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If you’re thinking about buying a GPS bike computer, chances are that at least one Garmin Edge has made it on to your shortlist. How do you choose between them? That’s where we can help.

We’ve reviewed most of the Garmin Edges here on road.cc, so whether you want something simple to show your speed and track your ride, or you want advanced navigation and/or high-tech training features, we can talk you through what’s on offer.

As ever, we've cited the best on-line prices we can find at the time, but they do vary. If you really want to save money you can also consider older Garmin Edge computers like the 510 and 810. These have been superseded in the range but are still available through dealers.

Edge 130 - £169.99

RRP: £169.90 - Performance Bundle £199.99
Size: 41mm x 63mm x 16 mm
Display size: 45 mm diagonal, 303 x 230 pixels
Weight: 33g

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In many ways the new Edge 130 is the spiritual successor to the classic Edge 500, still considered by many to be the best cycling computer Garmin has ever produced. Simplicity is the key with the new 130, just the essential features you need and lots of the extra stuff you don't. 

The 130 gets your location with GLONASS and Galileo satellites as well as GPS for precise tracking, and also has an altimeter. The pre-loaded maps have 100 locations and 15 course routes, with a built-in barometer and turn prompts.

The 130 packs a lot more data screens in than Garmin's previous entry-level GPS devices, with up to 8 viewable at once.  There's no fancy touchscreen, just simple buttons on the side of the unit, and there's no colour in that screen either, but clarity is said to be good in all conditions. 

We'd like to be able to point you at a review, but Garmin won't send us a review unit despite us asking very nicely. 

Edge 520 Plus - £259

RRP: £259 - Performance Bundle £299.99
Size: 49mm x 73mm x 21mm
Display size: 23 mm diagonal, 200 x 265 pixels
Weight: 60g

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Brand new for 2018 is the Edge 520 Plus. It packs many of the features from the more expensive 820 and 1030 units into a unit that is the same size as the regular Edge 520. 

The big new feature is the integration of Garmin Cycle Maps as opposed to the more basic mapping and navigation on the first 520. The turn-by-turn navigation works for on and off-road courses, and also has alerts that notify you of upcoming turns. It comes with the rider-to-rider messaging service first seen on the Edge 1030, although your ride buddies will need a Garmin computer with this feature too in order for it to work.

Other highlights of the Edge 520 Plus include preloaded Strava Live Segments and advanced performance feedback when used with Garmin Connect and accessories such as power meters and/or a heart-rate device.  

road.cc hasn't yet tested this computer despite asking Garmin very nicely for a review unit. Hopefully that changes soon so we can test it for you all, but in the meantime scroll down to read our review of its predecessor, the Edge 520.

Edge 1030 — £549.99

RRP: £549.99 (Performance bundle)
Size: 58mm x 114mm x 19 mm
Display size: 88.9 mm diagonal, 282 x 470 pixels
Weight: 123g

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The Edge 1030 is Garmin's flagship on-bike GPS. It boasts the largest screen of any Garmin cycling GPS, and Garmin says the touch-screen function works in the wet or with gloves. It also has ambient light sensors to automatically adjust the screen brightness to suit the riding conditions. Battery life has been extended to a claimed 20 hours and there’s a new Garmin Charge battery pack accessory to double the run time to 40 hours for longer rides.

Garmin has beefed up the navigation and course planning features. Trendline utilises the many activities uploaded to Garmin Connect to provide routes using the most popular roads and off-road trails, backed up by preloaded Cycle Maps for turn-by-turn directions on all terrain with alerts for sharp corners and elevation information. You’ll also be able to choose from three round-trip suggestions by choosing a distance and starting direction if you want the Edge 1030 to recommended new routes.

Strava fans will be able to make use of the latest version of Strava Live Segments, while Strava Premium users will get further access to real-time races against personal best times. There’s also a new Segment Explore feature that lets you view popular nearby segments. If you want to use the Edge 1030 for serious training, Garmin has developed the new TrainingPeaks Connect IQ app to let you put your daily workouts on the Edge 1030, and it’ll also guide you through the workout in real-time with intensity targets and intervals.

