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With more and more people taking up cycling, having a device which records and analyses your routes is becoming more and more popular. There are many smartphone apps which do this perfectly well but the downside of this is that using GPS on a smartphone drains the battery quickly. If you are on a long ride, this may become a problem.
Thankfully the Garmin Edge series of bike navigation units allow you to overcome this issue. The Edge 200 is the entry level device which will be sufficient for most leisure cyclists. The device measures your overall moving time, distance covered, average speed and fastest speed. For most people this will be enough info and the beauty of the Edge 200 is that all this data can be uploaded to the Garminworld website as well as other popular fitness websites such as Endomondo and Strava.
Installing the Edge 200 couldn't be simpler. All you do is place the fixing bracket on the frame of your handlebars where you want the unit to go and wrap the two bands around the frame to secure the bracket. Once in place, you can fix or unclip the Edge 200 by placing it over the bracket and turning it 90 degrees.
The Edge 200 has a 130 hour memory capacity which means you can store a huge number of rides on it before they will need deleting. By keeping a lot of rides on the edge, you will be able to challenge yourself over courses which you do frequently. The Edge 200 will show you, using simple graphics if you are currently beating your personal best on a course or not.
The Edge can be charged by using a micro USB cable connected to your PC. This is also the method used for transferring the data to GarminWorld.
I bought my Edge 200 from Amazon for £85 which was the cheapest I could find at the time. Other models in the series are the Edge 500, 510, 800, 810 and 1000. All these did appeal to me but when I weighed up the extra functionality and the price associated with it, I felt the Edge 200 represented the best value for money. I did wonder if I was wasting my money, seeing as I had the functionality already on my smartphone but I am pleased I made the purchase as I am now safe in the knowledge that my smartphone will have a full battery, should I need to make an emergency call while out on a ride.
If you are a keen but casual cyclist, I would thoroughly recommend buying the Garmin Edge 200 to accompany you on your next ride.
This amazing little device has helped me keep an accurate track of my mileage in such an easy way! I've been using my Garmin Edge 200 for a few weeks now, and I still can't believe how easy and useful it has become.
Setup was pretty simple. I took the GPS out of the box, and while it was charging, set up the mount on my bike. The instructions were a little light, so I had to pull up a video online to show me how to do it correctly. Once I figured it out, I had the mount on my bike in under a minute. It fit nicely on the stem of my road bike, and doesn't interfere with any function of the bike.
After the unit was charged up, I took my bike out for a spin to test the unit. The unit itself is very easy to setup. There are a few options you might want to customize, like turning auto-pause on and off and what speed you want it to stop at. Once I turned it on outdoors, it only took a few seconds before it picked up my signal and I was ready to go.
During the ride, the unit displays the time, distance, current speed, and average speed. This keeps me informed of the important information during my ride to make my workout more effective.
The GPS itself is very basic. It has 4 buttons, and all of them are multi-functional. They are large, easy to press, and very responsive. The buttons mainly control the 4 options on the home screen: Courses, ride, history, and settings. The courses option is something you can program into the GPS to race against previous rides to compare times. Ride is where you go to track your current ride. History brings up your previous ride information, and settings controls the couple of options inside the GPS.
Transferring data from the GPS to the computer is easy. It requires a GarminConnect account, usb cable, and internet connection. The GPS is recognized by a browser plug-in installed through Garmin, and all you have to do is transfer the rides you want, and it uploads them to your profile. From there, you can see how many rides you've done, your distances, and even the elevation gain during your ride. If you want, you can export the info via a .csv file, and analyze it in a program like excel.
The garmin edge 200 is the most basic unit in the edge series, but for me it works very well. It's small, easy to set up, does what I need it to do, and the least expensive. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase and will continue using this unit.
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