as requested in the "my garmin has shipped" thread... i've started one that is for reviews from those of us who have received them.. to make it easier for people to find information! (i purchased our edges from getfeetwet.com using the reseller coupon.... i got NO BS from these guys... it shipped WHEN they said they would ship... actually earlier than they predicted! i also got a 2nd year of extended warranty for free thanx to their 7th anniversary special! their extra cadence sensors and bike mounts are on backorder... but if i get antsy waiting.. i'll just order from somewhere else!)
my immediate response if you ask me "what do you think?" I LOVE IT!
my UPS guy FINALLY brought it friday afternoon.... after scolding him for being so late... i hugged him and thanked him!
i immediately opened both boxes and plugged them in to get them all charged up.... then i looked through the boxes to make sure everything was there! yep... cadence *check* (with a note on the bag saying to turn over the batter!), heart rate strap *check* (however they need to come up with sizes... mine is almost all they as small as it can go.. when that elastic stretches... it won't ge a snug fit anymore )
instruction book *check*.... quick set up guide *check*.... magnets *check*....
sooooooooooooooo we get home from work and hubby proceeds to put my cadence meter on my bike... as expected... since i not only have a small bike.. my chainstays curve in... so my cadence "arm" had to stick up (it's just asking to break off) so that is a negative for me.... it's not just the magnet... with the arm "down" even without the magnet.. it hits my spokes!
while he's setting up his bike (his bike, even with curved chain stays, allows the "arm" to be down") i played with the edge getting it set up... picking my views... inputting information, etc.... finally it's time for a test ride... it was getting dark by then.. so we just went around the block.. just enough to make sure it's working.....
got back... downloaded the info to both training center and motionbased (how COOL motion based is!) i have a garmin map program on my computer.. so i didn't have to do that registry fix... it automatically used my metro city (or whatever it's called) to show the map in training center)
played around some more with the views.. (i LOVE that you can have so much information right there at a glance and 8 more pieces of information with the push of a button!)
i left the edge plugged into the usb until it was time to go to bed.. it said "fully charged" so i unplugged it and set it aside til morning... got to palm springs the next morning.. turned on the edge and one bar was missing from the battery indicator.. UH OH! ok.. don't panic.. it will be ok....
i take off.. the first major test.. the windmills area and power lines... last year my polar 720 went CRAZY along that stretch.. the edge? not a wimper.. it just kept going... beautiful!
however.. as i rode along.. the battery kept going down... and down.... and down.... about 3 hours into the ride... it's almost all white... oh no! ok... don't panic (as aside here... i've always used my HRM as a form of "entertainment" when i'm on a century... i'll count calories with it... or check how far til the next sag.... watch cadence.. etc.... it's a silly way to keep entertained out there! so was freaking that i wasn't going to have that for what was looking like at least 1/2 the ride! no gauge til the next rest stop.. no gauge to the end! *gasp*)
well fortunately.. that never panned out.... the battery did last all the way til then end.. even with starting out with one bar missing already...
another thing i noticed right away... the garmin odometer was dead on with the mileage on the route sheet! the polar would always get off depending on high wires, etc... the garmin remained true all the way to the end!
the calorie counter seemed on par with the polar... (not sure if either is accurate.. but they were both close)
post ride downloading... WOW! i LOVE motion based!
as soon as you hook the edge to the computer.. it opens training center and in a couple beeps.. it's downloaded! with the polar it always took a few minutes.. especially with a century!
uploading to motionbased took a few seconds longer.. but i think it retrieves more info.. and it's still quicker than the polar!
it is so cool seeing the map of where you rode (whether in training center or motionbased)... "flying" around the mad at MB is too cool!
yesterday i took my second ride with the edge... i plugged it into the wall overnight.. and in the morning.. the battery was full.. no missing bars... took off for a fun ride... up and down streets... areas i hadn't ridden in for a while.. just a fun recovery ride.. more to "play" with the edge than worry about speed... just spinning the legs... i checked out the map page... cute (but no streets.. however.. it's too danged small to show much even if it did show streets)... i realized i had duplicates showing so played around with changing those.. i like that you can change the settings "on the fly"..... i rode for a little over an hour and a half yesterday and the battery indicator never lost a bar....
today i'm going to read about the training partner... i want to do one of the local hills and set it up to be able to ride with my virtual partner.. so i'll have to come back to tell you how that works!
provided the battery will last long enough for me to ride a double metric or hilly century... i'm gonna love this thing! it's been mentioned at MB to get a battery pack charger... i may just do that.. cuz the edge has too many positives for me to want to give it up and go back to the polar!
if i think of anything i forgot.. i'll add it as i think of it.. and i hope you other edge users will add your reviews, thoughts, ideas, opinions!