The new Garmin Edge 1030 will cost £499.95 while a bundle option, which includes a premium heart rate monitor as well as cadence and speed sensors, has a suggested retail price of £549.99. There’s a new flush mount that puts the Edge 1030 in line with the handlebars — not above them — for a sleek appearance.

Buy if: You want the latest features, largest screen and longest battery life

Read our review of the Garmin Edge 1030

Edge 20 — £90

RRP: £109.99
Size: 40mm x 42mm x 17mm
Display size: 23mm x 23mm
Weight: 25g

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Garmin Edge 20 GPS Bike Computer.jpg

If you want a simple GPS cycling computer for tracking your speed and distance and sharing rides through popular social training websites like Strava, the Garmin Edge 20 is easy to use, compact and provides a decent battery life.

Unlike the £30 more expensive Edge 25, the Edge 20 isn’t Bluetooth or ANT+ compatible so you can't use it with a heart rate or cadence sensor. For some, that might be a deal breaker.

Those differences aside, the Edge 20 looks and functions identically to the Edge 25 and works a treat. It's completely wireless and is easy to swap between different bikes.

The Edge 20 is tiny, barely any bigger than the mount, and looks great on the stem. Garmin's own quarter-turn mount is a doddle to use and the computer will work with a vast number of aftermarket mounts.

The battery is charged via a special cradle that clips to the back of the computer, and the USB lead also uploads your activities to the web. Battery life is a claimed eight hours and we got pretty close to that in testing.

The display is sharp and shows all the data you really need when you’re riding. You get two different screens and it’s easy to switch between them.

It's very intuitive to use, and after a couple of minutes you have the measure of the device. The buttons are easy to operate when wearing gloves as well.

While there's no extensive navigational capability, you can download a route from Garmin’s Connect website and follow a breadcrumb (non-detailed) trail. It's not as easy as following a map, but does keep you on the right track.

If you're sure you're never going to want to keep an eye on your heart rate the Edge 20 will be just fine, but if you might want to add a heart rate monitor in future the Edge 25 (below) is a better buy.

Check out our review of the Garmin Edge 20

Buy if: You want a simple GPS bike computer without Bluetooth or ANT+ compatibility.

Read our guide to 9 of the best cheap GPS cycling computers here.

Edge 25 — £87.99

RRP: From £139.99
Size: 40mm x 42mm x 17mm
Display size: 23mm x 23mm
Weight: 25g

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Garmin Edge 25 ANT.jpg

The Edge 25 is very similar to the Edge 20 (above) but with the addition of Bluetooth and ANT+ wireless connectivity. The former allows you to sync the device with a smartphone and Garmin's Connect app so you can easily upload completed rides.

ANT+ allows you to pair heart rate, cadence, speed sensors, although the Edge 25 isn’t compatible with power meters.

While the Edge 25 isn't designed for navigation (the bigger Edge 1000 is far better at route mapping), you can download courses from Garmin Connect to the Edge 25 and follow a breadcrumb trail which works reasonably well. It even does turn-by-turn navigation, but there's no base map so you can't make up a route on the fly.

The Edge 25 will also provide Live Tracking so friends and family can go online and see where you are.

You get three screens during a ride, and you can configure two of them to display metrics from a whole range on offer: ride time, distance, current speed, ascent, calories and so on. You can't add any extra screens. If you're a data hungry cyclist that might be an issue.

Still, the Edge 25 is an excellent option if you’re after something small with a good set of features.

The Edge 25 costs £139.99 on its own and £169.99 with a heart rate monitor

Check out our review of the Garmin Edge 25. road.cc review

Buy if: You want a compact GPS computer that’s offers compatibility with a heart rate monitor

Edge Touring — £162.90

RRP: £199.99
Size: 51mm x 93mm x 25mm
Display size: 36mm x 55mm
Weight: 98g

Garmin Edge Touring

Garmin Edge Touring

The Edge Touring, which is getting a bit old now, is based on the superseded Edge 810 – the same waterproof housing, display size and resolution (160 x 240 pixels, touchscreen), the same rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a claimed runtime of up to 17 hours, the same buttons, the same quarter-turn mount system…

Garmin bills up the Edge Touring as “the sat nav for your bike”. Isn’t the 810 (or the newer 820, below) a sat nav for your bike, then? It is, but it’s equally a training tool. The Edge Touring, as the name suggests, is aimed at tourers, plus Audax riders and leisure cyclists, people for whom the training aspect is less important.

