Adds a lot to the cycling Fun Factor
I have a mountain bike with a wired computer and could never remember all the combinations of button pushes to change/clear functions and readings. Sound familiar? It was really annoying and I'm pretty tech savvy otherwise.
After shopping for a second computer for a road bike, I bought this Garmin unit. I have not been disappointed.
It comes with 2 mounts and is easily moved from bike to bike, snappping into the mount with a quarter turn. I put the mount(s) on the handlebar stem of each bike and the screeen is easy to read, but you could also mount it horizontally on the handlebars. The mount is held on with 2 thick rubber o-rings and seems well designed and (I hate this word) robust.
The menu is straight forward and simple to scroll through. The clock is only available on the home screen so if you want the time of day, you need scroll back. No big deal, and the unit is easily removed from the mount to scroll menus/readings instead of poking at buttons and trying to read a handlebar mounted wired unit.
The built in lithium-ion battery seems to last forever. I thought the confirmation beeps were a bit loud at first, but after using the unit for a while they're about the right volume. I have it set so whenever I stop it pauses and lets me know with a beep, then another when I start rolling again.
Occasionally it is slow to aquire the satellite but once it does it is locked on. Downloading your data to Garmin's site (free) shows all the data a wired unit does, only it's on your computer and you can share it with other riders. The graphs (speed, elevation) are nice, map of your route, breakdown of laps (or legs), calories expended and altitude gain/loss are in addition to the data you'd get from a wired computer. This unit does not measure cadence or heart rate. It has 2 odometers and Garmin says it will hold at least 130 hours of ride data before a memory full message appears. I usually download the data after every ride to compare it to past rides but you can compare rides from the memory too.
This Garmin is a little on the pricey side but I highly recommend it, the portability and data downloading put it way above the alternatives.
It definitely adds a lot to cycling's fun factor.
Excellent Addition to Training
First time use of a GPS-enabled cyclocomputer, don't think I can go back to the old wired versions!
PROS: Simple to set up out of the box
- Comes with two bike stem/handlebar mounts
- Two diameters of what can be described as bomb-proof elastic bands (to attach bike mount)
- Wall plug and USB cord to charge head unti; also charges off computer when uploading
PROS: Cycling usage
- Auto Start is always great to have; make sure you stop recording when your ride is done or it will auto start again
- User-set threshold Auto Pause speed: adjust the cut off speed for when you hit traffic lights instead of jamming to a hard stop to keep your Average Speed as true as possible
- For a fitness rider, it is nice to have total time, accumulated ascent/descent, average speed and max speed but what butter creams the cupcake:
- Garmin Connect where you can store a course and really geek out on the data. Even without a built-in HR monitor, you can add HR data into the Garmin Connect site. You can overlay your speed on a Google or Bing map and see your pace.
UNDER TEST PHASE: Running usage
- Still testing it out for running, but is quite useful to map a course and record time. Will update as I add more data
- Not sure how accurate it is for a slower moving sport (for me); says I maxed out at 9.5mph and I know I cannot run that fast!
- Highly recommended for someone interested in trying out GPS-enabled cyclocomputers. At this price point, you have the ability to switch it to at least one other bike, get to jump on the GPS bandwagon, and most importantly, gain lots of useful data that can be viewed from any computer.
- If you already have a HR monitor from other sports, it is easy to integrate that data onto the Garmin Connect site. (I still use a Polar M21 from 2003 for HR monitoring and didn't want to spend the few hundred more to get the Edge 500)
Great for logging miles?
This product is a great GPS unit for the price... However it doesn't really do anything an iPhone with the strava app doesn't do... The higher priced units (edge 500, edge 705, edge 800) use a barometric altimeter to determine altitude, giving a more accurate on-the-bike reading. iPhone can't do that. The good thing, is that Strava and Garminconnect both correct your computer's often innacurate elevation readings, by checking your coordinates to actual hand-surveyed maps from the USGS, whether your Garmin has a Barometric Altimeter or not.
