I told myself (and my wife, more importantly) if I could just consistently ride for 6 months and prove to myself it wasn’t another “phase” that I’d invest in gear, and I made it - so she signed off.
I was just using the Specialized Rider app with the helmet GPS thing, which worked well as I had no metrics in-ride at all, fine line between usefulness and loss of sanity chasing metrics in the past. This likely helped me just ride and not drive myself nuts. Then got Strava as the maps were helpful. Now my phone loses battery too fast to keep running those, so I need an actual computer.
Figured if I was going to get a computer I might as well get one that’s going to work with some type of power meter down the road and not need to upgrade. I’d like cadence, HR compatibility, not sure what else I’d need over those. My brief research makes me think they have cool stuff I don’t know I’d like as well.
I’ve been out of this game for 15 years so feel completely lost researching all the options, so any guidance on a set up would be appreciated. I think all in for computer and meter $1000 would seem reasonable to me, maybe I’m living in a fantasy world of 2005 prices there though!
I’m all off-road, gravel and MTB, if that makes any difference.