The Edge Touring still measures a whole load of different aspects of your ride, but you don’t get the option of displaying your cadence or power, for example, setting up interval training sessions or racing against a virtual opponent. You don't get Garmin's Live Tracking features either, allowing other people to follow you online.

The Edge Touring concentrates on navigation and it comes with a preloaded Garmin Cycle Map of Europe and the ability to add further maps via microSD data cards. Like a sat nav for the car, the Edge Touring allows you to enter an address and it’ll give you turn-by-turn directions to get you there.

There are three different modes to choose between: cycling, tour cycling, and mountain biking. As that suggests, the mapping includes unpaved roads, paths and trails so it will come up with off-road routes too, if you want them.

The Edge Touring features Garmin’s RoundTrip routing where you enter the distance you’d like to ride and it’ll come back to you with up to three suggested routes with the same start/finish point, along with a route elevation profile for each. You can also get points of interest such as sights to see and places where you can eat and stay.

You can upload and save rides to the Garmin Connect website, plan new rides and download them to the unit, and you can use it with Strava and other websites of that kind.

One other thing that's worth considering if you're touring in the back of beyond and you don't have access to a mains power supply every day is that Garmin does an external power pack (£69.99). You can recharge the external power pack from the mains, from a USB charger, or via its fold-out solar panel.

Buy if: You’re after navigational capability and are willing to sacrifice some performance-focused features

Edge 520 — £195.80

RRP: From £279.99
Size: 49mm x 73mm x 21mm
Display size: 35mm x 47mm
Weight: 60g

Strava Edge 520

Strava Edge 520

The Edge 520 is one impressive piece of kit. It works smoothly with a good interface and clear display, and is bang up to date with all the features (barring full mapping) you could want from a cutting edge performance monitoring tool.

Headlining with the built-in ability to support Strava Live Segments (also available on the 820 and 1000, below), Garmin takes live monitoring of your performance out on the road to new levels here. It's a development that will delight segment hunters out there, and it works very well, although you need to pay for Strava Premium membership to enjoy this feature.

Your Strava starred segments are used to populate the 520's database of live segments, along with a selection of popular segments from your local area. You just ride up to the segment and the device cuts in with warnings of its approach and live comparisons against the KOM, the fastest person you follow, or your own PR.

The Edge 520 has a button interface rather than being touchscreen, and we find that that makes for faster response to commands. Course uploads from Strava and Garmin, and syncing with Garmin Connect, are much quicker than with previous units too.

Garmin Edge 520 GPS Bike Computer

Garmin Edge 520 GPS Bike Computer

The 520 is packed with features. It includes GPS and GLONASS satellite chips, a barometric altimeter, phone message compatibility, all the usual sensors including left and right pedal power recording from Vector pedals and compatibility with other power meters, Shimano Di2 integration, LiveTrack, Varia bike radar and light compatibility, training zone measuring, Functional Threshold Power monitoring, VO2 recording, and recovery time predictions.

It even boasts a basemap although this can't be used to plot a route home. Still, it gives a general idea of where you are.

With all the features stashed inside, as well as that improved display and smaller, lighter design, you might expect battery life to take a hit. It has, compared with the previous 510, but the 520 still offers up to 15 hours of life – long enough for a full day's ride and then some, even with the backlight working and scrolling through multiple pages.

Garmin offers the 520 as a single unit (£279.99) and as a bundle with a heart rate monitor, cadence sensor and speed sensor (£349.99), all of them communicating via ANT+.

Check out our review of the Garmin Edge 520 here.

Buy if: You’re after lots of data in a customisable format and don’t need high-tech navigational features

Edge 820 — £319.99 (bundle)

RRP: From £439.99
Size: 73mm x 49mm x 21mm
Display size: 35mm x 47mm
Weight: 67.7g

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garmin edge 820.jpg

The Garmin Edge 820 is a feature-packed, compact and neat computer – an impressive piece of kit.

