There, I fixed it!
If you, like myself, don’t have magnet-less sensors, you probably use a wheel magnet and a cadence magnet for your Garmin bike computer. And if you have more than one bike, you probably bought one or two Garmin GSC10 set(s), consisting of a wheel magnet, a cadence magnet and three black zip ties. Nice, but why there are no Garmin sets with just a couple of wheel magnets? I never had to replace a cadence magnet, while I had to replace many wheel magnets. I believe I have 6 or 7 cadence magnets lying around and I probably won’t ever need them.
Maybe it’s me, but I think those wheel magnets are just too damn fragile! And clearly, I’m not talking about the magnet itself, but the black u-shaped part, that goes around your spoke. The first ones I had, were made from some kind of bendy metal, so as soon as the magnet hit something (like the cadence sensor), that black part would bend and I’d either lose the magnet or it would come loose, in which case the metal almost always broke as soon as I tried to bend it back. Aargh! The last set I bought was different: the black part was made from plastic and wouldn’t bend. Happy with the quality improvement I fixed it on my wheel. And then it broke, right through the middle……
So, there I was with another broken wheel magnet and no more replacement sets. My bike shop doesn’t sell Garmin parts, so if I wanted to have a set, I had to order one, which would have made it quite an expensive magnet.
Time to get inventive! In Sicily there aren’t many things you can’t fix with some super glue and zip ties. Why would a broken wheel magnet be any different? Well, it isn’t! I repaired the magnet Sicily-style and it worked like a charm.
I’m sure it won’t be the last time I need a wheel magnet though, so Garmin, be a sport and add the following set to your product range: