After months of wearing the Garmin Forerunner 305 with the strap, I upgraded to the quick release velcro wristband. It works great for triathlons and works great for day to day training. I also train with the basic, velcro Road ID wristband. It’s the smart thing to do and keeps my family happy while I’m out on a bike for 4 hours. The only problem was I didn’t like all the stuff I had on my arm for running. Not trying to be macho, I just felt absurd with an oversized watch and ID bracelet on my arm.
Last week I took my Garmin off of the quick release wristband and put it on the bike. Since then I have misplaced the band and struggled for two days with figuring out how to take the Garmin with me to workout. I knew I could put the original straps on but I would use that as a last resort. I then had an idea. What about fashioning the Road ID onto the Garmin? Long story short, it worked and will work with or without the quick release set. Here’s how you do it:
1. Use the tool provided by Garmin to separate the strap from the computer.
2. Remove pins from strap.
3. Place Road id on Garmin.
4. Replace pins and secure strap. The pins can be feisty but be patient. The whole thing only takes about 5 minutes and you’re set.
5. Rock out with your Road Garmin ID.
Also, check out the poor attempt at a video I put together last night (see if you can tell when the pin shoots out against the wall):
Another thing, If you give the strap slack, you can easily put the Garmin on its charging cradle without removing any pins.