Garmin Edge 800 GPS Bike Computer Review

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07/29/2011| 0 comments
by Tedd Jacobson
Garmin Edge 800
Garmin Edge 800

Garmin Edge 800 GPS Bike Computer Review

I previously reviewed the Garmin Edge 500 bike computer and my latest review is on the Garmin 800 Edge cycle computer.

Roadcycling.com reviews the Garmin Edge 800 bike computer.

I previously reviewed the Garmin Edge 500 bike computer and my latest review is on the Garmin 800 Edge cycle computer.

The Garmin Edge 800 came in an attractive box with everything you would need to use it on the bike. The accompanying instructions and CD provided additional information you would need to use the Edge 800. I was able to use the Edge 800 without the need to review the CD, but did look at its contents after I taught myself to use the unit.

The Garmin Edge 800 comes in at least three different package types.

1) The Garmin Edge 800, which only includes the GPS bike computer unit, the bike mount and charger.

2) The Garmin Edge 800 Performance Bundle, which includes the GPS bike computer, the bike mount, heart rate strap, charger and a speed/cadence sensor.

3) The Garmin Edge 800 Performance and Navigation bundle, which offers the Edge 800 computer, a bike mount, a charger, heart rate strap, speed/cadence sensor and a data card preloaded with European or US maps, depending on where you buy the unit. If you choose the packages without data card and maps, you will have to purchase these items from Garmin separately, which can be done online.

The Edge 800 is compatible with ANT+, so you can pair it with a PowerTap SL+ hub to collect useful power data. No calibration is even needed.

Mounting the Garmin Edge 800 is very easy. The unit is shipped together with a mounting kit, which includes a small plastic mount which fits well on handle bars and stems and is easily secured using two flexible rubber O-rings. This also makes it easy to move the bike mount to other bikes when needed. What makes the Edge 800 even more practical is that it is wireless.

To mount the Edge 800 on the mount all I had to do was to twist the computer a quarter turn - in the same way as the cheaper Edge 500 was mounted.

I noticed it takes about 3 minutes for the Edge 800 to locate the needed satellites. Knowing this, I powered up the unit before I changed into my workout gear.

I found it very easy to use the Edge 800 when riding my bike. It was easy to scroll through the function screens using the arrows on the touch screen. The screen was sharp and easy to read in the sun and it was larger than on previous versions, which was also helpful. Contrary to mobile phone touch screens the Garmin Edge 800 touch screen also responded to commands when I wore gloves - even winter gloves. Well done Garmin.

The computer showed me all the well-known data from bike computers. Speed, cadence, average speed, heart rate, time ridden, and so on. In addition it also visually showed me my ride in form of a graph and showed me how many meters I had ascended and how many meters I had descended. Was it too cold for my outfit?

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