUICKSTEP

MICROBOARD TEAM
BCP-32W

  • Speed
  • Time

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Security concerns with Garmin Connect

OK this might be me being paranoid but I started playing with Garmin Connect last night and noticed a real issue with privacy and security with the service.

To start with, when you upload your ride data by default Garmin Connect shares your data with the world unless you specifically change the privacy settings. So all things being equal the average user wont give this a second thought and will leave the settings on public access. Furthermore even if you do change the default settings it wont change the settings for any rides you have already uploaded, you’ll have to go back and manually change the setting for each ride.

So what’s the problem I hear you say with sharing my ride data. In a word “profiling”. As an anonymous user I can go the Garmin Connect site, search on my area of interest and find riders in that area. All the following screen shots were taken without logging on to the service. Here are a couple of riders I have picked at random. As you can see it’s not going to be to hard to figure out where they live

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From here I can zoom in on their activities and see when they are out riding, walking etc. From here I can quickly look for patterns as to when the user will be out of the house and for how long. As a thief this is wonderful news and I’m going to guess that if you have a Garmin your a reasonably keen cyclist and as such you’re probably going to have a couple of bikes (btw I can also find out what type of Garmin you have). So I know where you live, what time you go out and how long you will be out for, thank you the bike shop is open. As you can see from this user I just need to go around to their place on a Saturday or Sunday morning and I will have about an hour to do what I like.

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I don’t mean to pick on Garmin Connect as I’m sure other services probably have the same issue but if you are going to use these services this is probably something you want to keep in mind.