F1.) What wireless fitness devices are supported by the Colorado?
The Colorado supports the Garmin Heart Rate Monitorand the Garmin GSC 10 Speed Cadence Sensor. Note that the Colorado will only use the cadence sensor in the bike sensor. In order to display speed the Colorado must moving and have satellite lock. This means that the Colorado will not display speed if used on a stationary trainer with the bike sensor.
F2.) Will the heart rate monitor and bike sensor work simultaneously?
Yes. You can turn on each receiver on the Colorado, pair each sender (chest strap and the sensor that mounts on the chain stay) with the Colorado and the Colorado will display display data for both sensors.
F3.) How does the Colorado make the sensor data available to the user?
The Colorado shows the sensor data in the configurable data fields on the map, compass and odometer page. The Cadence and Heart Rate data fields show instantaneous data from each of the sensors. There is no page on the Colorado which graphs the sensor data or allows you to view the history.
The Colorado also saves the sensor data in the tracklog (current.gpx) so that it can be analyzed by various programs that run on your computer.
Not currently. Garmin has claimed that when Garmin Connect is folded into MotionBased that Colorado support will be added.
You can upload gpx files directly to MotionBased but this does not include the heart rate or cadence data.
F5.) I've uploaded my tracklog from the Colorado but I am not seeing the sensor data. What am I doing wrong?
Make sure you are uploading current.gpx (which contains your tracklog) directly from the Colorado. Don't use Mapsource or any other third party tool to save the gpx file. Many of these tools (i.e. ExpertGPS) strip out the trackpoint extensions that contain the sensor data.
F6.) Why doesn't my Polar heart rate monitor work when I'm using my Garmin Colorado?
Several users have complained that the Colorado and some Polar watch/monitors cannot be placed too close to each other or the Polar monitor will not pick up wireless cadence and heart rate information.