Many of my cycling buddies tell me how great their Garmins are and I just didn’t “get it” but, after having to neuter my iPhone to get through a day’s riding, I decided that it was time to take the plunge. Actually, there were a few reasons…
Increasingly, I live by the stats. If it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen. And I want to work on my cadence and on training in particular heart rate zones. I can use a dongle to get ANT+ connectivity on an iPhone, but I decided to buy a dedicated cycle computer instead.
Secondly, my wife worries when I’m out and about on my bike. Some of the recent Garmin cycle computers have a connected features like live tracking, using a Bluetooth-connected phone with the Garmin Connect app (iOS or Android, not Windows) and, after watching this video (yes, I’m a sucker for marketing), I thought that it might be just the thing to give her the peace of mind from knowing where I am (Find my iPhone was just a little too much of a pain with a complex password set on my Apple account):
There are some good deals around on the Garmin Edge 800 at the moment but that doesn’t have the connected features found in the 510, 810, and the new 1000.
Finally, I decided that, as my distances increase, riding in unfamiliar places means a map can be useful. Whereas in the car I have a £9.99 map-book and a good sense of direction, the time had come to get myself a sat-nav for the bike.
New toy to monitor my rides (my kids were most impressed to see me raiding my piggy bank) pic.twitter.com/CexEX9gtwY
— Mark Wilson (@markwilsonit) June 27, 2014