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Old 12-31-06, 11:13 AM
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Garmin Edge 205 or 305 GPS for bicycling

Hello,

I would like to if anyone has used the Garmin Edge 205 or 305 GPS for bicycling? I have heard some mixed reviews on the GPS not working all the time. Although, I think the concept of monitoring your heart rate, mapping, and graphing your cardiovascular workout sounds very appealing.

Are there other devices that have this type of capability that is cheaper?

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Old 12-31-06, 01:06 PM
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Neither the 205 or 305 has mapping. This GPS is meant for fitness only, it is really not meant for navigation.


A mapping GPS will probably be more expensive than the 305.
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Old 12-31-06, 04:24 PM
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Spinnaker is correct. The garmin 205 / 305 will map your course but is difficult to use for naviagation while out riding. Once you bring the unit home and plug it in, the course you rode is combined with a map of the area on your computer.

I've owned one for almost a year and it works pretty well. Under very heavy tree cover, you may get a less precise GPS signal but for road riding, it's spot on. Another good place to read opinions is over at the forums on motionbased.com. Lots of good information and the information is all related to Garmin Edges. Just remember that forums tend to accumulate posts pertaining to problems faster than posts sing praises...

http://forums.motionbased.com/smf/index.php?board=55.0
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Hey guys,

I received a Garmin Edge 305 CAD/HR as a gift--as far as I know one of the highest-end cyclocomputers you can buy. While this would probably be a fantastic gift for many cyclists, it is far more than I need right now. Although my current cyclocomputer costs less than a tenth of what the Edge did, I am/was happy with it. The things I like about the Edge are the cadence sensing and the potential fun provided by setting waypoints and seeing the distances and elevation differences between them. The Edge is fairly useless for navigation, though, and, as a recreational/utility cyclist who hopes to be a commuter someday, I have very little desire for fitness and heart rate tracking (though HR would occasionally be interesting). I also dislike the idea of having to charge it fairly often or worry about its charge state. Finally, I cannot use the bundled software on my Win 98 machine, AFAIK.

...but, who knows what the future will hold. I'm worried that I'll regret selling it (at an inevitable loss) a couple years down the line. On the other hand, I could really use that money for panniers and potentially lights, maintenance and/or other accessories. So, are there any reasons you think I should keep it?

Thanks!
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I have the 205 and really like it. While I'm on the bike it's just a basic speedometer, but you can customize the screen with lots of options. For me the fun of having it is downloading the info after the ride and seeing maps of the terrain and what my speed was at a given point. It also works with Google Earth so you can see fairly detailed photos of where you rode. And for me it works well at night since you can keep the backlight on for the whole ride. It's not really a serious training tool for me, more of a fun toy that's also a basic odometer/speedometer.
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Old 01-04-07, 09:04 PM
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I have a 205 and really like it. I don't have HR on it and wish I did. I am sure they will have a new version someday and I will upgrade....

I like the clean install....never had a reception problem....hate charging the thing...like the screen options and I have used the bread crumb function to find a quick way back home more than a few times....
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How does the speedometer work? Is there a magnet & sensor like a standard computer or does the time it takes between nav. points determine the speed so it is from the satelliteas you travel between the points?

I am planning on buying the 305 at some point but would like to know more about it.
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Old 01-04-07, 10:46 PM
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The Edge 305 gets its speed and distance data via gps AND a wheel sensor (if you have the cadence sensor).

I have had mine since about April of '06. I like it. It's fun and useful.

Do a search of the forums. You will find several threads that review the Edge.
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Old 01-05-07, 04:47 PM
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I've had the 305 with HR/Cadence and so far like it. Only gripe is the unit does not have a programable odometer, which seems kinda basic. Hopefully Garmin will fix that in a future software upgrade.
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Thanks for the info

Thanks everyone for the info!
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Originally Posted by BetweenRides
I've had the 305 with HR/Cadence and so far like it. Only gripe is the unit does not have a programable odometer, which seems kinda basic. Hopefully Garmin will fix that in a future software upgrade.
You'd think something that simple would be one of the options for your screen configuration. I just click on History and totals to get my total mileage for the life of the bike. I use it on two different bikes, but sometimes forget to choose Bike 2 for my other bike. So my mileage total is kind of off.
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Well thankfully I still know how to use a bike log and a pencil to keep track of my bike miles. The only problem with history is it eventually fills up, and it doesn't take into account the bike miles before I got the Garmin. I can live with this issue, the rest of the features/functions are great.
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