Garmin Edge 205 GPS-Enabled Cycling Computer
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- Monitor Emphasizes Form Factor, Feature Set & GPS Sensitivity
- Includes Highly Sensitive GPS Receiver For Accurate Data
- Sirf-Stariii Receiver For Great Reception In Challenging Conditions
- Lightweight & Waterproof
- Monitors Vertical Profiles, Climb & Descent, Altitude, Speed, Distance & Time
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Take your ride to the next level with the Edge 205 Garmins GPS-enabled personal trainer and cycle computer. Perfect for touring and the trails, the lightweight Edge is the ultimate fitness partner. With the easy-to-use Edge 205 on your bike, you always know where you are going and how far you have gone. The Edge 205 measures speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent, plus much more. 205 features include: Easy-to-install - no calibration required. Just snap it in the included bike mount and go High-sensitivity GPS receiver knows your position even in tree cover and canyons, making it extremely reliable for navigation Customizable cycle computer shows up to eight different data fields for continuous feedback Virtual Partner lets you race a virtual competitor, making training fun Courses lets you race against a recorded course to try to match previously set speeds at every point along the way Auto Pause pauses the training timer when you slow down below a specified speed and resumes when you speed up again so you can focus on your ride Auto Lap automatically triggers a lap every time you pass a specified location or travel a preset distance Training Center software gives you the ability to create workouts, manage and download courses, and create a detailed post-ride analysis that charts your performance With its waterproof, sleek design, the Edge is the perfect companion on any bike, and attaches to either the stem or handlebars. Its rugged case frames an easy-to-read, large, backlit display that can show up to eight different data fields along with altitude and a map view. Included Training Center software gives you the ability to overlay your ride data onto a course map. It offers interactive analysis tools that measure your speed, distance, climb, and descent against varying terrain, elevation and more. Create and schedule custom workouts or use workout templates and download to the Edge. Cyclists: get your Edge from Garmin
Amazon.com Product Description Whether you're prepping for your next ride or just want a more accurate way to measure your performance on the trails, the Garmin Edge 205 GPS-enabled Personal Trainer and Cycle Computer can help. The Edge 205 is easy to use, requires no calibration, and features customizable screens and data fields to meet your needs. Measuring speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb, descent, and more, the Edge 205 will help you to always know where you are and how far you've gone.
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The included PC-based Training Center software gives you the tools to create workouts, manage and download courses, and create a detailed post-ride analysis that charts your performance and measures your speed, distance, climb, descent, and heart-rate data against varying terrain, elevation, and other conditions. And with the Edge 205's built-in USB interface, uploading and downloading information is simple and fast.
The virtual partner screen depicts a digital cyclist (representing your desired speed) in relation to your real-time speed. From this set of data the icons will show how far ahead or behind you are from your digital competitor. The Courses feature allows you to race against a recorded course to try and match previously set speeds at every point along the way. By combining the Virtual Partner and Courses features, you can race an opponent who varies speeds while climbing hills and navigating turns.
Training in urban areas can be tricky, and traffic congestion can skew training data. To help remedy this problem, Garmin has included an auto-pause function that pauses the training timer when you slow down below a specified speed and resumes when you speed up again so you can focus on your ride, not on data collection. And with the auto lap function, this smart little device automatically triggers a lap every time you pass a specified location or travel a preset distance.
With its sleek, waterproof design (the Edge 205 meets IEC 60529 IPX7 standards, which means that its components can be submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes), the Edge 205 is the perfect companion for any bike, and it can attach to either the stem or handlebars. This lightweight device (88 grams) is powered by an 800mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery and delivers an average of 12 hours of use per charge. The rugged case frames an easy-to-read, large, backlit display that makes it a breeze to view the data fields. So whether you're racing against your virtual partner, fighting to shave precious seconds off your old record, or training for the next big race, the Edge 205 is there to help monitor your progress and make you a better cyclist.
What's in the Box
Edge 205, bike mount, Training Center CD, A/C charger, USB PC interface, quick reference guide, and owner's manual.
Top customer reviews
THE GOOD - Altho' an entry level device I think it's decent value for money. I bought it specifically to map mtn bike routes on forest land in the Sierra. The area I ride is remote and unsigned and local knowledge is scarce. So recording my rides then uploading onto a terrain maps is great way to build an information base and for sharing w/ other riders. The additional stats on elevation, duration, waypoints recorded etc. are very useful. I'm not a racer and not concerned about times, laps etc. However other riders may appreciate these training features.
THE BAD - Garmins software altho' easy to use is pretty rudimentary. The graph and stats are ok but the map is just awful. No detail whatsoever. There are third party sites where you can upload, save and share your maps and garmin does in fact link to one of them. However, it shouldn't be that difficult. It takes too many steps right now and Garmin should address this.
The mount is kind of insubstantial. So far it holds the unit firmly but that little projecting release tab is just waiting to get snapped off by a loose jersey sleeve. I had no trouble tightening it (brute force and pliers) but Garmin needs to design a better mount.
Overall a good product that's quite easy to use and at a decent price.
The speed given by the unit is dead-on. There is no variation from my wired speed sensor. The elevation reported, while it does tend to fluctuate a bit (as most any GPS system will report), is very good. The elevation map it draws is quite accurate. When it says you are going up a 10% grade, you will most certainly feel it!
And, to address a point raised by another review, it does in fact have a function to tell you the latitude and longitude of any point you wish. While it can't display the constantly changing coordinates like some other GPS units, this is not its primary function. Its primary function is to give you pertinent information about your ride, and it does that very well.
The included Training Center software is a bit utilitarian, but is pretty intuitive and simple to use. One problem with the software is that it insists on installing itself into a "Garmin" folder in your root directory, even when told to use another folder. I have contacted Garmin about this. The other only real shortcoming of the software is that it does not include a very detailed base map. Not only that, but the included map does not show every curve in the road -- roads are represented by straight line segments, even when the road exhibits a gentle curve.
But as a bike computer, this unit is top notch. Virtually every piece of information that you wish to show can be shown. Its flexibility in presenting only the information you want is remarkable.
All in all, I would recommend this unit to anyone, even the casual rider. Its ability to document virtually every detail of every ride is amazing. It is difficult to imagine anyone being disappointed with the Garmin Edge 205.
The only weakness is the battery life. It can only go about 8 hours between recharges. It does recharge pretty quickly, however, it does need AC. I tried a external battery recharger but it sucked 2 AA batteries dry without getting a full recharge.
It does recharge from a PC USB port as well as AC, so it is convenient to recharge at home, but not so good for tours and multi-day trips.
I have had mine for over 2 years now and it has functioned almost flawlessly.
The Garmin Training Center software for uploading and reviewing the rides is kinda basic especially for maps. However, it does provide exports to a number of other websites for conversions and mapping. You can export to Google and see your ride in the satelite view. Nice for planning future route extensions.
It can provide some limited course routing as well. The return home feature works nicely for going back along the route you went out on. You can also load a follow a predefined course. The display is pretty basic for these features, but they do work.