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best bike gps for the money

best bike gps for the money

Hello

I am pretty new to the area so I figured of getting a bike gps. so i can get use to the area and have neat features.  i am thinking of saving my money to see when garmin is going to produce the next round of gps and then grab one of the older models (510 or 810).  so what models do you have or used?  what do you recommend.  thanks

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Re: best bike gps for the money

Hi bonnev659,
You kind of loaded that question, two different things.  Many of us used the old Edge 305 and migrated to the Edge 500 now which is pretty much the choice of the masses.  They offer virtually no "mapping" functions like a car GPS but can load a course to follow with turns and mostly are just used to keep the statistics for a ride and to refer to performance along the way.
Some of the folks in the club have the newer, and bigger 800 and the like which (I think) do have the kind of mapping you have for your car GPS and maps and such.
Personally, I don't think the GPS is going to help you much with learning the area whichever one you get, you learn it by going on rides and checking out different routes.
I'm sure Ed will weigh in with how he has used the 800 as he has owned and used ALL of them and in some cases many of each model!!
Stuart

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Re: best bike gps for the money

As Stuart said, I have tried and used every Garmin bike computer (except the Edge 200) that they have made. Right now I am using an Edge 810 and am very happy with it. If you feel a need to know the names of the roads you are near, the 705.800, and 810 are the way to go. But realize if you are really lost, the telescopic view on the Garmins may be too constricted to help you. Whenever I have been really off the route, I pull out my iPhone and use the Google map.
The advantage of the 510/810 over the 500/800 is the ability to immediately upload your ride onto the Garmin website. They also allow you to upload your current ride to anyone you are sending it to, via your smartphone. In other words, as you ride, anyone you want to can see you as you ride on a Google map, they can know  just where you are in real time. But you have to have a smartphone to use this function.
I think the accuracy of the mileage of the 705 and 810 is better than the 800 via GPS. On the 800, I had to use my cadence/speed sensor function to get accurate mileage instead of the GPS.
In sum, if you have and carry a smartphone on your rides, get a 500 or 510 and save yourself some money.
Good Luck

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Hi
I forgot to comment on using a smartphone as your GPS/bike computer. I used my iPhone once when I forgot my 810. I put it in my jersey since I did not have a mount for it. The Strava app worked great for the ride summery. In general, the info from the smartphone apps is very basic, the bike mounts are heavier and clunkier than the Garmin mounts (reliability?), and most importantly, using your smartphone as a bike computer is a real battery user. I would only use a smartphone as an emergency backup if your regular bike computer failed. But of course, if the phone is in your jersey, you won't know your current info, only the ride summery info.
Ed

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Re: best bike gps for the money

thank you for all of your input

as I will write out a list of pros and cons for different options

enjoy the great riding weather

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