This is a great tool for logging miles, as it does not do much else (i.e. heart rate, cadence and power). If you are looking for a very accurate cyclometer that doesn't need a rollout or wheel size calibration, this is for you. It does everything a nice cateye or sigma does, and is way more accurate. It also is usable with miles-tracking, stat-keeping, and segment ranking websites, which is fun.
The other thing that keeps me from giving this a 5 star rating is, well, two things... first is that you can't customize your screen to have an autoscroll and have, say, speed, time, and time of day on the first screen, and have elevation gain/lost, average speed, and direction or whatever on the second screen, and the lack of available metrics that you can see on the bike, like grade, temperature, et cetera.
I will say, it's easier to use than the 500 for a stone cold newbie. The satellite syncs up really fast compared to the 500, 705, and 800, and you just press "start." Navigating menus, screens, et cetera is a lot easier on this device than the 500, especially, which multitasks buttons and can be a little irritating sometimes.
I ended up returning mine for an edge 500, so I could see my HR, and get that accurate(ish) elevation reading on the bike. Still a great product, just not perfect for me.
I bought this to replace the Forerunner 405 which I was very unhappy with. Yes, it had more toys on it, but I really didn't use them and for the basics it was slow, unreliable and generally a pain to use. Read a lot of reviews on the Edge 200 and decided to try it. I've used it almost daily for rides as short as a couple of miles or as long as 70 miles. I LOVE IT. It's ready to go as soon as I turn it on. No delays searching for satalites, no fuss, no muss. The battery lasts all day and then some with no need to turn off the GPS when I stop for lunch in order to save power. I've been using it nearly a full month and I've been caught in several thunderstorms and heavy rains. No problem. I haven't had to delete any of the workouts because of storage issues - and so far that adds up to around 900 miles worth of data. It gives me all the basic information and it's easy to use. What appears to be just cheap rubber O-rings attaching it to the bike have proven to be sturdy and reliable. It's never popped off or come loose no matter what road/trail conditions I've riden on. If I stop and don't want to leave it on the bike it requires just a 90 degree turn to remove it from the holder and I can drop it in my pocket. Love it, love it, love it. Haven't had a single problem with it and highly recommend it.
I Love It!
- No magnets, no wires, incredibly easy to install on the bike, great manual that makes it super easy to learn and operate all the functions in a flash. Accuracy is spot on.
- Everything works precisely as advertised, including charging it, and Garmin Connect.
- I really like the Garmin Connect capability. After a long ride, it's cool to dissect all the data, graphics, and maps. You can also download a ride back onto the Edge as a "course", then you can ride the same course and compete digitally against your last ride while on the fly.
- I'm a fitness rider in Northern Virginia, exclusively on bike/running trails and not hampered by forest canopy etc. So satellite NEVER drops synch. In fact it's so good, it even accesses it from many spots inside my house.
- Those bike trails here cross lots of intersections, icluding huge ones controlled by traffic lights. For that reason, the feature I absolutely love the most is the auto pause. When you stop, all the timing functions pause automatically and resume automatically when the device detects movement. You can be brain dead late in a ride, and it will take care of it for you without you having to remember to push buttons. Then later on Garmin Connect, your time is displayed in different ways, e.g., total elapsed time, moving time, etc.
- For those that want other features such as cadence, heart rate etc -- you can move up the Edge line to get those (and move up in price). For me, this little beauty is perfect.
Bicycle Computer with good GPS tracking
A great bicycle Computer that does not require wheel size and magnet placement. My major reason for this purchase was to get an easy to use GPS tracking of my rides.
The Edge 200, provides the ability for decent mapping (Road or Trails), on most the web sites for mapping & workout recording I have manually uploaded the fit files to test. it acquires satellite faster than the older Edge 500.
I run Linux in all my computers, and was quite disappointed there is no Debian software for any Garmin units, no way to check for a Garmin firmware improvements, nor for auto use of the Garmin.com website.
Then I was quite surprised there is no Android 2.2 application for my WiFi tablet. Maybe with the $100 Android 4.0 tablets that are about to reach market.
