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    Quote Originally Posted by reji View Post
    If you want a cheap alternative, you could get a Bluetooth speaker that allows you to take calls while you're riding. Yeah, getting your texts isn't an option and neither is capturing all your cycling data. But it's cheap, you get to listen to music and you can take your wife's phone calls without stopping. The Buckshot 2.0 is about $30. I haven't tried to actually have a conversation while riding, mostly because my hearing sucks. But it has been great to know when I need to stop and take a phone call.
    I have tried to take a call on my buckshot while riding. In calm conditions, it works decently well. In any type of wind or somewhere with background noise it's pretty tough for the person to hear you, and you end up shouting into the speaker, which can really confuse your fellow commuters or people on the sidewalk...

    My garmin vivoactive watch alerts me to phone calls, and shows the # of who is calling. This has been "good enough" since I can quickly tell if I need to stop riding and take the call. But it doesn't show texts while you ride, so I don't think it'd work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by komorebi View Post
    Question for everyone whose devices provide text notification: does the notification include any information about the sender or the message content? My Garmin 1000, when paired with my Android phone, tells me that I received a text message, but that's it. Unless I check my phone, I have no way of knowing whether it's my monthly text from my cell phone company telling me they've debited my account, or a text message that's actually important.

    If remote live tracking is a feature that you're looking for, you don't necessarily need a bike computer for that. I've used Glympse, and I'm sure there are other, similar phone apps out there.
    My Wahoo will display the sender and the message (or at least the first part of it; it doesn't display the full email-sized texts my mom sends). Android phone for me, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by komorebi View Post
    Question for everyone whose devices provide text notification: does the notification include any information about the sender or the message content? My Garmin 1000, when paired with my Android phone, tells me that I received a text message, but that's it. Unless I check my phone, I have no way of knowing whether it's my monthly text from my cell phone company telling me they've debited my account, or a text message that's actually important.
    Hmmmm.... My Edge 1000 shows me who the text is from and displays the first handful of words. I can't remember if that's a setting.


    I'll also add that every once in a while some of my coworkers get on a wild group text tear that is wicked annoying when riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    Hmmmm.... My Edge 1000 shows me who the text is from and displays the first handful of words. I can't remember if that's a setting.


    I'll also add that every once in a while some of my coworkers get on a wild group text tear that is wicked annoying when riding.
    My Edge 820 also tells me who is sending the text and the first few words. Not sure if there is a correlation, but Komorebi mentioned she had an Android. I have an iPhone. What kind of phone do you have Judd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drevil View Post
    My Edge 820 also tells me who is sending the text and the first few words. Not sure if there is a correlation, but Komorebi mentioned she had an Android. I have an iPhone. What kind of phone do you have Judd?
    I also wonder if it's a Bluetooth LE/Smart thing. At least for me (on an iPhone), I have to pair both the BT and the BTLE (aka Bluetooth Smart) to get full notifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drevil View Post
    My Edge 820 also tells me who is sending the text and the first few words. Not sure if there is a correlation, but Komorebi mentioned she had an Android. I have an iPhone. What kind of phone do you have Judd?
    I'm an iPhone user too.

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    Yeah, my Garmin 1000 shows the sender and first bit of text. (Android). It does need to be given peission to read contacts to show sender (name), if I remember right. (It should prompt for that when pairing.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by reji View Post
    If you want a cheap alternative, you could get a Bluetooth speaker that allows you to take calls while you're riding. Yeah, getting your texts isn't an option and neither is capturing all your cycling data. But it's cheap, you get to listen to music and you can take your wife's phone calls without stopping. The Buckshot 2.0 is about $30. I haven't tried to actually have a conversation while riding, mostly because my hearing sucks. But it has been great to know when I need to stop and take a phone call.
    Quote Originally Posted by Emm View Post
    I have tried to take a call on my buckshot while riding. In calm conditions, it works decently well. In any type of wind or somewhere with background noise it's pretty tough for the person to hear you, and you end up shouting into the speaker, which can really confuse your fellow commuters or people on the sidewalk...
    This is how my father-in-law crashed his tandem (with my mother-in-law on the back) -- he was taking a call through speakerphone while riding. He couldn't hear well, so leaned down toward the speaker... and rode straight into the back of a parked car. Don't do that.

    A smart watch might be an option, though you want to make sure that you can check whatever option you get SAFELY. I believe some smart watches allow you to set specific notifications for specific senders -- e.g. a special buzz when you get a text from your wife.

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    These are great suggestions! After some researching, I'm thinking a Garmin/Wahoo type computer might be overkill. The only thing I think I would like about them would be turn-by-turn nav for some point in the future when I can actually go on a leisure ride. But with imminent water-breakage, I don't think these things are happening anytime soon. I only commute, the same routes back and forth back and forth. I use Strava to connect with friends and track mileage/maintenance on my bikes.

    Maybe the speaker type options, or simple smartwatch would fit best. For the people who just commute all the time, what appeals about to you about the specialized bike computers vs something else/smartphone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian74 View Post
    These are great suggestions! After some researching, I'm thinking a Garmin/Wahoo type computer might be overkill. The only thing I think I would like about them would be turn-by-turn nav for some point in the future when I can actually go on a leisure ride. But with imminent water-breakage, I don't think these things are happening anytime soon. I only commute, the same routes back and forth back and forth. I use Strava to connect with friends and track mileage/maintenance on my bikes.

    Maybe the speaker type options, or simple smartwatch would fit best. For the people who just commute all the time, what appeals about to you about the specialized bike computers vs something else/smartphone?
    Outside of the occasional fun ride, most of my riding is commuting or other errands where I don't need navigational help. However, even then I like having the screen to glance down at rather than trying to look at notifications on my Android-based watch (especially in the winter when my watch is hiding under one or more layers of fabric). That's where something like the Wahoo ELEMNT MINI may be more cost effective in your situation, since it relies on the phone for GPS/tracking and just serves as a display.

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