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Set it and forget.
The Garmin Edge Touring is designed for the rider who cares less about heart rates than they do about where they’re headed. It’ll offer 17 hours of turn-by-turn navigation, but it’s not going to tell you how many beats per minute you’re up to on that climb.
You can search for a destination within the Edge Touring, without using a computer ahead of time. The microSD card is preloaded with bike-ready maps, and will route you through paths, back roads, and scenic detours if you tell it to do so. The display is a nice, large 1.4 x 2.2 inches, and it’s easy to see in almost any kind of light (or lack thereof).
Please note that the Edge Touring is not compatible with heart rate monitors or powermeters.
- 17 hour lithium-ion battery
- 1.4 x 2.2in screen
- Preloaded with bike-specific maps
- Item #GRM001E
- Q & A
Simple and Effective
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My Dad wants to bike across the US next year, so he picked one of these up recently. Here are his thoughts:
"I've only used it a few times, but so far I'm extremely happy with this model. It's very easy to use. I would highly recommend it."
From what I've gathered from our conversations, the Edge Touring gives him all of the functionality and ease-of-use that he's used to with his Garmin car GPS.
Getting used to it
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
It took me a while to figure out just what was the best way to use this thing for the type of riding that I do, but I have to say that now that I know it is pretty cool. I do a lot of remote off road riding in northern Mexico and I an impressed by how many of the "roads" and trails for that matter are actually recognized by the Garmin software. I can easily create courses and have them uploaded to the device from my computer and use these courses with the alarm function to keep me from getting seriously turned around. I don't really care about where all the dunkin donuts or Applebee's locations are, but when it comes to getting out in the boonies this thing is cool.
does the edge touring basic have % grade and temperature?
I had an edge 305 previously. It had all...
I had an edge 305 previously. It had all that i needed. Namely cadence, speed, elevation, grade and it plots the route i took "real-time" coz i can view it on the device while i ride. Especially when i am in the trail so i can backtrack my way home.
Can the touring do all these? Thanks
Do you know if the Garmin City Navigator...
Do you know if the Garmin City Navigator maps for Europe are "bike friendly"? In other words, would the Garmin Edge Touring keep you off major highways? I haven't bought the unit quite yet, but am pretty sure it is more or less what I am looking for.
Yes, This unit is designed to only take the rider on bike friendly roads and routes.
how well would this work in North Dakota?...
how well would this work in North Dakota? i live close to the Maah Dah Hey trail and want to know how accurate this would be out on the trail
GPS position accuracy is typically in the 15'-25' range, sometimes better. I'm not familiar with the area but I do see a trail labeled Maah Dah Hey in North Dakota on my Edge Touring along with others like Lone Tree Spring Loop Trail, Upper Paddock Creek Trail and Jones Creek Trail.
Does Garmin offer map downloads for European...
Does Garmin offer map downloads for European countries?
Wow, great question Chris!
Through research I've found that there is a Garmin Cycle Map for Europe on the microSD card, which is included in the Edge Touring package. All maps that are included on the microSD are bike specific.
We also have the Garmin MapSource City Navigator Europe NT and these only work with the Garmin Edge 800 and 810.
You should definitely take a look here:
I haven't bought a single map for my garmin. Downloading the free ones does require a little comfort on the computer ... but they work great and the price is right.
Oh... and FWIW, Ridewithgps.com seems to have the best turn by turn track files for Garmin. Better than Strava and MapMyRide.
I confirmed with Garmin product support that the Edge Touring comes with maps for the US and Canada only. European mapping is not included. If you're going to Europe you can purchase Garmin City Navigator Europe NT mapping.