It’s aimed at the performance cyclist who wants to be able to navigate, so isn't as bulky as the 1000 (below), but packs in more features than the 520 (above). The size of the screen means it's not at the same level as the 1000 in terms of navigation, but it might be enough for your needs.

You get some excellent navigational features such as Round Trip Routing which allows the computer to create a route for you, giving options based on distance, climbing and intensity. Maps have a clear layout making it easy to see exactly where you are going, and turn-by-turn prompts are simple to follow. After adding in a postcode, town or specific site, the 820 will get you to the correct place without fuss.

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garmin edge 820 24.jpg

As with other Garmin units, you can customise the data you see on each page and set activity profiles, which means you can have different setups for different uses.

Garmin has also added GroupTrack, which allows you to track up to 50 riders (they must have compatible Garmin computers and follow you on Garmin Connect) within 10 miles of you. If you get dropped or lost, you can easily see where others are.

The unit is operated predominantly through touchscreen, but with two buttons at the bottom and the on/off button on the top left. The touchscreen works okay, but compared with button-controlled computers and the 1000 it seems a little sluggish, sometimes taking a second to react. However, it worked just as well with touchscreen-enabled gloves and was still usable in the wet.

The unit is ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible and is simple to pair with sensors on the bike. It also shows notifications and information from your smartphone.

Garmin is catching up with other bike computers in delivering 'incident detection', which means that a text message and location can be sent to a pre-determined contact number in the event of a crash.

Recording is as good as anything we have seen from other GPS computers. There can be a little loss when riding under cover (trees and tunnels, for instance), and occasionally you can see an erratic twitch in your recorded route when riding between tall buildings.

Uploading from the 820 is done through Bluetooth to your smartphone, which is quick and easy through the Garmin Connect app. From there you can either download the file to your desktop or share it with other sites like Strava.

Battery life is around 15 hours, and there are also battery saver modes that can help to extend this, essentially turning off the display while still recording.

The 820 costs £369.99 as a standalone unit, or £439.99 more with a heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensors. However, at the moment the bundle only costs £15 more than the standalone unit, so you'd be daft not to get the extras.

Check out our review of the Garmin Edge 820.

Buy if: You’re a performance-focused rider who wants navigational capability

Edge Explore 820 — £269.99

RRP: £299.99
Size: 73mm x 49mm x 21mm
Display size: 35mm x 47mm
Weight: 67.7g

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Garmin Edge Explore 820 (1).jpg

The Edge Explore 820 is similar to the Edge 820 (above) but it comes without some of the performance-focused features so it’s cheaper. This computer is aimed at touring and adventure riders.

So, for example, the Explore 820 isn’t compatible with Strava Live Segments, electronic shifting or power meters and it doesn’t offer the same level of performance analysis.

You still get bike-specific navigation, of course, along with GroupTrack (see above) when the Explore 820 is paired with a compatible smartphone.

Buy if: You’re want mapping but you’re not after performance and the Edge 820’s performance-focused features.

Edge 1000 — £379 (bundle)

RRP: From £499.99
Size: 58mm x 112mm x 20mm
Display size: 39mm x 65mm
Weight: 114.5g

Garmin Edge 1000 - map

Garmin Edge 1000 - map

The Edge 1000 is larger than any of the cheaper models in the range, with a screen that’s bigger and easier to read. It's nominally been superseded by the Edge 1030, but there are still plenty in the shops.

Unless you're planning to go somewhere incredibly remote, you'll probably find the OpenStreetMap-based mapping to be complete and accurate. The maps are good enough that you can plot yourself a route around an area you don't know just by using the screen. The maps lose a lot of detail as you zoom out because the screen resolution can't show you all the little roads on a wide view of an area, so a certain amount of zooming in and out is required if you're in unfamiliar territory.

The Edge 1000 is capable of turn-by-turn navigation over a prescribed route, or of routing you to a location (or a series of locations) by itself. There are myriad ways of making a GPX file containing a ride you want to do; Garmin's own Connect portal will do it, as will any number of third-party websites. Once you have your file, you can connect your Garmin to your computer and download it.

Rather than the resistive screen of the 820 (the touchscreen works by sensing the pressure of your finger, not its electric signature), the 1000 uses capacitive technology, like a smartphone (the screen carries a charge and the natural conductive properties of your finger affect the screen's charge when you touch it). We’ve not had any false input from rain and it has worked fine with gloves on.

