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    Questions Regarding Garmin Edge 705.

    I'm looking at the Edge 705 (used) mainly for the mapping to use on my road bike.

    If I were to use it on the MTB, how good is it on the trail? Can you record an out-and-back on the trail and it guides you back to the trailhead?

    Also, it comes with a wheel/magnet sensor in case you lose reception. Is it common to lose reception, especially under tree cover?
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    Questions Regarding Garmin Edge 705.

    The edge 705 was good for both things when I used it.

    I did fill the tracklog when using 1sec recording on long rides a couple times, though, and it deleted the start of my ride to make room for the most recent parts.

    I am not a fan of that "feature"

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    The edge 705 was good for both things when I used it.

    I did fill the tracklog when using 1sec recording on long rides a couple times, though, and it deleted the start of my ride to make room for the most recent parts.

    I am not a fan of that "feature"
    Is there a way to change this setting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    Is there a way to change this setting?
    Yes, with some considerable loss of accuracy with "smart recording", see page 56.

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    Thanks for your help guys.
    Another question: Does the HRM work while indoors and not moving? ie:On the trainer.
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    Yes, but it is best if you use the cadence / wheel sensor GSC-10 with it if you want to record the workout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    I did fill the tracklog when using 1sec recording on long rides a couple times, though, and it deleted the start of my ride to make room for the most recent parts.
    Yes, the 705 only records to the internal memory and they do not recommend 1 second recording for rides longer than about 4 hours. It appears the card slot is only used to load Garmin's maps. I am so glad I switched to the 800 since I record every second for rides up to 12 hours long.

    To the OP: The 705 is very good for navigation on the trail. I've never lost reception on it.

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    OP here!
    So I got myself a used 705 bundle and so far, I'm just trying to familiarize myself with it. Maybe I could use this thread for advice.
    -Do you need the wheel magnet to track mileage? My guess is no, because most people use these on multiple bikes. I've got the sensors and magnets set up. Speed, HR, and cadence work, but it's not tracking mileage.
    -Apparently, when you set off on a ride, you have to press the START button to get all the features working... I can't figure out for the life of me where this is.
    Maybe these two questions are linked somehow.

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    Questions Regarding Garmin Edge 705.

    The start button is a physical button on the face of the device. There are two of them. The one on the bottom right is the start/stop button and the one on the bottom left is the lap/reset button. These are in addition to the joystick in the middle and other buttons on the sides. Maybe since yours is used the labels have worn off.

    Press the start button to start the timer. It will begin recording. You do not need any sensors to get measurements for speed or distance. The gsc10 sensor is going to give cadence. I do not recall exactly how the speed sensor is handled all the time on the 705 because Garmin has fiddled with that through firmware updates and new model releases over the years.

    At worst, it will only use the speed sensor when there is no GPS signal, which for me meant I was on the trainer and turned the GPS off. At best the GPS will preferentially display sensor speed and distance when a sensor is paired with the device, instead of using the usually less accurate GPS derived speed and distance.

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    Duuuh

    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    -Apparently, when you set off on a ride, you have to press the START button to get all the features working... I can't figure out for the life of me where this is.
    Duuh, it's the one labeled start/stop! Try reading the manual for some of these pretty basic questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    Duuh, it's the one labeled start/stop! Try reading the manual for some of these pretty basic questions.
    You're right, that was pretty boneheaded.

    ... but try not to say things on the net that you wouldn't say in person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    You're right, that was pretty boneheaded. ... but try not to say things on the net that you wouldn't say in person.
    I do say such things in person!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    I do say such things in person!
    Are you trolling??? I'm just trying to get some help here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    Are you trolling??? I'm just trying to get some help here!
    Seems you are the troll. Asking questions you could easily answer yourself by just doing some reading. Or just looking at the GPS unit!

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    Anyway.... Thanks NateHawk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    Yes, the 705 only records to the internal memory and they do not recommend 1 second recording for rides longer than about 4 hours.
    That was for a very, very early firmware. The issue was fixed years ago

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    Thanks

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    That was for a very, very early firmware. The issue was fixed years ago
    Thanks, I'll look into it. Only use my 705 as backup for my 800 so I haven't kept up with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    Thanks, I'll look into it. Only use my 705 as backup for my 800 so I haven't kept up with it.
    My 705 is up to date. There is no data recording memory option.

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