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I recently bought a Garmin 800 and I'm very pleased with it. I upload my ride data to Garmin Connect and Strava. I noticed a setting to set 'autopause' on or off, I'm guessing this will pause the timer when stationary at traffic lights, etc.

How would having 'autopause' set to on affect the overall average speed recorded for the ride? Would it increase the average speed compared to having the 'autopause' off as it cuts out the sections of 0 velocity? Which would be more accurate?

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Shep73 [211 posts] 3 years ago
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Using auto pause will improve your averages or more to the point give you more accurate data due to stop starting.

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giobox [361 posts] 3 years ago
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Both measures are equally accurate, they simply measure different things.

With auto pause off, you will get a genuine average speed for your total journey.

With auto pause on, you will get an average speed based solely on the moving time on the bike. This will of course have to be higher.

Garmin connect is quite good in this regard in that it displays both figures for a ride with auto pause off. It has both an average, and a moving average to display, which negates the need to to use auto pause.

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dave atkinson [6329 posts] 3 years ago
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Strava will automatically calculate your moving average too

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Al__S [1268 posts] 3 years ago
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I keep auto-pause off- as said, Connect, Strava etc will give you "moving average" speed anyway (it's the headline average speed figure on Strava). You can usually tell in a group who's got Garmins with auto-pause on- it's the chorus of bleeps whenever the group stops!

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lisa76uk [52 posts] 3 years ago
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Thanks for the replies everyone! Good to know it seems not to be a great issue either way.