The latest wave of GPS cycling computers are almost unrecognizable from the primitive devices that were on the market just a decade ago.
In the 1990's, a cycling computer that displayed basic measurements such as speed and distance were considered advanced. If the Garmin Edge 1000 GPS is any example of what's to come, we've nearly progressed to a fully functional computer mounted right onto our handlebars.
The type of bike computer you need depends largely on what kind of cyclist you are. Here's a look at the good and bad of the latest cycling technology to help you decide if it's right for you.
If you're a cyclist who wants the latest and greatest, the Garmin Edge 1000 has just about everything you need. Here's what we liked from our testing:
Easy screen navigation.
1. Ease of use. Without reading the directions, navigating from screen to screen to upload personal data and preferences was a cinch.
2. LiveTrack, which lets family and friends track your progress during training or racing is a cool feature absent from other models. During long training rides, my wife is able to in check on my progress without having to call my mobile.
3. The ability to receive texts and phone call alerts on the screen is something you won't find in other GPS models. This means no more pulling off to the side of the road to see what the buzzing in your pocket is all about.
4. The Edge 1000 is compatible with Shimano Di2, which will let you see what gear you're in and how much battery life you have left.