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Which Garmin?

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culminator

Original Poster:

485 posts

111 months

Tuesday 4th September 2012
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I'm really out of touch and need help choosing a Garmin.

What's the best one to get for simple navigation and uploading to strava? What features are genuinely worth having?

Thanks
Mike

Raven Flyer

1,384 posts

126 months

Tuesday 4th September 2012
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800.

nammynake

1,944 posts

75 months

Tuesday 4th September 2012
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Depends what kind of mapping you need. The Garmin 200 allows you to upload routes pre-ride, which you follow on screen via a breadcrumb trail. Very simple yet very effective. Got me from Blackpool to Paris OK!

Uploading your recorded routes to Strava is just a case of plugging into your computer via the USB cable and using the plugin on the Strava site.

You can toggle the screen while riding to show current and average speed in addition to route and distance remaining etc.

Big thumbs up from me.

Gren

1,259 posts

154 months

Wednesday 5th September 2012
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I have a 200 which is great for monitoring your performance and where you have been including uploading to Strava etc. Not great at all (not what I got it for) for any sort of navigation. You really need one with map display for that.

TonyHetherington

32,078 posts

152 months

Wednesday 5th September 2012
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200 = basic screen, can point you in directino you need to go but no "maps". No ANT+ accessories

500 = same as 200, but can link with ANT+ stuff giving Heart Rate (HRM), cadence, wheel speed sensor and power meter if you have one. same screen and same "give direction" ability.

800 = full colour screen, full maps (like a TomTom) and full ANT+ compatibility.


Personally I went for the 500 as I rarely cycle where I do not know. The cost, of course, goes up throught he models.

For all models you simply plug into PC and upload to strava - identical result, only differenec is the amount of data (i.e. no Heart Rate on 200)
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IroningMan

8,023 posts

148 months

Wednesday 12th September 2012
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Sooo...

500 or Forerunner 310?

Or Forerunner 910?

What do you lose by going for the Forerunner over a 500?

Gren

1,259 posts

154 months

Wednesday 12th September 2012
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Bike mounts & the the ability to more easily read it on the bike. Forerunner is better for any use other than cycling though

the_kato

311 posts

89 months

Wednesday 12th September 2012
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I have a 500 and it's excellent. My mate has a Bryton though, which seems to do the same thing for £100 less

Magic919

11,591 posts

103 months

Wednesday 12th September 2012
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Edge 800 here. Wife uses a Forerunner 910XT.

AyBee

7,498 posts

104 months

Saturday 13th October 2012
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Are maps on the 800 an additional cost or once you've bought the unit, is that all in? I do most of my riding around the Surrey Hills, Bristol/Bath and am taking the bike to Majorca next year so maps would be useful but if it's going to cost me extra to keep updating maps or buying additional maps, I may not bother.

ditchvisitor

977 posts

123 months

Saturday 13th October 2012
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I've just got the 800 with 50:000 maps, had my first ride with it today, really happy with it. Takes a while to set it up how you want it but once it's sorted it's awesome. I've got a discount code for wiggle if your interested, I also get an extra 12% for spending so much!! I got it for £370 with a cover and a heart rate monitor. If you want to get one pm me and we can try and sort it out so you get my discounts.

itsnotarace

4,149 posts

111 months

Saturday 13th October 2012
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AyBee said:
Are maps on the 800 an additional cost or once you've bought the unit, is that all in?
Buy the basic 800 unit and download free worldwide routable maps from here

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_Map_On_Garm...

You can run multiple maps on a single micro SD card, just rename the maps so that the one you want to use is called gmapsupp.img



Rolls

1,461 posts

79 months

Saturday 13th October 2012
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Not sure if anyone wants a 500, but there is one on BR: http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40...
(no connection with me -just browsing whilst swmbo is out!)

Jimbo.

3,111 posts

91 months

Saturday 13th October 2012
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1) Do you want to know where you've been and how far/fast your going? Edge 200
2) As per (1), plus how hard you're going (HRM, cadance, power)? Edge 500.
3) As per (1) + (2), plus knowing where you are? Edge 800.

The Edge 800 is a *very* nice piece of kit. Maps, colour touchscreen etc. However, it's rather expensive (both to buy, and have bounce down the road!). I've an Edge 500 and rely on road signs wink

Not Ideal

2,076 posts

90 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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I have a 500 and love it.

donfisher

742 posts

68 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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Does the 200 have the wheel sensor as well?

hurstg01

2,225 posts

145 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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I've got the 800 - I love it!

TonyHetherington

32,078 posts

152 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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donfisher said:
Does the 200 have the wheel sensor as well?
No - that's an ANT+ accessory

Raven Flyer

1,384 posts

126 months

Tuesday 16th October 2012
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ditchvisitor said:
I've just got the 800 with 50:000 maps, had my first ride with it today, really happy with it. Takes a while to set it up how you want it but once it's sorted it's awesome. I've got a discount code for wiggle if your interested, I also get an extra 12% for spending so much!! I got it for £370 with a cover and a heart rate monitor. If you want to get one pm me and we can try and sort it out so you get my discounts.
I paid just under £300 for my 800 with Europe wide maps, heart rate monitor and cadence... from Halfords.

Sat Navs make good Chrimbo presents so the deals may no longer be on but British Cycling membership gives you 10% off any Halfords price.

S2_DPD

234 posts

131 months

Tuesday 16th October 2012
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good offer on Garmin range at Chain Reaction right now - unusual to see these discounted that much

Edited by S2_DPD on Tuesday 16th October 16:18