When it comes to tracking your travels and posting them on Strava For the world to see, there are plenty of options available.
Why Major 45? Well, any piece of kit that can withstand daily use and abuse (read: profuse sweating and dog attacks) you put into this watch, it should be–no, it deserves to be–inserted into the pool of gods. High Mileage Heroes.
Why use a smartwatch for cycling?
First, I enjoy the simplicity of my flagship.
Although it may not feature turn-by-turn directions or the route planning functionality that is stored in some high-end bike computers and smartwatches, when I Mobility To BikeRadar HQ, you don’t need directions or any other data.
This keeps me focused on just enjoying my bike ride, and avoiding the usual hazards found on a rush hour combined-use cycle path.
That’s not to say the Forerunner 45 is basic. It tracks heart rate, features customizable data screens, offers sleep tracking, and can display phone notifications.
Admitting this might be blasphemous, but I also love jogging – perhaps even more than cycling.
while I can take Hammer Karoo 2 A GPS computer while it’s on, it just won’t fit right in, and I like it, I just need to think of one.
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Kit stand the test of time…and dogs
As you’d expect from a kit that’s now old enough to go to school, I’ve had some bumps, bruises, and scrapes along the way.
This was speeded up by the addition of a six-month-old flat-coated Remy Retriever puppy.
There’s nothing Remy loves more than chewing on something she shouldn’t be. At the top of my chew list is my watch.
Despite chomping (several times), there is no damage to the screen or the band. Touch the wood…
In fact, aside from a strange sweat stain and a sliver of muddy debris in the textured tape, there are very few signs of me using it.
The buttons are much smoother than when I bought them, but that only adds to the character.
The same can’t be said for the Caro 2. On a psychedelic spring morning, I dropped it on concrete and the computer had cosmetic damage. The powerful flagship has survived many such accidents.
Amazing battery health
One of the usual downsides to older technology is dwindling battery life.
Just think about your phone – if it’s more than a year old, you’ll know the battery lasts less than a static shock.
The same cannot be said of my predecessor. Even though it’s four years old, my watch lasts about a week if I don’t use GPS, or three to four days with four to five hours of GPS usage per day.
When writing this article, I went back to check out the claimed battery life of the smartwatch, at which time Garmin claimed up to seven days in smartwatch mode.
So even after about 1,500 days of use, I’m still getting the maximum battery life.
This is undoubtedly impressive, but doubly useful when Garmin insists I charge the Forerunner 45 using a proprietary easy-to-lose charger instead of the more common USB-C or mini-USB.
A simple watch for a simple man
Amid all the other technologies included in the Forerunner 45, I appreciate how well it performs its simple basic functions.
At the end of a run, cycle, walk or workout, I can wipe the sweat and tell the time, and continue to do so day in and day out without complaint.
Sure, a GPS bike computer might be able to do the same thing, but you can’t strap it to your wrist and wear it as a really fashionable piece of tech (if you do, remember you got the idea from me first).
Humor aside, a smartwatch is a great way to start tracking your travels. It’s cheaper than the less expensive Garmin computer, it’s versatile and provides more than enough data for even the smallest riders.