Garmin Edge 200, GPS Cyclometer

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    Jul 27, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    Is it worth it?

    I mostly ride for recreation, and occasionally commute when I don't feel like driving. However, I do ride relatively long distances (20+ miles), and use the shorter rides for HIIT. It would be fun to have a cyclometer to track my progress.

    I don't do enough backcountry rides to worry about navigation, so the Edge 500 or 800 would be a pile of useless bells and whistles for me.
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    Jul 28, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidIs it worth it?

    I mostly ride for recreation, and occasionally commute when I don't feel like driving. However, I do ride relatively long distances (20+ miles), and use the shorter rides for HIIT. It would be fun to have a cyclometer to track my progress.

    I don't do enough backcountry rides to worry about navigation, so the Edge 500 or 800 would be a pile of useless bells and whistles for me.


    The Edge 200 is a pretty basic GPS cyclocomputer. It's good if you want to track your rides using Google Maps or Bing Maps and you want to track your progress over a period of time. You won't get any heart rate monitoring or a cadence sensor/speed sensor with it. The way it keeps track of your speed is through GPS, so if you lose signal (usually under trees), you'll lose your speed track. The only thing it will give you, over a $20-$50 non-GPS computer is tracking your routes. I think you may be able to track courses and compete against previous times on that course. You can also upload all your data to Garmin Connect and that's how you can compare previous rides and track your progress. With a standard non-GPS computer, you'd have to manually keep track of your rides and data, which could be a pain. So if you want to track your progress easily, then I'd say go for it.
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    Jul 28, 2012 10:59 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIs it worth it?

    I mostly ride for recreation, and occasionally commute when I don't feel like driving. However, I do ride relatively long distances (20+ miles), and use the shorter rides for HIIT. It would be fun to have a cyclometer to track my progress.

    I don't do enough backcountry rides to worry about navigation, so the Edge 500 or 800 would be a pile of useless bells and whistles for me.

    I dunno. I've got a multi-function electronic speedometer/odometer on my bike now, that includes a cadence sensor. That's all the real-time info I need.

    If I need a GPS function, mainly when I get tangled in residential streets that keep dead-ending in canals, I have my iPhone. But I use that so seldom that I haven't gotten a shock-resistant handlebar mount for it, just carry it in my CamelBak. And given that I'll likely get the larger iPhone 5 (or whatever it'll be called) sometime around Christmas, it'll need a larger mount, anyway, no sense getting one for my 4S at this point. My only upcoming big ride is 165 miles in November, and I know that route by heart.
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    Jul 28, 2012 11:31 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidIs it worth it?

    I mostly ride for recreation, and occasionally commute when I don't feel like driving. However, I do ride relatively long distances (20+ miles), and use the shorter rides for HIIT. It would be fun to have a cyclometer to track my progress.

    I don't do enough backcountry rides to worry about navigation, so the Edge 500 or 800 would be a pile of useless bells and whistles for me.

    I dunno. I've got a multi-function electronic speedometer/odometer on my bike now, that includes a cadence sensor. That's all the real-time info I need.

    If I need a GPS function, mainly when I get tangled in residential streets that keep dead-ending in canals, I have my iPhone. But I use that so seldom that I haven't gotten a shock-resistant handlebar mount for it, just carry it in my CamelBak. And given that I'll likely get the larger iPhone 5 (or whatever it'll be called) sometime around Christmas, it'll need a larger mount, anyway, no sense getting one for my 4S at this point. My only upcoming big ride is 165 miles in November, and I know that route by heart.
    Yeah, I think I'll end up going with a standard cyclometer with cadence monitor. It woulda come in really handy this morning when I rode almost 50 miles...especially riding up "A Mountain" (aka: Sentinel Peak) in Tucson.