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  4. SIGMA BC906 9-Function Wired Bike Computer

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!

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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