The Edge 1000 will pair with ANT+ devices including various power meters and Shimano's Di2 widget. Displaying the data is simple enough: within each profile (you can set up as many as you need) you can configure five data screens with up to 10 metrics on each. Essentially, f it can be measured and you have an ANT+ sensor capable of measuring it, it can probably be displayed!

The Edge 1000 also has a low-power Bluetooth 4.0 chipset, predominantly so that it can pair with a smartphone. This makes uploading rides simple via the Garmin Connect app. As soon as you save a ride it's automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect, and because Connect now plays nicely with Strava, from there it's automatically synced to Strava.

The Bluetooth tether to your phone also allows you to use Garmin's Live Tracking to broadcast your position to whoever you choose using the phone's data connection. It relies on a data signal being available, so if you're riding through somewhere with limited coverage, updates will be patchy.

The Edge 1000 is also WiFi enabled. That means you can set it up on your home or work network, and as soon as you get back it can auto-sync your ride data that way instead.

The Edge 1000’s stated run time is up to 15 hours, but we’ve found that in real world conditions it's more like 10-12 hours. The screen backlight has the most obvious effect on battery life; if you have it always on at maximum brightness you'll not get anything like 10 hours out of it.

Garmin Edge 1000 - ride summary

Garmin Edge 1000 - ride summary

The Edge 1000 on its own costs £499.99 while the performance bundle with a heart rate monitor, speed sensor and cadence sensor is £549.99.

Check out our review of the Garmin Edge 1000.

Buy if: You’re after a dedicated GPS unit with good connectivity to other devices and a large, easy-to-read screen

Edge Explore 1000 — £309.90

RRP: £449.99
Size: 58mm x 112mm x 20mm
Display size: 39mm x 65mm
Weight: 114.5g

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Garmin Edge Explore 1000 (1).jpg

The Edge Explore 1000 is to the Edge 1000 what the Edge Explore 820 is to the Edge 820: a slightly simplified version with some of the performance-focused features stripped out, at a cheaper price.

You don’t get the option of using Strava Live Segments, for instance, nor of advanced workouts or riding against a virtual partner, and there’s no Shimano Di2 electronic shift integration.

The Explore 1000 is compatible with power meters, heart rate monitors, speed and cadence sensors, and so on.

Unlike the Edge 1000, the Explore 1000 offers incident detection via an integrated accelerometer. The idea is that the sensor can tell if you’ve had an accident and will send your location to emergency contacts.

Buy if: You want the navigational capacity of the Edge 1000 but can live without some of the performance features.

For more info go to www.garmin.com

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srchar [861 posts] 1 year ago
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Never had a Garmin that hasn't been riddled with bugs.

Currently have a 520 that often crashes and sometimes uploads rides.

My next computer won't be a Garmin.

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StraelGuy [1442 posts] 1 year ago
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I had an Edge 200 that was great until it died. I now have an Edge 20 which is fab. I also have an Edge Touring Plus which is the biggest pile of chode I've ever wasted money on.

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Johnnystorm [111 posts] 1 year ago
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My 810 crashed today after about 220km. Never in a million years will I buy another crappy garmin.

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Chrisbpr [34 posts] 1 year ago
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After many years of dealing with flakey Garmins  i  have just hit buy on a leyzne super GPS unit......watch this space.....

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Chrisbpr [34 posts] 1 year ago
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guyrwood wrote:

I had an Edge 200 that was great until it died. I now have an Edge 20 which is fab. I also have an Edge Touring Plus which is the biggest pile of chode I've ever wasted money on.

 

the 200 was the best unit they ever made..... it went downhill after that

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FatTed [17 posts] 1 year ago
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I have had 2 Garmins and have sent them back 6 times, my next GPS unit will be a wahoo. 

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davel [2390 posts] 1 year ago
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Just in the interest of balance, my two Garmin watches are superb.

My Edge Touring is a bit meh and was crashy for a bit, but that seems to have been resolved since an update. It was £150 for touchscreen, proper maps and turn-by-turn. Who else does that?

