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Garmin Edge Bicycle GPS Unit

Sharpen your cycling performance with Edge 500, a lightweight GPS-based cycling computer for performance-driven cyclists. Loaded with data, Edge 500 tracks your distance, speed, location and elevation with high sensitivity GPS.   Read more!

SIGMA BC1606L 16-Function Wired Bike Computer

Sigma's BC 1606L is the top model for the most demanding of riders, even at night. The BC 1606L succeeds in this not only by providing a better overview of the essential information during a ride by hiding the total accumulated functions...   Read more!

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Garmin Bike Computer Reviews Spring 2013

For 2013, Garmin has 5 models of bike computers out on the market – the Edge 810, Edge 800, Edge 510, Edge 500, and the Edge 200. According the the data gurus at Dynamite Analytics, these five bike computers fall into each of the four quadrants on their “Review Quadrant Analysis”.

Review Quadrant Analysis – Garmin Bike Computers

Garmin Bike Computer Reviews Compared

Garmin Bike Computers
Most Recommended with Most Reviews
Edge 500 More Info/Read Reviews/Buy >
Edge 200 More Info/Read Reviews/Buy >

First, in the upper-right quadrant, representing “Most Recommended with Most Reviews“, land the Edge 500 and the Edge 200. Representing the lower end of the Garmin bike computers line, these fine devices have all the features most cyclists need for training and racing.

Garmin Bike Computers
Most Recommended with Least Reviews
Edge 510 More Info/Read Reviews/Buy >

Next, in the upper-right quadrant representing the “Most Recommended with Least Reviews” category is the Edge 510. This bike computer is new for 2013, and lack of reviews have landed it in this category, although the one it does have is a 5.

Garmin Bike Computers
Least Recommended with Most Reviews
Edge 800 More Info/Read Reviews/Buy >

Third, in the lower-right quadrant we find the “Least Recommended with Most Reviews” category, whose sole resident is the Edge 800. We’re really disappointed in this ranking because we had high hopes for this device.

Garmin Bike Computers
Least Recommended with Least Reviews
Edge 810 More Info/Read Reviews/Buy >

Last but not least, rounding out the lower-left “Least Recommended with Least Reviews” quadrant falls the Edge 810. As a top of the line computer, this is rare to see, but the ranking may be as simple as the high price tag on this device has prevented it from being purchased and hence reviewed.

Overall Reviews – Garmin Bike Computers

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Make the most of every ride with Edge 800–the first touchscreen GPS bike computer. Providing navigation and performance monitoring, Edge 800 is ideal for touring, commuting, competitive cycling and mountain biking. It has a built-in basemap and tracks your distance, speed, location and ascent/descent. Use it the included heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor for a finely tuned analysis of your ride.

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This version of the Edge 800 is decorated in blue trim, and includes a premium heart rate monitor and a speed/cadence sensor, enabling you to gather more training data for analysis or sharing. To expand upon the basemap, it also includes a microSD card preloaded with City Navigator for U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico street maps.

The Edge 800 is also available on its own, with white trim.

We designed this display to be rugged enough to stand up to the elements, yet sensitive enough to respond to the tap of your gloved hand. Switch training pages or pan and zoom the map with just a tap. The bright, sunlight-readable color display is easy to view in all lighting conditions. Just don’t let its good looks fool you–Edge 800 is waterproof to IPX7 standards and can withstand hard knocks and scrapes it might endure in mountain biking environments.

The aerodynamic Edge 800 has a carbon fiber look with either blue or white accents and attaches to the stem or handlebar of your bike with the low-profile mount. A quarter-turn mount design holds unit securely and lets you easily swap it between bikes using removable, reusable bands.

Whether your bike is a means of transportation or escape, having maps at your fingertips makes every journey easier and more fun. Edge 800 comes with a built-in basemap that shows major roads and cities, plus it’s compatible with our microSD cards packed with either street or topo maps. Select a destination and Edge 800 provides turn-by-turn navigation prompts on screen.

