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Garmin Edge 200 v. 500

Old 01-22-12, 10:31 AM
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Garmin Edge 200 v. 500

I'm just curious... what are some of the big differences between the Edge 200 and the Edge 500? This spring I'll be training around 5 to 6 days a week, nothing major. So far I think the Edge 200 sounds fine; is there any reason to splurge for the 500?
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Old 01-22-12, 10:32 AM
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if you are getting the 200, save money and just buy cateye w/cadence.
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The Edge 200 is not ANT+ compatible. You will not be able to use a heart rate strap or power meter with the Edge 200.
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Old 01-22-12, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by valleycyclist View Post
The Edge 200 is not ANT+ compatible. You will not be able to use a heart rate strap or power meter with the Edge 200.
I know that; I'm never going to be using a power meter.
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Originally Posted by homebrewk View Post
I know that; I'm never going to be using a power meter.
the 500 just does so much more. ANT+ is really nice.

heart rate, power meter (i know you said you won't use one but who knows), and speed/cadence sensor. no cadence without ant+ and a speed sensor is nice to have because if you're on the trainer (same with cadence) also sometimes the GPS speed isn't 100% accurate.
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The 200 doesn't have a speed sensor? (spoke magnet)
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Originally Posted by homebrewk View Post
The 200 doesn't have a speed sensor? (spoke magnet)
the 200 is GPS only. it does speed with gps. so it's useless on the trainer and although it's accurate 99% of the time on the road sometimes it's not. Also sometimes (rarely but it happens) you lose signal. like when you go through a tunnel or something.
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Looking the two up provides the info you need. In case you can't figure out the garmin site check the boxes of items you want to compare and press compare button.

http://www.widepr.com/press_release/...in_review.html

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=160

I have the 500 and wouldn't trade the options it offers for a cheaper price.................
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Old 01-22-12, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by homebrewk View Post
The 200 doesn't have a speed sensor? (spoke magnet)
I was in your shoes about 4 months ago. didn't know if it was worth it. After some research and asking around, I found that the 200 was all in all nothing better than my wireless cateye strata. The only difference between them was the garmin was GPS and could load up my ride afterwards. My Strata was $45, the edge 200 is $150 (I might be wrong on that, I dont remember exactly). to me it wasn't worth it. The extra money spent on the edge 500 ( I got mine for xmas though so I wasn't the one spending the money) has so many more options and I felt was 3x the unit than the edge 200. If your looking for a computer that you can use some basic info on, but never plan on using a powermeter or care about uploading your rides, I would save your money all together.
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Old 01-22-12, 11:15 AM
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Remember vector is coming this Spring. I will be adding that though I said I never would.
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Vector?
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pedal based power meter. Buy the edge 500 you won't regret.
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If you're serious about your training, you will want a device with power or at least heart rate monitoring. The Edge 200 is really for casual users only.
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Speed based on GPS isn't accurate.
Consider how a GPS is supposed to know your traveled distance, when it even has trouble knowing your altitude ... a slope is longer in distance than a flat road, although it looks like the same distance when calculated with coördinates.
Face it: if you want to know exactly how fast you go (and I do), you'll need a perfectly calibrated computer with spoke magnet.
Distance is also very inacurate with GPS ... on my clubrides several people have GPS devices like GPS triathlon sports watches and they all come up with different numbers for one and the same groupride whereas the spokemagnet devices seem much more consistent.
If you ever want heartrate readings, you'll want the 500 too.
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Alright. Edge 500 it is!
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Vector

At $1499 the Vector may not be for everyone.
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Originally Posted by CHAS View Post
At $1499 the Vector may not be for everyone.
tru dat, but I saved the cash for it.
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At $1499 the Vector may not be for everyone.
That is MSRP and initial launch price.
Wait a year or two and then we'll see
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I went a slightly different route with a Garmin Dakota 20. I had bunch of Worldpoints on my mastercard that I cashed in before they expired. The Dakota 20 is a great multi-tasker. Using the maps allows me to explore more than before on both my road and mountain bikes. This may be overkill for the pure roadies but this works for me.
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Originally Posted by homebrewk View Post
Alright. Edge 500 it is!
you won't be sorry.
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is there really a big difference between the 200 and some apps you can use on your android / iphones?
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is there really a big difference between the 200 and some apps you can use on your android / iphones?
Battery life + GPS accuracy + screen is always on
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had the same decision as well. Opted for the 500 (red bundle) due to the potential upgrades. I don't see myself tracking my power output, but you never know. Also matches the red/white/black scheme on my Wilier Izoard XP

Bought it on ebay for ~$319.
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Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
Battery life + GPS accuracy + screen is always on
why would the gps be better in the garmin than the phones? cant argue with the battery part but unless youre riding for 8 hours straight you should be ok, same thing with the screen you can just change the setting to keep it on
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Another drawback on the 200 is the lack of barometric altimeter.
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