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Best Garmin Bike Computer Buying Guide

If you’re on the lookout for a dedicated cycling computer, then Garmin have something to suit your needs – whether you’re after the best performance model money can buy, or you want Garmin’s tried and tested technology in a top value package. Read our best garmin bike computer buying guide to find your best match.

In this guide we’re going to take a look at three of the most popular Garmin cycling computers, starting with the Edge 520…

Garmin Edge 520

Buy if you’re:

  • A Strava addict
  • In need of a computer with a compact design
  • Focussed on performance more than pleasure
  • Looking for no-faff wireless data uploads
  • More of a ‘buttons’ person than a ‘touchscreen’ person

The Garmin Edge 520, with optional heart rate monitor, cadence sensor and speed sensor, was the first on-bike computer to feature Strava Live Segments, where you can get real-time feedback on how you’re doing on a Strava Segment compared to your personal best.

Boasting a high-resolution colour display and a claimed 15-hour battery life on full charge. You can upload ride data directly to Garmin Connect or social media if the Edge 520 is connected via a Bluetooth device, get real-time observation of your ride with Live Tracking, and also receive notifications of texts and calls.

See it in action:

Garmin Edge 820

Buy if you’re:

  • Looking for something a little more feature-packed than the Edge 520
  • In need of a computer with a compact design
  • Looking for no-faff wireless data uploads
  • After a cycling computer with maximum connectivity – through WiFi, Bluetooth and ANT+
  • More of a ‘touchscreen’ person than a ‘buttons’ person

Whether your goal is to beat yesterday with a faster or longer ride or dial in your training for a race, Edge 820 puts the features you crave at your fingertips. This compact, touchscreen GPS cycling computer offers advanced performance monitoring, bike-specific turn-by-turn navigation, our new GroupTrack feature and more.

See it in action

Garmin Edge 1000

Garmin release Edge 1000 high-end cycling computer

Buy if you’re:

  • In need of a large-screen unit
  • Looking for excellent mapping options
  • After lots of data fields
  • Looking for an easy to use top level piece of kit

The most feature-packed and easy-to-use unit that the company have ever produced, the Garmin Edge 1000 is the holy grail of cycle computers.

Highlights include a large high-resolution touch screen, smartphone connectivity and – similar to Strava – challenging segment features using Garmin’s Connect software. Gadget fans are going to love this, as it’s the first Garmin bike computer that’s compatible with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, meaning that the gear you’re in is displayed on the screen. It’s also compatible with ANT+ power meters including Vector™, Garmin’s unique pedal-based power meter.

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