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The Power Of Location-Based Data
Anyone who has used Garmin's original Edge 205 or 305 already understands the power that attaching location data to traditional measurements like distance, speed, time, calories burned, and heart rate can provide. Knowing exactly where you worked hardest, rode fastest (or most slowly) lets you tailor your workouts to improve to improve your riding skills for specific distances, conditions, and types of terrain. It gives a complete picture of how you interact with every portion of your ride.
Altitude is recorded using a barometric altimeter for the Edge 705. This accurate altitude data makes it much easier for cyclists to match their altitude profile with their speed, cadence, and heart rate during post-ride analysis. The Edge 605 gives a somewhat less precise altitude measurement via the GPS positioning system itself.
A First-Rate Bike Computer
The Edge 605 automatically measures your speed, distance, time, calories burned and altitude. The 705 also track your heart rate, cadence, power (from optional ANT + Sport-enabled third-party power meters), climb and descent. Other nifty features include the following.
|The Edge 305 Screen (actual size) |
The larger color screen (actual size) on the Edge 605 and 705 shows you your surroundings more clearly and supports real turn-by-turn navigation.
Connectivity and "ANT + Sport"
One of Garmin's most ambitious decisions has been to approach fitness devices as a total platform with their "ANT + Sport" connectivity system. All of Garmin's new fitness devices, including the Edge 605 and 705, the Forerunner 50 heart rate monitor watches, will interface wirelessly with any devices that are compatible wiht the "ANT + Sport" protocol, including devices from other manufacturers. Currently, Garmin the devices will pair with power meter from SRM or Quarq to measure power – torque and cadence for each leg at the pedals – which is often cited as a true indicator of an efficient ride. It's unclear what other manufacturers will buy into the ANT + Sport platform, but this kind of open connectivity with products from other companies offers a great deal of potential flexibility.
The wireless function also makes it easy to connect one Edge unit to another to share rides, courses and workout data.
Heart Rate and Cadence Monitors
The Edge 705 heart rate monitor uses a robust wireless technology that eliminates cross-talk and interference and delivers real-time heart rate data exclusively to the user’s device. This data is stored with each track point for post-workout analysis. The Edge 705 with speed/cadence sensor incorporates a self-calibrating, wireless speed/cadence sensor that mounts to the rear chain stay of the bicycle.
Be Part of A Community
In 2007, Garmin acquired Motion-based, the largest shared repository of customer-generated gps-based routes, courses and maps. This was a significant move for Garmin to support the gps user community and bring a wealth of route options to gps users. With a simple connection to your computer, you can join a worldwide network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts through Garmin Connect our new, one-stop site for data analysis an sharing.
You can also upload to optional Garmin Training Center software for further analysis. Garmin Training Center stores large quanities of workout and ride data. Some of the things you can do are
What's In The Box
Edge 605 GPS-enabled cycling computer, bike mounts, AC charger, USB cable, owner's manual on CD-ROM, quick reference guide
I liked the 605 and it does everything I liked, but I do have some problems with it. One of the problems I have which I do agree with other viewers, is I do have to pay for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by LPL
Use the 605 mostly for mountain bike/ trail riding. Works well with street and topo maps. Has taken a beating and keeps on working flawlessly. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gregory Kopp
If you're not looking to spend insane amounts of money but you need maps on your bike GPS than the Edge 605 is the way to go. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eric
This is my second Garmin Edge that has deteriorated over a relatively short period of time. Occasional lockups became and more frequent, then data losses, and now it doesn't work... Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by Silvertone
The Garmin Edge 605 Bicycle GPS was given as a gift this past Christmas. As of now we have not used it, no biking in the snow. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Carl J. Klossner
From the first months I had my Garmin Edge 605 until now, almost three years later, it has repeatedly lost my valuable ride data. Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by John Zwinck
I have used by Garmin Edge-605 for 6 months. I love this device. It is an addiction. Fantastic!
Now the sad part: The handle bar mount is a poor design and breaks. Read more
I used my 605 for several years before selling it to a friend - who is still using it and is quite happy with it. (I wanted the 705 because it will talk to my PowerTap). Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by D. Pratt
As the title says. This is a great unit for the price. Presonally I have been using this for GPS for 1 month and I am very happy with it's performance and the simple it is to use... Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by xalos1