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Plasterer's Radio [406 posts] 1 year ago
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My Wahoo has yet to miss a beat.

Every weekend on Strava a I notice someone i follow having Garmin issues.

Market leaders!

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r.glancy [9 posts] 1 year ago
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had an 800 about 6 years ago, loved it.

Started cycling again this year and got an 820...what a frustrating bucket of turd that thing is! even after all the bug fixes it still feels like a beta device. Speed sensor kept cutting out all the time.

Finally lost it with it, now boxed up and going in the junk box. Got myself a Wahoo Elemnt bolt yesterday and already like it more than the Garmin.

Up your game Garmin, there are competitors out there now.

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TheScotsman [36 posts] 1 year ago
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Bought an Edge 1000 two years ago and it really is utterly hopeless and unreliable as a satnav.

In addition, at times it fails to record rides or segments.

It used to just stop following a pre-planned route. You'd be miles further along and your marker would be stuck miles back. The only way to force it to get back on track was to turn it off and on again, then wait until it figured out where you were along the route.  It seems a little better in that respect now - it's just developed new routing 'foibles' as the software updates have been applied over 2 years.

It regularly decides - out of the blue - to tell you to do a u-turn a certain distance ahead, whilst still telling you you're on-course. Then when you pass the point of the u-turn it complains you're off course for about 30 seconds before deciding you're actually back on the correct course you'd been on all along.

I have to deliberately avoid route loops that may cross over, as this fools it entirely. I have to create a separate course that stops just before the route crosses itself and another course that starts just after that point.

It sometimes decides it won't bother giving turn-by-turn guidance. It'll show you the route and where you are on it, but no advance warning of upcoming turns, so you need to keep looking down at the map to check you're still going the right way. Stopping the course and starting it again a couple of times usually gets turn-by-turn to start working again.

 

Basically its only consistently reliable use is as a glorified bike speedo / mileometer and temperature guage. I'd never by Garmin again based on my experience of the Edge 1000, that's for sure.

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BehindTheBikesheds [2025 posts] 1 year ago
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I use a Magellan Switch Up which is a GPS tracker (though has a breadcrumb trail feature) similar to the Garmin 20/25. it's ANT+ and can do HR/cadence and power meters, the screens are extemely interchangeable data wise and you can add screens if you so wish but the ones already there show you 99.9% of what most will use.

The other advantage is that you can just clip the Switch UP onto the provided watch strap which it comes with and use it for swimming and running/walking.

for Nav i use a Teasi One which replaced my venerable Magellan meridian (which is still working fine) it's a great little Nav, wouldn't touch overpriced Garmin's with a bargepole!

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davel [2390 posts] 1 year ago
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^ I'd never seen the Tahuna stuff, but that answers my "£150 for touchscreen, proper maps and turn-by-turn. Who else does that?" question!

Looks a decent alternative - very good shout.

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Canyon48 [990 posts] 1 year ago
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davel wrote:

^ I'd never seen the Tahuna stuff, but that answers my "£150 for touchscreen, proper maps and turn-by-turn. Who else does that?" question!

Looks a decent alternative - very good shout.

There's a second answer to that question too.... I use a Garmin Edge 25 most the time, has all the functionality I need and nothing more.

But when I need mapping etc I do have an alternative.

My alternative cost me £100, it has bluetooth, wifi and GPS, has open source maps as well as google maps. It also has a built-in camera and enough storage to save several HD movies to it (if I want), it's waterproof AND it's able to call and text people.

Pretty good for an old phone!

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700c [1260 posts] 1 year ago
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r.glancy wrote:

had an 800 about 6 years ago, loved it.

Started cycling again this year and got an 820...what a frustrating bucket of turd that thing is! even after all the bug fixes it still feels like a beta device. Speed sensor kept cutting out all the time.

Finally lost it with it, now boxed up and going in the junk box. Got myself a Wahoo Elemnt bolt yesterday and already like it more than the Garmin.

Up your game Garmin, there are competitors out there now.

 

This is what's stopping me from upgrading my 800. Would like an 820 simply for due to the advances in screen tech and easier data upload to Garmin connect but so many horror stories - presumably brought about by the  more complex system not being properly tested/ functional.

