So....after battling with my Karoo acting up with (known) issues several times during my 18.5-hour 400km PBP qualifier just over a week ago, I determined that I needed a more-reliable alternate to use on important rides until Hammerhead can make the Karoo reliable.
So, I looked at Garmin (which people seem to love to hate), Wahoo (more than I wanted to bother to spend), and Lezyne....I went with a "48-hour run time" Lezyne model.
(Before Karoo I used a tiny Wahoo RFLKT "dummy" LCD screen device that mirrored data fields from a running phone app.)
After using the Karoo -- with difficulty -- for hundreds of hours of rides over the past year or so, looking at these other brands of standard, "modern" bike computers mades me feel like I've slingshotted back to a 1980s Casio LCD handheld video game or an original GameBoy.
I now appreciate how well Karoo does what it does well, if that makes sense. It just needs to do those things reliably, and we'll have a winner.
I have my final PBP qualifier slated for this coming weekend, a 600km event...it is with much regret that will be leaving my Karoo at home, as this ride is too long & important to waste precious time (at the expense of sleep!!) rebooting, re-pairing sensors, and so on, and it will be nice to be liberated from the charging logistics for the ~40-hour event.
I hope Hammerhead gets it right, and soon -- its good features are so dang good that somebody else will eventually come out with a true competitor, with similarly advanced features & display, if Hammerhead doesn't nail it in time...we shall see!
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