Cycle Computers & GPS Systems – Which Product Is For You?
If you’re a keen cyclist, you’ll be looking to constantly up your game, and improve your ride performance and find new and exciting routes- something of which is certainly possible with the latest and greatest technology offered by cycle computers and GPS systems.
And thanks to brands like Garmin, there’s a wide range of products out there perfect for every cyclist; regardless of whether you’re looking to simply track your distance and speed, or if you’re looking for a more comprehensive system that offers additional features such as GPS mapping and navigation.
In this post, we’ll be exploring some of our favourite products, from three different price points – The Garmin Edge 1000 GPS, the Garmin Edge Explore 820 GPS, and the Garmin Edge 20.
At A Glance:
- Price: £474.99 – Was £549.99
- Weight: 114.5g
- Display Size: 1.5″ x 2.6″
- Battery Life: Up To 15 Hours
Why we love it:
- Both On-road and Off-road preloaded cycle maps
- In-ride competitions – see how your ride competes with other riders in real time
- Touchscreen – which can be used in wet weather conditions, and with gloves
- Ease Of Use
- Ability to add maps
In Brief: If you dream of being able to see how your ride competes with other riders in real time, this could be the perfect GPS system for you.
If you’re a keen cyclist, you’ll know the joy of undertaking new and more challenging routes – but how often do you find yourself sticking to the same roads and tracks you’ve grown to love, rather than exploring new routes you’ve never dared to venture down? Thanks to new and exciting products like the Garmin Edge 1000 GPS, these days could soon be over…
Every Edge 1000 is preloaded with Open Street Map content, which offers content that includes routable road and bike paths, points of interest, and elevation data too. Unlike other computers, map updates are free and are stored on the edge, so there is no need to worry about mobile phone coverage.
Although one of the heavier computers, the Edge 1000 offers cyclists a large colour display touch screen, perfect for tracking every journey. Not only does the screen auto adjust dependent on changing light conditions, it is optimised to work in the rain, and with gloves.
Stay Connected with the Garmin Connect App
Whether you want to share your ride on social media, track the weather, or be notified of incoming calls, emails or texts, this is all possible with the Garmin Edge 1000, thanks to it’s fantastic Garmin Connect App which is available to download on both the Google Play store & the App Store.
At A Glance:
- Price: £268.99 – Was £299.99
- Weight: 67.7g
- Display Size: 58.4mm
- Battery Life: Up To 15 Hours (GPS training mode) / Up To 24 Hours (UltraTrac mode)
Why we love it:
- Built in GPS & GLONASS
- Keep informed of every cyclist in your pack with GroupTrac
- Touchscreen – which can be used in wet weather conditions, and with glove
- Calculates calories burned
- Receive Time/Distance alerts
In Brief: If you’re looking to explore and keep tabs on everyone in your riding pack, this is the system for you.
Navigate and explore with confidence using the Edge Explore 820 – it’s perfect for those who are looking for a product that offers a turn by turn navigation system, that also lets you stay informed about other riders within your group.
With an impressive 24-hour battery in UltraTrac mode (a GPS setting that periodically turns off to save battery), you’ll be able to get out and explore routes you’ve never thought about venturing down before…
Stay connected with the Garmin Connect app, and connect with other users for extra motivation!
At A Glance:
- Price: £83.99 – Was £109.99
- Weight: 25g
- Display Size : 2.3 x 2.3 cm
- Battery Life: Up To 8 Hours
Why We Love It:
- Simple & straightforward to use
- Lightweight & small – ideal for travel.
- Under £100 – perfect for those on a budget
In Brief: A simple cycle computer, perfect for cyclists who purely want to track their time, distance and speed.
If you’re looking for a no thrills cycle computer system to track the speed, time and distance of your ride, look no further than the Garmin Edge 20.
Using GPS and GLONASS (a Russian aerospace defence force operating satellite-based navigation system) satellites you don’t have to worry about battery drainage or data usage on your phone – you can use the Edge 20 for up to 8 hours to track your rides.
With the Edge 20, you can create your own course using Garmin Connect, or choose courses ridden by other cyclists. Once you’ve chosen a route, it couldn’t be easier – upload it directly to the Edge 20, and you’re ready to ride!
Of course, these aren’t the only cycle computer’s out there…make sure you check out our wide range of products designed to start tracking and improving your rides, here!