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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