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Excellent basic Cycling GPS with maps!,
This review is from: Garmin Edge Touring Touchscreen GPS Bike Computer with Preloaded Cycle Map (Electronics)
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I've been out for a few rides with this Garmin and I have to say I'm impressed. There's a few negative reviews about this, but overall I'm completely satisfied. It's exactly the same size as an Edge 800/810 and looks the same too and works with Garmins standard cycle mounts. The screen is nice, it's good to see its a colour screen. In bright light though, it can be a bit tricky to see it properly sometimes. Swiping your finger across the screen allows you to scroll through the screens. There's the main data screen which you can customise to include upto 10 data fields which is good. There's also the map page, an elevation profile and also a page which shows a compass. Not to sure why they added a compass page as you can select direction of travel as a data field. I uploaded a regular route I cycle and it worked perfectly. What I did like was the fact that when you're on the data page, it will automatically cut to the map when you're approaching a junction and then switches back to the data page once your past the junction. Rides can be uploaded to the unit via the Garmin site, or by using a site like ridewithgps where you can plot a route and save it as a GPX file to upload (the website has full instructions on how to upload routes etc).
The maps are a real plus! It's great to have access to maps not just for the UK but also Europe in case you get lost on an unfamiliar ride or if your touring across Europe. To say you get all these maps and all the other functions it's quite good value when you compare it to the edge 800/810 which is considerably more expensive.
Please note that it is not Ant+ compatible so it will not work with heart rate monitors or cadence sensors. Bear this in mind if you are planning to use these, you'll have to go for an Edge 500/510 or 800/810 instead.
If all you need is basic data, but with the bonus of having maps and having turn by turn directions this is great value and it works flawlessly (for me any way!).