- Which Garmin or similar to buy?
i like my edge 200.
it’s got all the usual computer stuff + simple route following – you plan course in garmin connect* and then upload it to your ‘device’ which then shows you a black line on the screen for you to follow – a bit like playing snake, with accurately displayed corners/wiggly bits.
(you can get proper sat-nav style navigation, but it’s not cheap…)
the edge 500 does HRM + cadence and stuff too, i think it’s got a barometric altimeter? – so the heights are a bit more accurate. And it’s got a wheel-sensor so you can still see your speed when you’re under trees, in a tunnel, etc.
(*Garmin connect is the worst website ever, but simple, reliable alternatives do exist)Posted 4 years ago
Edge 810. I’ve got one and use it for exactly what you describe. It really is very good. You may be able to pick up a cheaper older 800 too.
Edit: for route following I’ve uploaded the free open streetmap maps and they work very well, much better than trying to follow a wiggly line on my old 500. You can even get sat nav like directions and routing though that can get annoying and I’m happier just to follow a line on the map. You can also customise the data field in the map view which I couldn’t do on the old 500 so you can actually have some useful info displayed!Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
You need the 500 or above for the HRM, the missus has that and it works fine, I have the 805 and I like the extra bits like the maps, I use the speed cadence for Turbo workouts with an ANT+ Stick linked to trainerroad.com. I have a different profile for each bike set-up and screens for different things. Great bit of kit.Posted 4 years ago
If you just want a basic route guide then the 500/510 but if you want a proper map on the screen then 800/810.
Having had the 500 without the maps, i now find having a proper map is so much better and well worth the extra cash. Just makes the route a lot easier to follow. I just map out a route using bikehike.co.uk, upload it to the 810, then just follow that.Posted 4 years agograhamgMember
Mostly road is probably best going for an edge – get a discount 800 instead of an 810 to save cash (see handtec.co.uk they’re generally the cheapest option). If you aren’t so fussed about HRM & cadence and might use it for touring/audaxing etc. then don’t overlook the new etrex models – much cheaper, still with all the necessary mapping/routing capabilities but takes AA batteries.Posted 4 years agolungeSubscriber
I’ve decided I would like a Garmin for my birthday and am not sure of the merits of the various models. I would like one that does the usual time/duration/top speed/average speed but would allow me to upload routes into Strava and also plan routes and, in effect, give directions. If it could also be linked to a HRM and monitor cadence as well that would be good if not essential. It would be mostly used on the road with the odd exception.
Thanks for your help.Posted 4 years agoantigeeMember
not quite a hijack since did say similar – anyone got any experience Magellan / MIO – recent press release in Aus says will have cycle specific mapping as well as if you go for top model cadence etc
the press release links back to http://youtu.be/l6LBU2kxFAw
which isn’t spam its the MIO which its says is the Euro version and a bloke doing a demo video ??Posted 4 years ago
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