Remember when you got your first car sat nav, and you could set your Home location, so that no matter where you were, you could always get it to navigate you back home? Read on to find out how your Garmin Edge 800 can do the same thing.
Here’s a simple step by step guide to setting the HOME location on your Garmin bike computer.
Before you start, make sure you’re actually at home (or the location you want to define), and ensure the GPS unit has a good signal so that it’s displaying your location accurately on the map.
All set? OK, here we go.
1. View the map, and click on the central arrow buttons, as highlighted in red below.
2. Next, tap on the blue triangle, which represents your current location.
3. Choose to Save and Edit.
4. Tap the “Change Name” option at the top.
5. Rename the location. Something like “Home” would be appropriate. Click the green tick so save and finish editing.
6. This is optional, but you can also choose to “Change Symbol” and apply a nice little house icon.
7. Your new location “Home” will now appear on the map, all the time.
How to instruct the Garmin to plot a route “home” from anywhere.
Now that you’ve got a location marker mapped to your actual home, you can access it at any time, from anywhere, and tell the Garmin to calculate a route back home and provide turn by turn directions to help you get there.
There are 3 simple steps to this part.
1. From the main menu screen, choose Where To?
2. Choose Locations
3. Choose Home.
This is really useful if you ever find yourself lost, or perhaps if you’re feeling tired and just need to find the shortest route home. Of course, beware that the shortest route may also be the hilliest. The Garmin Edge 800 does not offer variations on the route according to any preference for hills, or lack of.
In terms of effective course navigation on the Edge 800 generally, you may want to check out my Foolproof guide to course navigation, as it contains what I regard to be the optimum settings for road cycling.
The maps shown in the screenshots above are from the Garmin City Navigator UK/Ireland. This is my personal favourite for road bike use on the Edge 800, as it’s the perfect balance between detail and clarity.