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Garmin refurb

If you are anything like me,  you'll spend a fortune on bikes, then race wheels and after that everything else is noise. Sure you spend a lot of money kit, it seems disproportionate to what it should have cost to make.

For me, among all the other things, my garmin is the next big thing. I have a forerunner 310xt and a 500 for my bike. I've busted both of them since I bought them. Then a couple of weeks back, before the Jack and Adams Sunday shop ride, my bike either fell over, or was knocked over. Turned out to be an expensive crash, even though I wasn't on the bike. Turned out my rear derailleur got bent, and as it hit the floor, my Garmin 500 broke off the mount and while it was still useable, you could no longer secure it to the bike.

I knew the drill, call garmin tech support, ask for an exchange. They issue an RMA, you send them your bust garmin they sent you back a refurbished unit. You won't get yours back fixed, so save your data before sending it away. Instead of paying $200 to $400 for a new one it's yours for less than $100.
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Great idea
Hi Mark,

Thanks for the tip. I had absolutely no idea that you could get refurbished unites straight from Garmin and I have always gone to Ebay for my replacements! This is going to save me a lot of money next time I turn a corner on a rainy day bike ride at 20 mph (ahem, 15 mph!) and trash my kit!

Hope the training is going well

Ross (London Tri)
Re: Great idea
I assume Gramin in the UK will offer refurb units, worth trying though since new units are much more expensive. Re the TomTom multisports. I do embedded firmware, aka software, for a living. The real problem with this "anything can be fixed its software" attitude is that is OK until you've used up all the memory/RAM in the device, or the device processor is just too busy to do what you ask/want.

Thats why I always send units back that don't do what I need. There is no guarantee that the upgrade, when ready, will work on your device.

Again, there are lots to like about the TomTom, just not yet for multisports. I'll be over in London in September to run one of the volunteer teams for the ITU World Cup Triathlon final in Hyde Park.