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garmin woes, any thoughts

oxomanoxoman Posts: 11,735
edited May 2019 in Road general
Its not up for debate over whether garmin are rubbish as that is fact they are.
Did the C2C last wk as a group of 6, 5 using garmins of which 4 are the edge touring model. On the last day they all failed bar 1 in differing ways. 1 froze then restarted after a power down and carried on from that point, another stopped giving prompts at junctions etc and mine just froze no speed etc just stuck on same position. Couldn't stop to reset mine straightaway but when i did a power down whatever it was trying to do had taken the battery life down to 4%. All 3 garmins purchased at different times and places and all played up in the space of 1 1/2 hrs. Any thoughts other than the bin.
Luckily i backed up using Strava on mobile.
Too many bikes according to Mrs O.


  • sungodsungod Posts: 16,076
    any chance you were near radar/other rf transmission sites?
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Had my Garmin fenix for about four years now. Never let me down.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 11,735
    No to radar I was just outside driffield when mine froze.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Twice my Touring Plus did the sudden power down for no reason, two rides, months apart, but suspiciously just about in the same place. For the conspiracy theorists it is possible there's a military airfield in the vicinity....

    I feel it's getting progressively less reliable with each software and map update. I've now given up on using turn notifications to navigate courses. I just keep the display on the map screen and follow the coloured line. It doesn't waste minutes calculating at the start of the ride, nor will it suffer a calculation error mid ride. Seems completely stable doing that; not one crash / lockup / random power down, and battery life seems better too.

    OK, it's not working as it should, but I'd rather that than have it fail completely mid ride. Again.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 11,735
    Did think about the airfield thing but mine was last to fail and sat stationary at driffield and only 1 of the 3 was using the preloaded route with turn by turn instructions. Mine and the other lads unit just being used for logging the ride only. First 3 days of C2C logged fine on all units. Suspect I will just carry on using Strava on my phone.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • step83step83 Posts: 4,170
    May not be related but theres a couple of roads round my way that are known to give issues. Some are RF signals,radar or power lines/substations.
    The other though is actually due to the bedrock being magnetic, the so called Gravity Hill's they cause all sorts of merriment with them.
    Fun though as you can park a car at the bottom leave it out of gear an handbrake off an it magically goes up hill.
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