TheÂ Garmin Edge 200 is a superb device, its takes about 20 seconds to fit, finds a satellite connection really fast and does everything you would want from a cycle computer.
In the box there is a variety of rubber fittings that allow you to fix the mounting bracket to various sized frames. This simple but effective mounting allows for a quick quarter turn of the the unit to secure it in place, also included is the usual array of manuals in various languages, a USB cable and a wall charger.
Once you have a few miles behind you it worth connecting the device to your computer and syncing the data with Â Garmin Connectâ„¢, although I did have a bit of a hassle installing various drivers, updates and other Garmin software to get it up and running. Once its installed, its easy to retrieve your data, build courses and review your performance. Â Although the unit is not a dedicated navigation device, there is a simple arrow navigation that can be setup in a variety of ways.
First you could use a previous route recorded by the unit or you can log on toÂ Garmin Connectâ„¢, build a course using either Bing or Google maps and then downloading the route to the device. Â When your ready to roll (sorry had to squeeze than in ) Â just select the course from the menu and you are presented with a simple arrow that lets you know which way to turn; the unit does warn you if you manage to go of course.Â Other features include sharing your activities on social networks and with otherÂ Garmin Connectâ„¢ users.
The Edge 200 battery has so far performed really well with a good weeks use over 50’ish miles with some juice still left. Â Charging is easy and can done either by the supplied adapter or via your PC or laptop USB port.
As you would expect for any other device in this price range it also tracks the usual metrics such as speed (Errr Really), distance covered,Â location, time, laps and elevation;Â Elevation is handy to know when you friends wonder how on earth it took you an hour to ride 4 miles, well I’m sorry but 4 miles up hill is a mission! Navigation is easy via the simple menu and the screen is backlit for when your out at night. Â There is a variety of warning messages you can switch on and off such as each time you reach a mile or burn so many calories, all in all some very nice little touches that all add up to what we consider to be great value for money.
Expect to pay around Â£90.00 for this little gem and we confident in saying you will not be disappointed.
The only thing we could ask of Garmin would be a WindowsPhone app, PLEASE!!!!
- Compact, light , high-sensitivity GPS cycle computer
- Tracks your, distance,Â time, speed, location and the number of calories burned
- Set alerts for distance, time or calories
- Includes â€˜Coursesâ€™ feature – lets you challenge your times on previous rides and other Garmin users
- Compatible with Garmin Connectâ„¢, a virtual training community where you can review your rides