My sealed package also did not include instructions, manual or CD/DVD, but that info was easily acquired on-line.
My only disappointments in the Edge 200 is lack of Linux or Droid software for Garmin website use, and firmware updating. Garmin's failure to include instructional information in my sealed packaging. No customization of the main screen layout to include the current time of day.
I am a casual rider that is in the pedals for about 150/175 miles a week. I have used it for 1,400 miles of riding and I am very happy with its GPS tracking for maping. The edge 200 accurately matches the other Cycling Computers I have checked it against.
As close to perfect as [$] will get you
I am a avid trail/single track rider and this is the first computer I have used for mountain biking. We all know that looking down while riding is not always the best idea, but that's were this comes into play. This will record your ride and you can down load it onto Garmin Connect so you can review your ride. Look at info such as time, miles, avg speed max speed, elevation, map of your ride ect... That alone makes it well worth the little extra you pay over a conventional nongps computer. The screen is well thought out and easy to read, so if you did look down quick it's easy to see your speed and time. I like the fact that there is no speed sensor and magnet to fiddle with, just mount and go. Also, navigating through the files ans features are a simple and painless task.
My only gripe is the elevation readings it gives you when reviewing the data on Connect. It will show slightly different elevations from lap to lap on the same trail. But, that's what happens with gps, it's not quite as accurate as berametric readings like the ones you would fine on the Garmin 500. But hey, it's close, so close that it's nothing to get up tight about. Plus, you have $100 in your pocket.
I love this 200!
Great features for a good price on GPS
Kudos to REI for being one of the few places you can buy this model of Garmin Edge as of October '11.
I miss the bike computers from the late 80's and early 90's that told you two things, speed and distance. They were simple, accurate and dependable. It seems over the past twenty years as manufacturers put more bells and blings on the bike computers, the dependability isn't there anymore. I was tired of setting up computers to only have them last a year or two before things went south.
I have heard great things about the Garmin Edge computers, back to the dependable and accurate computers for cyclists. Thing was that I didn't want to spend the $$ for the Edge 500 or 800. The Garmin Edge 200 is back to basics, with a few other features. I finds the satellites really quick, and tracks my rides accurately.
The one thing I wish Garmin would have included on this model is the ANT+ ability. It wouldn't have cost more for the manufacturing, and would allow more expansion for this computer. It's useless on a trainer, can't talk to a heart rate strap. But I am happy with this computer even without those capabilities. I have not had any issues at all on the numerous rides I've taken it on.
Impressive little computer
I bought the Garmin Edge 200 two weeks ago and after a half dozen rides I am thoroughly impressed with this bike computer. Its incredibly easy to use right out of the box. This device offers the basic necessities: speed (current and average), distance traveled, calories burned and also allows you to program courses and store your rides. The Edge acquires satellites in seconds and is ready to roll. The Edge 200 comes with two handlebar/stem mounts so you can switch the computer between bikes in a matter of seconds. The mount is super solid and the mount/computer has not moved even on the some of the roughest mountain trails. Connecting the Edge to the computer after your ride and uploading your ride data is hassle free and allows you review your ride and track your progress. This computer has improved my riding and allows me to push myself to go a little faster each time. It's an impressive and reasonably priced bike computer that will add a fun new component to your biking adventures.
I love that this device is so easy to install -- since it's GPS, there's no configuration, unlike a standard cyclocomputer which requires wheel size to be input, and must be re-configured each time tires are changed or the device is moved from bike to bike. With the Edge 200, just install the handlebar mount,and you're done. And the mount, with the rubber bands that work with nearly any size stem or bar, is a thing of simple genius.
The device has worked well for me, and I appreciate how easy it is to upload my rides to online services such as Garmin Connect or Strava. The USB interface seems rather slow, but it works reliably.
My main concern with the device is the battery life. 14 hours run-time sounds like a lot, but it is too short for many randonneuring rides, and is a major issue on a bicycle tour, where there may be no access to electricity for many days. A user-swappable battery would be much appreciated.