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schlepcycling [92 posts] 1 year ago
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Sounds like I have a standard 820 i.e a pile of sh*t, like others have said it frequently just decides to stop giving me turn by turn directions or weirdly has added turns that aren't on the route usually down a dead end street.  I can't have a route that starts and ends at the same place i.e. my house, as this confuses the Garmin into thinking I've finished a route before I've even started.  Like r.glancy mine's getting boxed up and probably sold while I'll be getting myself a Wahoo Elemnt.

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sneakerfrfeak [119 posts] 1 year ago
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Had the Wahoo Elemnt for around three weeks now and cant fault it.  I know it's quite a step up from my Garmin 500 in terms of features and nav, but i'm just blown away by it.  I did a ton of research on forums and reviews etc. before pulling the trigger and read sooo many Garmin users complaining about issues, I really think Garmin are on borrowed time in the bike computer/gps market.

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Carton [396 posts] 1 year ago
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Just for some balance I have a 520, reluctant upgrade for a Cateye Stealth 50 (which is pretty solid unit in its own right) after reading all the horror stories. 

It's been spotless so far. It will ocasionally lose my phone, but usually it's back within a minute. Outside of that, no issues. Battery will last me through the week after charing it Thursday or Friday night. 

Yes, the setup is clunky, but it's a one-and-done sort of thing. And still much easier than my Cateye (but again, that was a one timer). To be fair, though, I rarely use the navigation, and the things I've most enjoyed about the upgrade have been the faster signal adquisition, the pretty and customizable screen and the wireless connectivity. But those three things have made a huge difference in convinience. And it's nice to know all the other features are there if I need them / get around to using them.

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Jackson [392 posts] 1 year ago
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Another member of the no Garmin ever again club here. Don't do it people.

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BehindTheBikesheds [2025 posts] 1 year ago
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wellsprop wrote:
davel wrote:

^ I'd never seen the Tahuna stuff, but that answers my "£150 for touchscreen, proper maps and turn-by-turn. Who else does that?" question!

Looks a decent alternative - very good shout.

There's a second answer to that question too.... I use a Garmin Edge 25 most the time, has all the functionality I need and nothing more.

But when I need mapping etc I do have an alternative.

My alternative cost me £100, it has bluetooth, wifi and GPS, has open source maps as well as google maps. It also has a built-in camera and enough storage to save several HD movies to it (if I want), it's waterproof AND it's able to call and text people.

Pretty good for an old phone!

Whilst i've kept my samsung S2 for similar reasons you're stating, how many phones even when stripped of the bloatware can get anywhere near the run times of a standalone GPS unit?

I had being using my phone but honestly unless I'm really going somewhere that is unfamiliar and I need to make lots of turns/multiple destinations I'll just use a map/directions I've drawn onto a bit of paper and use the Magellen switch for data after the fact. The Teasi I got for £75 in April and it's a nice toy but it doesn't come out on every ride, probably not even 10% as I simply don't need it but for more serious riders and those that feel the need for a turn by turn/data recording for everything then a standalone GPS unit has distinct advantages over a phone which in turn does have advantages over a GPS.

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srchar [861 posts] 1 year ago
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Quite amusing that this piece of advertorial is accompanied by a comment thread panning pretty much every current Garmin product.

Like others, I think Garmin will be the next Kodak or Nokia - and they'll deserve it.

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reliablemeatloaf [108 posts] 1 year ago
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I have an Edge 25 that works fine. Simple, gives me what I want to know, and is easy to operate.

 

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bigblue [27 posts] 1 year ago
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I also have an Edge 25, first cycle computer I've had with built-in GPS (note though, does not really do good map-based navigation), and it syncs to Garmin, and then to Strava. Works fine.

Couple of nit-picks. No built-in odometer - worked around that in my account in the Garmin Connect website by adding a fictitious piece of gear (equipment) when the bike was on a round number of miles, for example at xx miles create gear called "Odo + xx miles". Don't think you can pause mid-ride and power down the unit, you have to leave it on but paused. However, neither is a big problem to me.

