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Garmin Edge Explore Bike Computer

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Edge Explore Bike Computer

With the Edge Explore Bike Computer from Garmin, you can get ready to do just that, explore, by utilizing the functionality of its renowned cycling computers with refinements for the cyclist looking to do some touring or just checking out some new routes. It's chocked full of features so you can chart out rides, pair with Garmin cycling awareness devices, and stay connected, as well as tracking distance, speed, time, and the like. Think of it as the ideal cycling partner that doubles as a tour guide that always knows the right route to take.

Of course, more and more cyclists are using Strava to compare efforts and see where they stack up among others in the cycling community. Garmin Connect does a pretty good job, however, the real K/QOM segments live on Strava and the Explore lets you add apps such as Strava, letting you easily upload your efforts and check the results from the saddle of your bike. Heading out under ominous skies and want to check the weather quickly without taking off your gloves or wiping the raindrops off the touchscreen? Have the Accuweather app handy and you'll be prepared, and if you do get rained on, the IPX7 rating means the Explore can handle it, no problem. On a bike tour and need to quickly find a hotel for the night or a good place to eat? Have the Yelp app ready and your Garmin Explore will navigate you directly to the front door.

We've never been more aware of cycling safety than now. More and more motorists are distracted and even with all of the high visibility clothing and daytime running lights, cyclists must always be on guard. The Edge Explore is fully compatible with Garmin's Varia cycling awareness devices including its smart bike lights and rearview radar that notifies you of approaching cars as well as alerting riders. And if something does happen, when paired with a compatible smartphone, fellow riders and loved ones can note your location with LiveTrack and GroupTrack and send messages to one another. Additionally, the computer features a built-in incident detector that can notify up to 3 contacts if an emergency occurs.

Perhaps the most important functionality with the Explore is its mapping ability. It comes preloaded with Garmin Cycle Maps so you can upload a ride with turn-by-turn navigation and the GPS keeps you located no matter where your ride takes you on pavement, dirt, and gravel. It also uses Trendline popularity routing, drawing from over a billion miles of uploaded data from cyclist to find routes most-travel by riders making it ideal if you're trying to figure out a ride and your out of town.

  • A cycling computer to stay connected and plot routes
  • Compatible with apps you can use throughout the ride
  • Comes preloaded with maps for navigating unfamiliar routes
  • Also registers speed, time, and distance
  • Works with Varia cycling awareness devises for safer cycling
  • Utilizes LiveTrack and GroupTrack to locate one another
  • Uploads to Garmin Connect to analyze rides
  • Displays smartphone and app notifications on the screen
  • Item #GRM009Q

Battery Type
rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery Life
up to 12 hours
Low Battery Indicator
Mount Type
mounting hardware, microUSB cable, instructions
105 x 55 x 22mm
Claimed Weight
4.1oz (116g)
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 1

hate this thing

I've put it through the wringer

I hate this device. It's so un-intuitive and glitchy I feel like I'm using an office copier from 2007. Practically every time I use it, there's some new weird problem that I need to google. The official Garmin troubleshooting stuff is poorly written so I rely on reddit mostly. It keeps forgetting my battery-save settings, so it dies around mile 75 (much sooner if I have the gall to load another course or go off course). For a while I couldn't turn it off at the end of rides (it literally refused to turn off) and it would chirp at me until the battery died. Etc. Today my computer's suddenly not recognizing the garmin. So I'm loading routes by downloading them on my computer, uploading them to Garmin Connect on my computer, opening Connect on my phone, and sending them from the phone to the garmin. Positives? The display looks OK (but not when it's sunny, and I'm too worried about the battery to try to improve it). The mount... mounts.

>Rating: 4

Everything I needed!

I've used it several times
True to size

Mapping downloads from RWGPS - check Big navigation screen - check Easy synch with devices to view rides - check I am a simple man - but this does these basic functions very well and I am pleased.


Is this computer compatible with I-Phone?

Yes, this is compatible with an iPhone using Garmin connect app form the iTunes store.


Does the Garmin Edge have the ability to display cadence? If so, what hardware do I need to make that happen?

The Edge Explore does use ANT+ so you can connect a cadence sensor to it. You'd want Garmin's Bike Cadence Sensor (item GRM003G).