A big advantage to cyclists of the Garmin Edge 800 is the inbuilt GPS. Firstly as it enables the use of details such as terrain contours, topo elevations, summits, routable roads and trails, parks, coastlines, rivers, lakes and geographical points. The option of adding City Navigator Australia and New Zealand data gives you street maps, preloaded points of interest and onscreen turn-by-turn directions.
In addition to displaying mapping data, the Garmin Edge 800 Touchscreen GPS bike computer collects speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent. It can also be paired with “compatible third-party power meters as well as Garmin heart rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors” to provide more real-time data.
Secondly, as your ride data is collected via GOS there’s no need to wire the Garmin Edge 800 Touchscreen GPS bike computer to your bicycle, you’re able to use the computer on multiple bikes.
In addition to seeing all of this mapping data on-screen, once you’ve finished your ride you can upload your ride data to the Garmin Connect website, and download rides uploaded by other Garmin Connect users. At the time of writing there have been more than a billion miles of rides and runs uploaded into Garmin Connect.
Kudos to Garmin for being a major sponsor of a team racing in the 2011 Tour de France, the Garmin – Cervelo team.
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Buy the The Garmin Edge 800 Touchscreen GPS bike computer
The Garmin Edge 800 Touchscreen GPS bike computer is available in stores now, and has an RRP of $499.