The Garmin Edge 800 bike computer has had quite a long reign as the champion of cycling GPS units. Prices go up and down a lot, so do check here first.
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You can buy the Edge 800 unit on its own, or as part of a bundle containing either mapping products, or performance monitoring hardware (a heart rate monitor and cadence sensor), or both. Since writing this post, the Edge 810 was launched which adds a few new features. However, please read this article first before deciding which to get. In April 2014, the Edge 1000 was announced, so you may also want to consider this option. Before committing to buying the Edge 800, you need to understand the various options available.
Basic Unit Only – no heart rate monitor, no cadence sensor, no additional mapping.
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Basic Unit Plus OS Discoverer Map – Sometimes called the “Trail Bundle”
GARMIN Edge 800 GPS Cycle Computer Trail Bundle This includes the traditional looking Ordnance Survey Map (not to be confused with the term “OSM” which stands for the free Open Source Maps, or Open Street Map). I like this map when I’m out walking on the hills and sometimes on the bike, particularly if I get lost. But for most riding situations where I’m following a course that I’ve downloaded, I prefer the City Navigator Maps.
Basic Unit plus Performance Monitoring (heart rate monitor plus cadence monitor)
Garmin Edge 800 Touchscreen GPS Bike Computer Performance Bundle This option is a great choice, as it includes the HR monitor and the Cadence monitor, which are very useful if you want to make full use of the Edge 800’s capabilities around recording your performance. You can always download free maps, so it makes sense to get the additional hardware instead. This item appeared on Amazon for the incredibly low price of just £209, early in 2014. They were snapped up very quickly. Don’t miss out when the price drops again – sign up to Garmin Pricewatch now.
Edge 800 plus performance monitoring plus City Navigator.
Garmin Edge 800 ‘Road Performance’ Bundle inc Micros SD City Navigator This is the ultimate bundle for road use, but obviously, because it includes all the performance monitoring kit AND the maps, it costs a little more. You can save a bit of money by using free OSM maps. Personally, I think the balance between clarity and detail is just about exactly perfect (for road use) with this map set.
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