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r.glancy [9 posts] 1 year ago
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schlepcycling wrote:

Sounds like I have a standard 820 i.e a pile of sh*t, like others have said it frequently just decides to stop giving me turn by turn directions or weirdly has added turns that aren't on the route usually down a dead end street.  I can't have a route that starts and ends at the same place i.e. my house, as this confuses the Garmin into thinking I've finished a route before I've even started.  Like r.glancy mine's getting boxed up and probably sold while I'll be getting myself a Wahoo Elemnt.

stick it on the bay, it will sell quickly..then get an elemnt bolt. now back in stock at Wiggle. love it already, less guff and actually useable in daylight..oh, and you wont be left screaming at the useless touchscreen.

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kamoshika [236 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm using an Edge 500 that is a few years old now. While it still works fine and I've been really happy with it, I'm thinking of getting something new, mainly for the convenience of uploading rides via my phone instead of having to plug into a PC (it should be possible via a USB OTG adaptor, but I've tried getting that to work and it's been a big faff with no success yet). I was looking at the Edge 520 but have been put off by all the neagtive comments I've seen about it, so I'm now thinking about the Elemnt BOLT. The question I have with that, which I haven't yet found an answer to, is can it be charged while in use from a dynamo or battery pack? I'm hoping to start doing some longer / multiday bikepacking type riding so I'd like something I can charge on the go.

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schlepcycling [92 posts] 1 year ago
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r.glancy wrote:
schlepcycling wrote:

Sounds like I have a standard 820 i.e a pile of sh*t, like others have said it frequently just decides to stop giving me turn by turn directions or weirdly has added turns that aren't on the route usually down a dead end street.  I can't have a route that starts and ends at the same place i.e. my house, as this confuses the Garmin into thinking I've finished a route before I've even started.  Like r.glancy mine's getting boxed up and probably sold while I'll be getting myself a Wahoo Elemnt.

stick it on the bay, it will sell quickly..then get an elemnt bolt. now back in stock at Wiggle. love it already, less guff and actually useable in daylight..oh, and you wont be left screaming at the useless touchscreen.

Very true, but I can't decide if I should hold out for one of these coming around August https://www.hammerhead.io/

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davel [2390 posts] 1 year ago
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wellsprop wrote:
davel wrote:

^ I'd never seen the Tahuna stuff, but that answers my "£150 for touchscreen, proper maps and turn-by-turn. Who else does that?" question!

Looks a decent alternative - very good shout.

There's a second answer to that question too.... I use a Garmin Edge 25 most the time, has all the functionality I need and nothing more.

But when I need mapping etc I do have an alternative.

My alternative cost me £100, it has bluetooth, wifi and GPS, has open source maps as well as google maps. It also has a built-in camera and enough storage to save several HD movies to it (if I want), it's waterproof AND it's able to call and text people.

Pretty good for an old phone!

Yeah, that's the obvious choice, but I don't think I've ever had a phone that is properly (torrential rain) waterproof and useable with gloves, which has a battery that'll last for 8 hours with screen/navigation on. As such, it's a separate satnav gizmo for me.

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MODonnell [6 posts] 1 year ago
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The touchscreen, on my 510 has just died (well most of the time), so deciding whether to spend the £96 for garmin to replace it, or change to a different model.  Don't really want to change brands as have the speed / cadence sensors on all the bikes.

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Johnnystorm [111 posts] 1 year ago
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MODonnell wrote:

The touchscreen, on my 510 has just died (well most of the time), so deciding whether to spend the £96 for garmin to replace it, or change to a different model.  Don't really want to change brands as have the speed / cadence sensors on all the bikes.

ANT+ isn't unique to Garmin. Should work with any other computer using it. It's Garmin that are compatible with fewer peripherals as they don't support BT LE iirc.

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kevvjj [384 posts] 1 year ago
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MODonnell wrote:

The touchscreen, on my 510 has just died (well most of the time), so deciding whether to spend the £96 for garmin to replace it, or change to a different model.  Don't really want to change brands as have the speed / cadence sensors on all the bikes.

Spend the £96 on a new one. Sell it on eBay. Get a Wahoo. Your sensors will still work.

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StraelGuy [1442 posts] 1 year ago
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I'd be very wary about selling a duff Garmin on ebay. Chances are the seller will just ask for a refund or lodge a complaint.

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