Computers, in case you hadn’t noticed, are capable of a great many things. They automate so that we don’t need to do things ourselves. Like little servants, they are supposed to do what we need them to, in the way we would like them to.
Watches are little computers…
So, why am I upset this time? I know, it happens a lot on this blog. I’m a natural moaner. Well, it’s simple really, a while ago I moved to Garmin devices because I like cycling and they have good bike computers. I changed my watch too because I like consistency (OCD says the doc…). I have been loudly and publicly complaining and bashing Garmin for years over units.
Here in Europe we use metric. Over in the US you use imperial, or something close to it. Here in Britain…well let’s just say we’re special. We like miles and metres, stones and kilos. But we’re not talking about borders here, or laws, or anything of the sort. We’re talking sports. Runners like to run a 5k or a 10k but they also LOVE to run a marathon of 26 miles(ish). Cyclists like to do a 100 miler but when the tour is on we love to watch Cavendish at 78kph in a sprint to the Champs Elysee.
All I want, dear reader, is to run in KM and cycle in Miles. I want elevation in metres and temperature in degrees Celsius. Sometimes, I want to run in Miles though. It’s a computer. It literally works this stuff out on the fly.
So, the state of the nation after buying some new toys with my hard earned cash? After berating Garmin?
Suunto – one setting for imperial or metric centrally
Polar – one setting for imperial or metric centrally
Garmin – various settings for imperial and metric of various types for different uses, set centrally
None of them allow sport specific units. HOW HARD CAN IT BE?!