Garmin Edge 1000 Review

March 23, 2018

Erica Chambers riding with a rainbow.

Garmin Edge 1000

By Erica Chambers

I cycle long distances, I also like to take my bike on holiday or hire a bike when I am on holiday. However – I am also very bad at directions.

I started cycling in 2014, training for a 100 mile closed road ride through London and Surrey.

Rides were recorded on my phone, which travelled in my pocket, but as we all know recording a ride on a phone, wears a battery down very quickly.

So I invested in a Garmin 200 (around £70.00), a little device that sat on my handlebars, told me how far I had come, and how fast I was riding. I also had room to choose to see how many calories I was using up or my average speed or a few other things.

This was a perfect little tool to record what I was doing, the battery seemed to last forever… it synced nicely with Strava, it was lovely and neat to pop into my pocket when I stopped for coffee and cake.

As I grew fitter – I started to need to cycle further than just around my local area, and this is where I started to have problems. I have a fear of getting lost and I am absolutely hopeless at remembering instructions.

Garmin Edge 1000Investing in a bike computer with a GPS system was the obvious answer – but they are very expensive. I spent a lot of time in forums seeing what the pros and cons were – whether TomTom was better than Garmin, whether the Garmin 820 (around £259.00), was good enough – or should I invest the extra £150.00 into a Garmin Edge 1000.

In the end I plumped for the Garmin. I liked Dan Martin who cycled for Team Garmin-Sharp at the time. I found a deal in a bike shop that meant that the Garmin Edge 1000 was £300.00, rather than £400.00.

And I love it.

The unit is big. I would only recommend using this on a road bike. Pop something this big onto your MTB handlebars and it’s wobbling around all over the place.

However – once you have got used to the size – you can start discovering the 4 million different things you can do with it.

I use the GPS maps all the time. You can zoom in and out – so if you are riding some nice long straight roads, you can set it so there’s about 2 miles on the screen. If you are riding through the city, you can zoom right in. You can set it to have the distance to the next turn displayed – or you can see the names of the streets that you are passing.

One criticism is that if you are doing a route that crosses itself – the Garmin will show all the routes on the screen, they are meant to be different colours – but I’ve quite often ended up going the wrong way. Never fear though… the Garmin will tell you you’ve gone wrong – and you can just turn round.

Using the map does wear down your battery – so if I am out riding for more than six hours, I’ll try and keep the screen dark for as long as I can while I am riding through an area I know, then I will only switch to the maps when I don’t know where I am.

The data screen has many many options. I have elapsed time, distance travelled, total ascent, time of day, speed and grade of ascent, but anything you might possibly want to know is on there.

One tip – after every upgrade – the data screen will reset itself, and you’ll find you’ll only have speed or cadence or something you’ve never heard of on there. Restoring the screen to your bespoke choice is easy – but I always forget how to do it. Luckily, there’s a nice man on youtube who helps me every time.Erica Chambers and Husband

There are other screens you can have – like virtual partner etc – and you can just swipe between them. I only use the maps and my main data page – so I’ve removed the rest.

Disadvantages… trying to reroute a ride mid way can take ages. I very rarely use this option. However, if I find that I have gone off course, or Garmin is trying to send me across a field because there is a cycle path that way – there is a very faint blue line that leads you back onto your course.

It is also very easy to delete your ride accidentally. Because the cost of the unit – I take it off the bike even if I am leaving the bike for just a second. I pop it into the back of my jersey – and I have found on more than one occasion that the act of sitting down somehow can delete your ride.

The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages – and I have to say that this purchase is probably the 2nd best thing I’ve bought after my bike.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to post below or shoot us a message! We’d love to hear from you!

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