There are not many things that I become overly attached to anymore, and if I do they’re generally not of great expense or particular grandeur. Perhaps things like a pair of gloves or maybe at very most my kitchen knives or as I realised recently … my Garmin 800.
I’ve had it on loan since they came out but unfortunately the time had come to give back and all of a sudden I found myself lost, I felt like I didn't know what to do with myself. I’d told everyone that I didn't really use it properly or I’d be quite happy with an off-the-peg £35/40 bike computer but at this moment in time I was baffled.
In a strange way it was almost like I was saying goodbye to a friend.
So when I got a call from Simon at CRC asking if I’d like to use the new Garmin 810 (which I think was really so he could keep an eye on me) I was over the moon. Whilst it was the 'new' 810, I didn't even really know anything about it. I’d seen the video on YouTube but hadn't really paid much attention to its actual features and at this point I was just happy that things weren't going to change.
Little did I know how wrong I was, this thing is just amazing!
As I sit here in the garden I’m glad the 800 had to go back, I’ve used the 810 at home, abroad, on short trips, long trips, I've used it with planned routes and at times I’ve just headed out the door without a clue of where I'm going and I can’t fault it.
I’m still a little baffled as to why Garmin haven't put a solar panel on it to just keep things topped up just a little but that’s the only thing I’d say. The phone app is just brilliant, you don't have to plug it in to the laptop to download stats etc so there are no more wires. Post ride; after a shower, a stretch, checking of emails and going through the post you can grab a coffee and just sit in the garden or on the sofa and have a look over your rides, you don't even need to move from where you are when you think about checking.
Setting up routes is easy and the tracking is amazing and incredibly accurate. Last week I rode to some friends who live in London which is about 95 miles away but they wanted to ride out and meet me. The 810's live tracking allowed them to see where I was online, look back at the route I’d sent over the day before and they were then able to head out to meet me.
The only downside with the tracking is the missus can see you're actually sitting in the bike shop or a cafe so if that’s what you intend on doing, turn the Live Tracking off…
Glad I've got an old new friend back.
Ride For A Reason.