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Why We Like The Edge 830 Bike Computer
Modern bike computers have fundamentally changed the way we ride. The ability to map, track, train, and interact have the ability to make riding easier, more effective, and potentially safer. The computer maestros at Garmin are at it again and its latest device, the Edge 830 Bike Computer, returns with some features we've loved in the past, along with some new ones that we're absolutely excited about using. With its impressive functionality and touchscreen operation, the Edge 830 is prepared to once again take the top step on the bike computer podium.
It performs all the basic computer functions—speed, trip time, trip distance, odometer—and the GPS and GLONASS compatibility keeps you located no matter where your ride takes you. It automatically uploads to Garmin Connect, syncs with smartphones for notifications, and through its myriad of available apps, can display information such as weather so you never miss a call or text or are surprised by changing conditions on your ride.
We love its touchscreen operation which is intuitive and doesn't leave us guessing what buttons do what when we are in a hypoxic state mid-interval. Equally cherished is its mapping function afforded by its preloaded Garmin Cycle Map that provides additional memory for adding more maps when needed. Its popularity routing, thanks to a huge database of rides that have been uploaded to Garmin Connect, even recommends the direction of travel based on how others ride it most. Furthermore, it provides on-device route creation, off-course recalculation, and can get you back to start if you have an emergency or mechanical.
When paired with ANT+ or Bluetooth sensors, the 830 provides dynamic performance monitoring insights on metrics such as your VO2 max, recommended recovery time, training load focus, heat and altitude acclimation, nutrition, hydration, and more. Additionally, it monitors gearing in other electronic shifting systems via ANT+ and pairs with ANT+ turbo trainers. It's also chock full of safety features including a new bike alarm, and returning ones like group messaging and tracking. So if the group takes a wrong turn or someone has a mechanical, if you're paired with GroupTrack, it's easy to regroup. It also receives assistance and compatibility with its Varia rearview radar and lights so you can see and be seen (when the device is paired with your compatible smartphone).
Final details include its WiFi connectivity allowing you to customize the 830 with free apps, widgets, and data fields from the Connect IQ Store. Its water resistance rating is an IPX7 meaning its more than enough should you get caught in a deluge or forget to take it off your bike that's on the roof rack in a thunderstorm. One area exceptionally impressive is its claimed 20-hour battery life and the ability to connect to the Garmin Charge power pack for up to 40 hours of additional battery life. Included with the computer is an Out-front mount, standard mount, USB cable, and manual.
- Garmin's latest with impressive functionality and customization
- Compiles ride info and metrics with touchscreen operation
- Integrated Garmin Cycle Map routing adds mapping and tracking
- Works with Varia rearview radar and lights so you can see and be seen
- Displays smartphone notifications and weather
- Wireless signals via Bluetooth, ANT+, and WiFi
- Dynamic performance monitoring provides biometric insight
- Claimed 20hrs battery life and compatible with Garmin Charge power pack for up to 40 hours of additional battery
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