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pros and cons of different bike computers?

For mostly road and trail cycling. Pros and Cons of Garmin 530 vs Wahoo Element, or prefer something else?

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I have tried several bike computers and my two favorites are the newer Garmin Edge 530 or 1030 and the Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt (either the new color screen or older b&W one.  The Garmin has more 3rd party apps than the Wahoo, a climbing screen, and better directions.  The Wahoo offers better technical data and is a little faster operating.  Garmin has released a new update which has improved the speed.  I currently use the Garmin 530 and have liked it although I do most of my route planning in Komoot and import it into Garmin Connect or connect Komoot directly with Garmin Connect IQ.   


I enjoy my element bolt. I have not used a Garmin but my impression is they are more complicated to use. As long as you have a smart phone the wahoo is pretty easy to configure and set directions. Strava integration is also seamless. 


Garmin Edge 200 was all I needed when I first started uploading to Mapmyride, and then eventually Strava to keep track of my ride distance.  It was lacking the ability to add a Heart rate band and cadence, new friend in the cycling community, sold me his old Garmin Edge 705 and helped me set up the heart rate and cadence functions.  

Now I have a Lezyne Enhanced Super GPS that I have used for a number of years, its 22 hour battery was my reason for making this purchase.  Garmin's did not have long battery life when I made the Lezyne GPS purchase. I tested the Lezyne against the Garmin Edge 200 for several months, yep 2 GPS units on my bicycle for months and they seldom were more than a tenth of a mile different on my commute or a 100 mile ride.  

I have also used the Lezyne Enhanced Super GPS in Japan, I gifted one to my brother living in Japan and he still uses it to record his weekly rides.  A gps is wonderful fitness tool, it can be moved from bicycle to bicycle.