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Extremely frustrating. This was with both a Polar M450 head unit and a Garmin 920xt on my wrist. So for the first mile and a half I am screwing with all of my electronics seeing if I can some how reconnect to it. No dice, I had to ride out the entire race without power or cadence.
Back home and I read online about troubleshooting. One of the steps is to remove the battery and slightly bend up the metal prongs that are under the battery to ensure they provide enough tension on the battery for a good connection. This step works and since then I have had no issues.
For the above mentioned race, I did not leave my bike there that night so that part is not consistent with your experience.
It took me about 4 races in 2014 to realize what the problem was. It's not water getting into the battery its getting through the seal on the meter itself. My guess is your meter is at least 2 years old.
Leave it outside on the grass overnight and test it. Then try to wrap it with towels and see if it works. Eventually you are going to need to replace it.
Design flaw, moisture, and thank you for overbiking ;-)
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Please let me recommend Power2max Type S. No affiliation, just very satisfied customer who rode one for 2 seasons through all weather including massive rainstorms, etc, never a single hiccup, and friends with the same experience. So simple to use, battery lasts forever, damn thing just works perfect every time. I think you'll find others on the forum here with similar experience.
Before the NG I used Garmin Vector 2 pedals, whilst no where near as reliable in training as the P2M (I have both an old first gen and NG), after about 30 seconds power data was there for every race of the past two seasons.
Wow thanks I have not done this and will try it. This is MUCH more helpful than Garmin Support to this point!! lol
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My Quarq is paired with a 510 head unit and a 920 watch. During training I don't wear the watch...just use the 510 for power metrics. pairing and connecting are fine while training.
For 3 of my last 4 races, the Quarq pairs and connects with the 920, but not the 510.
On race morning, I wake up the Quarq, and it immediately connects to the 920, and after about a minute, connects with the 510. I have auto power down and auto pause disabled on the 510....when I get out of the water, the Quarq has gone into sleep mode...so I expect a lag before I see power numbers on either the 920 or the 510. After the Quarq wakes up, it connects to the 920....but never connects to the 510.
Any ideas? Garmin supports says it has to be an issue with the Quarq. Quarq support doesn't seem to have a clear answer. So far, its a mystery. I even tested a race simulation the night before, and everything worked fine (although I don't think I waited long enough for the quarq to go into sleep mode)...something seems to happen when I "reawaken" the Quarq, and it doesn't want to connect to both Garmin units.
I will most likely get the quick release setup for the 920, and put it on a bike mount during a race (and just forget about the 510 for races).
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