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Strengths: Small form factor, great Garmin twist lock mounting system, non-conductive touchscreen (works with gloves), fairly easy menu navigation, customizable screens,
Weaknesses: High cost, blocky low resolution screen, not bright enough on a sunny day, expensive maps, limit on number of maps loaded at once, battery lasts a lot less than claimed
I'm a recreational rider. I didn't buy this GPS for training, I bought it for navigation for my travel bike when I'm riding in places I don't know (that typically don't have cell service). This GPS is the best you can buy (except maybe the new 810) for this purpose because it is very small and mounts very nicely to your handlebars or stem. After 3 trips with this GPS however, I am somewhat disappointed in it's features. It has a tile limit that doesn't for example allow you to load the entire US maps set at 24K even though it fits on an SD card. The limit means that you have to play games renaming the map files, which requires either a laptop or a cell phone for SD card access. The GPS will often lose signal in valleys, and if you are following a programmed track you will get repeated off course warnings which is very annoying. In sunny conditions it is very difficult to see the screen even at maximum brightness. Expect to charge the GPS every day, I found the battery to last 8 hours at most, less if you use turn by turn but it's still way better than an iphone!
I am looking to get info on these units. I am wanting the heart rate data for training purposes and would also like to get GPS data as well. The 810 is a little out of my price range for now. Any advice on this as well as good training programs for the beginning cyclist is much appreciated.Read More »
Been wanting something from the Edge line for a while, and the local Performance Bicycle shop had an 800 on clearance for $549. With Garmin offering a $100 rebate on the 800 right now, plus a military discount at PB, I scored my 800 for $419. Not a bad deal, even without the military discount. If yo ... Read More »
At first I didn't even consider it due to the high price, however, there is a $100 mail-in rebate if you buy it within the next month. So, do you guys think it is worth it or should I just go with a simpler, cheaper model with only speed, distance, and cadence (any recommendations?). Also, if I were ... Read More »
So a Garmin Edge 800 with cadence and HRM is $530 on Amazon right now. The new 810 is close to $700.
Would this work?
Get an iPod touch, give it GPS capability, and add a cadence and HRM via bluetooth, then get a bracket to hold it to your bars.
An iPod Touch 4, refurbished from the Ap ... Read More »
Folks, I need some advise.
I got this Garmin Edge 800 and the SpeedTrap (ANT+) sensor.
Do I still need to have the SpeedTrap on my Trek 2.1 or I just rely on the Garmin GPS to determine the speed. Or am I mixing things up? :blush2:Read More »