Edge 800 can also guide you along routes recorded by other cyclists. Explore our Garmin Connect site and choose from millions of rides uploaded by other users. Any activities you upload to your Edge 800 are stored as courses. You can follow the course with navigation prompts or, for a little competition, race it and try to beat previously set goals. You can also use Garmin’s free BaseCamp software or other applications to create a route, view elevation changes and other data, and then upload to Edge.

Edge 800 records your every move with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that stays locked on, even under tree cover. The receiver features HotFix satellite prediction to calculate your position faster, plus it has automatic time zone adjustment.

Edge 800 tracks a bunch of data from your ride and lets you customize up to three training pages so you can see as much or as little data as you want. The barometric altimeter provides extra-precise climb and descent data and records temperature changes.

If you’re a performance cyclist, you can pair Edge 800 with a third-party ANT+ enabled power meter to display your power output in watts as you ride. This valuable data shows you how hard you’re working, regardless of conditions affecting your ride, so you can train smarter. Some versions of Edge 800 also come with a speed/cadence sensor and heart rate monitor.

Need a little motivation to push your performance? See how you measure up to the Virtual Partner–a digital depiction of your goal speed vs. your speed in real-time. Other training features include detailed workout planning, Auto Pause, Auto Lap and Courses, which helps you compare successive rides over the same route.

You logged the miles, now it’s time to review, replay and share your ride. Just upload your data to Garmin Connect, our website for free data analysis and sharing. You can upload from your PC or Mac using the included USB cable. At Garmin Connect, you can see the route you traveled on a map, view a summary of your ride, create goals, share it with others and much more.

Edge 800 (Blue Trim); Premium Heart Rate Monitor; Speed/Cadence Sensor; Data Card Preloaded With City Navigator for U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico Street Maps; Bike Mount; AC Charger; USB Cable; Quick Start Manual

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Garmin has really upped the ante on the entire cycling computer category with it’s new gps-enabled navigator/computer, the 705. This is a true navigational aid with full-color maps and turn-by-turn directions in addition to advanced route-planning and saving capabilities. On top of that, the 705 adds heart rate and cadence monitors, a barometric altimeter, and wireless capability that lets you share routes and workout data with other riders instantly. Sleek and waterproof, with a 2.2-inch color screen that lets you customize what data you see and how you see it, these two devices help make the most of every ride.
Once your ride is over, simply plug your Garmin into your computer and download all of your data to start or maintain a training log.
Care, however, must be taken not to drop the Garmin while riding. If this were just any other computer, it might bounce off into the weeds, dusted off and reattached to the handlebars. The Garmin is more than just any other computer and it screen can be scrambled from direct impacts. If you were to drop the Garmin while standing still, well, it may survive but we don’t recommend you try. As well, if you were to crash during a race or riding on a trail, the Garmin should be ok. It’s the direct impacts at any rate of speed you should watch out for. Not to fear though because all Garmins have a strong attachment mechanism. Our recommendation, leave the computer attached to the bike till your ride is complete. Let your friends oggle it in your living room.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Product Features

  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix
  • Easy-to-read display
  • Advanced heart rate-based calorie computation
  • ANT+ power meter compatible

Get the Data You Need

During your ride, Edge 500 measures your speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent, and records this data for your review. For extra-precise climb and descent data, Edge 500 also incorporates a barometric altimeter to pinpoint changes in elevation.

All Edge 500 versions work with third-party ANT+-enabled power meters to display your power output in watts as you ride. This valuable data shows you how hard you’re working, regardless of conditions affecting your ride, so you can train smarter. Some versions also ship with a digital heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor.

Other helpful training features include a Courses feature, which helps you compare successive rides over the same route, as well as Auto Pause, Auto Lap and temperature readings. Edge also alerts you if you’re moving but the timer is not running.

Track Your Heart Rate

When paired with a Garmin heart rate monitor, Edge 500 tracks heart beats per minute and uses your heart rate for advanced calorie computation, so you know how many calories you’re burning. Train in a certain heart-rate zone to improve your fitness level or compare your pace and heart rate to past performance over the same ride.

Analyze Your Ride

Once your ride’s done, connect Edge 500 to your computer with the included USB cable to analyze your performance. With a simple click, you can join a worldwide network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts through Garmin Connect™, a one-stop site for data analysis and sharing.

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