Reader Kevin won our Cyclo 505 Haiku contest giveaway and this is his first review post.
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I pulled out the unit and went to plug it in for the initial charge and thought why do they use mini USB vs micro? I'll always have a micro charger (at least for now) to charge my phone and other devices.
Moving on from there I started looking at the mounts. There is one really slick one and one that you zip tie. The instructions ask you to remove your grip to use the really nice mount. I was bummed. So I tried to fit it over my head tube and voila it opened wide enough. (It's not hinged like some other mounts are.) I'm assuming they recommend the removal of grips versus the open wide option so you don't accidentally break the cool mount. The advantage of this is I now have mounts for both my main bikes without having to buy more (or in Bikehacks.com spirit, hack something).
The unit itself feels really well built, but seems heavy for those using carbon fiber reflectors to keep the weight down. Speaking of weight, as I go through the set-up there's a max user weight of 330 lbs. I have no idea why that is. I'd assume it's related to the HR monitor options.
The power/home button is easy to press with and without gloves. The screen input worked occasionally with some huge old ski style gloves I figured would never work. The GPS works great. It counts down in yards to your next turn, beeping to let you know to pay attention. The tracking and syncing works well once you've set it up. I appreciate the fact that the device senses you're moving and asks to record the trip. The menu is nice and big so you can mess with it while on the go. I like that you can really customize the information on each screen. If you're in navigation and want distance to next turn, total distance remaining, and time remaining you can set all of this up for that screen. The same goes for maps, workout, and the general info screen (of which there are 2).
The Bluetooth connection with the phone was spotty at best. The Cyclosmart app often force closed causing me to lose all music controls and other phone options. (I'm not blaming the 505 for that yet. I'll try it with different phones and see what happens.)
I guess a review isn't any good without a "would you buy it" decision. I would buy one. It wraps everything up in a nice easy-to-use package. I can leave my phone in my bag and get texts, control music, and see callers. I can use the GPS to get to places the best "bike friendly" way possible. Most importantly, I can track my rides all in one place and not have to use an app on my phone. At some point I may even buy the cadence sensor to help me improve my pace while riding for training. That's the cool thing about this. I can use it on my cruiser and my touring bike for different reasons and still get good results. It also allows for a car setting in the navigation menu if you want to use it for turn-by-turn directions while driving.