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Old 07-06-11, 08:51 PM   #1
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Deciding between Garmin Edge 500 vs Edge 800

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I know this question has been asked before but I am going to ask it slightly different way. I want to get the Edge 800 but want to know if it can tell if a road is paved or gravel. I ride a lot of country roads and never know if my route is paved or gravel. Sometimes I will take a turn ride down 2km only to find I have to turn back because its a gravel road. If the Edge 800 could tell me a road is gravel when I am plotting out a route that would be amazing. If cannot I think I will opt for the Edge 500 as the mapping at that point will be useless to me.

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Old 07-06-11, 11:50 PM   #2
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My edge 800 shows highways as orange, and some gravel/side roads as patches of black and gray.
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mapping 800. don't care about mapping 500. end of discussion.
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In my experience, the mapping won't reliably distinguish between paved and dirt roads. There are a number of road segments around here that are dirt (still rideable on a road bike) but the Garmin map makes no distinction. This is with Garmin CityNavigator maps on a 705.
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Ride the gravel! One of the hottest items in the bicycling world are the gravel rides. Get yourself a little wider tire and have the best fun you've ever had.
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The reason they don't know the road type is because they buy the road data and it typically does not have the road type or condition included. It would be nice to see a community source data builder from Garmin.
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mapping 800. don't care about mapping 500. end of discussion.
researching my self here and i like these kind of answers pretty straight but another questions hows the accuracy with the bundle the hr monitor and cadence? any interference and or anything else of that sort?
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researching my self here and i like these kind of answers pretty straight but another questions hows the accuracy with the bundle the hr monitor and cadence? any interference and or anything else of that sort?
I've got an 800 with HR and Cadence and it works just fine. The only thing I MIGHT question is whether my HRM may sometimes read just a bit high. But I've got an older monitor that I got with a 705 three or so years ago. I think that the newer units, such as those bundled with the 800, have corrected that. Cadence works just fine.
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researching my self here and i like these kind of answers pretty straight but another questions hows the accuracy with the bundle the hr monitor and cadence? any interference and or anything else of that sort?
The only interference I've seen is when I start my HRM at the same time as another person and they start getting my data. It may have just been that he had older firmware on his 500. I have yet to see an 800 in action. I have the premium HRM and the cadence / speed sensor and never had issues with them. As I said, another person was getting my data and my 500 and sensors were working fine. I'm a Geographer and I can honestly say I'd love an 800 but I would probably never use the mapping function. I would use the virtual race / partner function though.
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