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Garmin Acknowledges The Existence Of Non-Garmin Activities

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that Garmin devices can now process workouts from other platforms (well, a limited set anyway) to determine load. But, the devil is in the details, because they aren’t processing the activities completely; I’ll still be double recording whenever I get on the trainer. That might seem a bit off, so let me explain a bit. I’ve complained before about Garmin’s metrics, but that doesn’t…

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Garmin Releases 8.0 Firmware for Edge 520/530/820/830/1030/1030+

Unfortunately, there don’t appear to be binaries available this time around, so you’ll have to wait or try to force it with Garmin Express. Changes made from 7.10 to 8.00: Course Routing – Improved course routing speed. – Added automatic course route caching. Map – Improved map visibility and contrast with new map themes. – Added a popularity layer to highlight roads that Garmin users have ridden the most. – Added directional…

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Garmin fēnix 6 Firmware 16.70

Not much of a change here, mostly just bug fixes, except that Garmin seems to have erased 16.60 from the official change log? I wasn’t able to make it update via Garmin Express, but since it should be the same as the 16.70 RC, you can download the binary directly. 16.70 Chang Log Notes (all changes since 16.60): Improved device name shown when mounted to a Windows computer to be more descriptive.…

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Garmin Adds 2FA Account Protection

While I wish that Garmin had added an option for proper 2FA (two-factor authentication), I guess having something is better than what they’ve doing. Granted, at least for me, the data that Garmin collects isn’t that sensitive or high-risk that it really warrants the device based OTP model, but that would still be my preference. Steps to enable: Go to www.garmin.com Login and select “Account” from the person icon () in the…

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Garmin fēnix 6 16.60 Firmware Released

This is a weird one… Garmin has been BETA/RC testing different revisions b/w 16.00 and the 16.60 version that was released last night for a month or two, but the change log for 16.60 (clearly a different version than the 16.30 I’ve been running for a several weeks now) is sparser than what they documented for 16.10->16.30. I had hoped the strange amount of lag in the release process was Garmin lining…

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Reconciling Garmin Training Status?

One of the reasons I bought a Garmin fēnix 6 was so I could more accurately track my activity levels, which I hoped would lead to better insight into my fitness level, workout recommendations, and a better handle on my training status. What I seem to be getting though is borderline useless… Below is a table indicating the last month of activity: what Garmin suggested, what I actually did, how it impacted…

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Garmin’s Rally XC SPD Power Meter Pedal Information Leaked

While SPD is clearly the best pedal system available, one drawback is that there aren’t many (read, only one) pedal based power meters available for the platform. It looks like that is changing though, with Garmin bringing out some new “Rally” pedals. Which alongside the SPD, there are also SPD-SL and Keo options (not that it matters ;)). This is all thanks to a post on Trainer Road’s forum, which has since…

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Garmin fēnix 6 – Firmware 15.20

DCR indirectly mentioned that the 15.20 update for the fēnix 6 family included a bunch of new undisclosed features in his walk-through of the Garmin Enduro yesterday. Rollout is in a phased approach currently, but if you want to force it and Express isn’t doing it for you. You can download the “RC“, which should be exactly the same as what you’ll eventually get. I’ve been running it for about a week…

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If you value battery life over EVERYTHING else

I was feeling pretty good about Garmin’s new Enduro watch, right up to the point where the features discussion started. More money than a fēnix 6, but way less features; and the only thing you get in return is massive battery life. I say only, but if that’s your thing, it could be exactly what you’re looking for. Personally, as long as I leave all-day SPO2 off (which frankly isn’t a hard…

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Garmin Releases Wi-Fi Update for EDGE 530/830/1030 Plus

If you’re having trouble with your Garmin EDGE cycling computer connecting to Wi-Fi, it’s possible that the latest firmware update will resolve. As it’s the only change in the log for the update, should be safe to apply (or not if you’re not experiencing). Garmin has provided the update as a download, so anyone who wants it can go get it. EDGE 530/830/1030 Plus…

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