Garmin introduces Edge 810 and Edge 510 GPS bike computers

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01/7/2013| 0 comments
by Mark Watson
Garmin Edge 810 and Garmin Edge 510 bike computers with mobile phone connectivity

Garmin introduces Edge 810 and Edge 510 GPS bike computers

Earlier today Garmin revealed the Edge 810 and Edge 510 GPS bike computer units as well as the new Garmin Connect Mobile app for cyclists who want to track their statistics and location while training and racing.

the device will be set up to show the data riders need for that ride. When a ride is complete, the 810 and 510 display any new personal records achieved, such as farthest distance, most ascent gained and more.

The Edge 810 and 510 offer a suite of connected features when paired with a cyclist’s smartphone (Apple® or Android™) and the Garmin Connect Mobile app. This allows riders to gain comprehensive, accurate ride data from a dedicated device, while keeping their phone out of the elements and saving its battery in case of an emergency. The Edge tracks the data and sends it to the phone using a Bluetooth® connection. This connection allows cyclists to share all the details of their rides with friends, family and social media contacts. Cyclists can post an update immediately after their ride or race with details from their completed activity. Riders can create posts via their smartphone, and the robust ride data’s already there, thanks to the interface with Garmin Connect Mobile.

Live Tracking: The LiveTrack feature allows cyclists’ friends and family to follow their races and training rides in real-time. Invite followers using email or social media, so they can view live data on a Garmin Connect tracking page on a smartphone, desktop or tablet. Once they receive an email invite, they can click to follow and see cyclists’ stats like speed and distance, heart rate (optional), cadence and power (optional), and location on the map. If riders go out for a solo early morning ride, why not give loved ones the peace of mind by using Garmin’s LiveTrack feature. The Garmin-Sharp professional cycling team, for which we have been a title sponsor since 2008, will be using this Livetrack feature during its training rides—giving team management and coaches a real-time look at their efforts.

Weather: Get real-time weather conditions, forecasts and alerts (in areas with coverage) directly on the Edge 810 and 510 when they’re paired with a smartphone and the Garmin Connect Mobile app. This feature is useful for extended rides, and it lets cyclists keep their smartphone safe and dry, while the weather data they need is at their fingertips.

Wireless Data Transfers: With the Garmin Edge 810 and Edge 510 cyclists of all levels can instantly store, share and analyze every detail of their ride — while out on the road. The Garmin Connect Mobile app allows for wireless uploads of completed activities from the Edge 810/510 as soon as cyclists finish recording an activity. Riders choose whether activities are automatically or manually uploaded. Once a ride has posted to Garmin Connect, their own “connections” can view them within one of the world’s largest online fitness communities. Riders can also search their courses and workouts stored at Garmin Connect, download to their smartphone, then send directly to their Edge device — wirelessly. Cyclists can then navigate to the start of the course and use the Virtual Partner feature on the Edge to follow and even race those previous rides in real-time.

Mounting options include a new out-front mount for heads-up positioning

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