A GPS can give a cyclist much more information about his ride and also suggest routes. For those long distance touring it can be much easier than carrying innumerable maps around. If you’ve ever tried reading a map, whilst cycling at same time, you will know benefit of a GPS. As well as providing directions, GPS models can give an accurate level of total climbing distance. This can be as intriguing as knowing how many miles you have covered.
I also find that standard cycle computers are often less than accurate in measuring distance. GPS gives a much higher level of accuracy. If you are doing a 10 mile time trial, this kind of accuracy can be very beneficial.
GPS Edge 500
This is a relatively small and lightweight GPS cycle computer, designed specifically for cyclists. It comes with all the most useful functions – speed, distance, time, Average speed, cadence, power meter compatible, elevation and heart rate monitor. It is pretty comprehensive without being prohibitively expensive. It is easy to use and you can customise the screen to focus on what interests you in the ride – e.g. focusing on heart rate information. Battery life of 18 hours, is fine, as you can easily get into habit of recharging every day. It offers better value than more expensive Polar GPS computers and is really quite easy to use.
Garmin Edge 500 Wiggle.
Note, if you don’t want Heart rate monitor and cadence sensor, the Garmin Edge 500 can be bought for £180 e.g. at Evans cycles.
Garmin Edge 705.
The Garmin Edge 705 offers similar features to the 500, but has better direction capabilities and can give turn by turn directions. However, you will want to download an open source map guide such as Open Street Maps, but, this is quite easy to do. If you love statistics, the Garmin Edge 705 has much to offer and data can easily be downloaded. Battery life is only 8 hours, but, should be sufficient for all but longest rides. Because it has so many functions it can take a while to get used to it.
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