Bike GPS Review

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Why Road Bike GPS Unit?

There are several different reasons for a cycler to purchase a bike GPS. We have spoken with cyclers who purchased a road bike GPS, and here are some reasons for their purchase: to monitor their heart rate, to count calories they have burned, to chart their course, to compare personal stats and to compare stats with other cyclers. There are plenty of reasons you could want a cycling GPS unit, and the reason may be as individual as you are. For more information on this topic, check out our learning center for articles on biking GPS units.

Road Bike GPS Unit: What to Look For

You may already know what you want out of a bike GPS, but you may also be beginning your research right here. We have created a side-by-side matrix comparing the top cycling GPS units available today. Some of the top products include the Garmin Edge 705, Garmin Edge 800 and the Garmin 500. Through our research we found that the best cycling GPS units excel in each of the following areas:

Features
What will your cycling GPS do for you? Road bike GPS units offer several features, some of which include must-have maps and navigational features. Other important features include climbing data, descent data, calories, heart rate and cadence. While reviewing road bike GPS units we took into account the variety of features that each unit is capable of performing. We weighed the must-have features more heavily than some of the extra features; however, we did take each available feature into account. In addition to looking at the available functions and features, we took performance into account to ensure that each function delivers as promised.

Design
Each of the bike GPS units that were selected as the top 10 products in this area provide excellent design specs. Many, though not all, of the GPS units have color screens, a long-lasting battery life, a water-resistant exterior and a bike mount for your handlebars. For more information regarding the design specs of each unit, you can view the side-by-side bike GPS comparison for quick facts and read the reviews for more in-depth information on the pros and cons of each GPS option.

Ease of Use
When you are meeting your team for a ride or preparing for a solo ride, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time setting up your GPS unit. In our side-by-side comparison of cycling GPS units we provide each product with a score for ease of use. This score is determined by the amount of setup time, the intuitive design and the ease of navigating from one feature to another. We understand that although ease of use is an important aspect, many cyclers will spend extra time setting up their GPS if it delivers the features and data they need.

Help & Support
The help and support ranking is based on the manufacturer of each bike GPS unit. The manufacturer provides resources such as manuals, tutorials, user forums, updates, FAQs, customer support and customer service. We looked at the variety of resources available for each product as well as the quality of each resource to provide a help and support score. Well-designed and easy-to-understand resources, combined with excellent customer support lines, help create a product that cyclers feel confident using because they know they can receive help and support when they need it.

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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Edge 705 Edge 800 Edge 500 Earthmate PN-60 Edge 605 Earthmate PN-60w Edge 205 Earthmate PN-40
Edge 705 Edge 800 Edge 500 Earthmate PN-60 Edge 605 Earthmate PN-60w Edge 205 Earthmate PN-40
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Features
Speed Analysis
Distance
Time
Calories
 
 
 
Altitude
Climb
Descent
Barometric Altimeter
 
 
Heart Rate Monitor
   
 
Cadence
   
 
Maps
 
 
Turn by Turn Navigation
 
 
Temperature  
     
Design
Screen Size 1.37"x1.71" 2.6" 1.17"x1.44" 2.2" 2.2" 2.2" 1.17"x1.44" 2.2"
Battery Life 15 hours 15 hours 18 hours 15 hours 15 hours 15 hours 12 hours 8 hours
Water Resistant
Bike Mount Included
Sold Separately
Sold Separately
Sold Separately
Batteries rechargeable li-polymer rechargeable lithium-ion rechargeable lithium-ion 2 Alkaline AA Batteries rechargeable li-polymer 2 AA Alkaline Batteries rechargeable lithium-ion 2 Alkaline AA Batteries
Weight 3.7 oz. 3.5 oz. 2 oz. 7 oz. 3.7 oz. 7 oz. 3.1 oz. 7 oz.
Color Display
 
 
Memory Card microSD microSD   SD microSD SD   SD
Touch Screen Interface  
      
Help & Support
Email Support
Phone Support
User's Manual
FAQs/Knowledgebase
Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Tutorials         
OS Compatibility
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Mac OSX