Garmin Edge 1000

 

There is no doubt that the more we use the Garmin Edge 1000, sent to us by Halfords Cycling, the more we love it.  It seems to have everything we have ever wanted from a bike computer and navigation device and more.

 

Garmin Edge 1000

 

If we are completely honest, when we first got it we were a bit overwhelmed – the Garmin Edge 1000 is a serious bit of kit, most likely with more computing power than they had on Apollo 13 and we wondered if we would ever get to grips with it.

 

The size is just smaller than a smartphone, but it mounts tidily and securely on the stem and so it did not feel too greedy for the very precious space on the handle bars.  The touch screen, which can be oriented portrait or landscape, is responsive and easy to read, with automatic adjustment to assist with different lighting levels.  We found it worked well even with gloves on and surprisingly it is not affected by rain.  The weight at 4oz is barely worth mentioning when a full bottle weighs more than a pound and we’ve got two of those on the bike for training!

 

We found the battery life was pretty good.  Garmin claim 15 hours, but that depends upon the functionality and so we tended to top it up before we needed too.  If you are using the GPS and navigation functions it could be as low as 5 hours and so if you are planning to use it on unfamiliar and perhaps foreign roads, you need to plan with this in mind to avoid getting lost.  The battery indicator is really useful though and the low battery warning gives you over an hour of ride time (again that depends a bit on what functions you are using at the time).

 

Garmin Edge 1000 screens

 

Happily it is very quick and easy to set up, even pairing with our Power Tap wheels to get power and cadence, so we were up and running with the basic functions straight away.  Working from this base we have become more and more demanding of it, as we have enjoyed exploring many of the features it offers.

 

We found the basic route finding and navigation easy to get into and connection with satellites much faster than we expected.  By all accounts this is one of the stand-out features of the Garmin Edge 1000 and it is a step change in the right direct from earlier models.

 

Pairing with Garmin Connect and automatic uploading of rides to Training Peaks was a bit fiddly to set up, but now that it is done it works beautifully and it allows for seamless communication of ride data to a coach (in our case that is via an automatic sync with Training Peaks) – there’s no hiding though, because the Garmin Edge 1000 tells the coach everything and you might not like the “honesty”!

 

Where it all starts getting very clever and requires some proper familiarisation to avoid frustration is in the customisation.  We felt rather pleased with ourselves when we had customised the screens that would display training data.  We now have different readouts for road training, racing and turbo training.  We found the web tutorials more helpful than the manual, which in our opinion was a little light, but trust us when we tell you it really is worth investing some time getting to know the Garmin Edge 1000, because it is an incredible tool and we still feel we have so much to learn.

 

You can display up to 10 metrics on a screen – although you will be hard pressed to process all of that data and stay upright – choosing options like time elapsed, speed, distance, heart rate, power, cadence, calories, temperature, gears (for those with Di2), altitude and more!  We tended to keep it really simple on the road and opted for more data when we were on the turbo trainer, but given that you can set up 10 different screens, you can have one for every day of the week and your mood!

 

The navigation function can also be customised, with options for “road cycling” which uses roads to guide you to your destination, whilst “tour cycling” uses bike paths where available.  We really liked the navigation, which is visual and audible and is not unlike a sat-nav system in the car.  For us, Garmin’s experience with navigation shines through and we thought it was the perfect tool to take on a cycle touring holiday or training camp – we have come close to getting very lost on a few occasions and the Garmin Edge 1000 takes a lot of stress out of those situations, whilst also allowing you to upload or save guided rides for future reference.

 

The purpose of this review is to give you a taste of what this amazing bit of kit can do, we could  have gone on and on talking about features and functionality, because there are so many.  We haven’t even touched on live tracking for example, a great little function that allows friends and family to follow you while you are out and about training or racing.  A friend used this during a 24 hour time trial event to great effect.  Of course there is social media sharing as well for those that want an element of competition.

 

The bottom line for us is that we cannot imagine ever wanting more from a bike computer and navigation device than we get from the Garmin Edge 1000, it is surely the ultimate training and touring aid.  We never leave home without it and our recommendation is that you put this on your Christmas list now and know that you will be happy for a long, long time!

 

Screen size: 3”

Unit size: 2.3 x 4.4 x 0.8" (5.8 x 11.2 x 2.0 cm)

Weight: 4oz

Price: Halfords £395.99 (RRP is £435.99)

Weblink: Halfords.com Cycling Garmin Edge 1000

 

Performance: 9/10

Value for money 9/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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