Rugged, lightweight Edge 205 attaches easily to the stem or handlebars of your bike with the included bike mount. Just turn it on, acquire GPS satellites and go. Edge automatically measures your speed, distance, time, calories burned and altitude, and records this data for your review.
Strengths: Many. Satellite acquisition is fast, works well in trees. Battery life is still around 12 hrs after three years, and countless mid-cycle charges. Industry leading workout programs and motionbased.com / garminconnect.com. Can use on three separate bikes.
I've had my 305 for around 3yrs. Came with the HR monitor. Bought separate candance kits for two of three bikes I use it on. I already knew the rugged reliability of Garmins from old Mtn. Rescue days. Rain, cold, shock, whatever Garmin's keep working.
I use the Garmin Training Software (comes with it) to create workouts and send them to the unit. You can be extremely specific and create time or distance at specified HR or cadence or rest periods. This is very useful when doing intervals wether hill repeats, sprints, low cadance grinds, etc.
Download rides on to GarminConnect.com and analyze improvements trends or spot weaknesses. Shows routes on a mapquest style map or satellite image. Also give you all the data on Grade, Speed up hill, downhill, HeartRate, weather, cadence, all your averages, time uphills, downhills, flats, on and on.
No problems with crud in the buttons? (they're sealed) and the battery life is much better than it should be after three years. I commute 3 days a week, ride on weekends, race, etc. Hundreds of cycles and still getting 12hrs. +/- per charge.
This is MUCH more than a HR monitor or bike computer. Combined with the FREE training software and FREE websites, it is the best training tool you will ever use.
If you train regularly I would highly recommend this. The 705 is the next level up, color screen, ant+, base maps. They're all spendy but you wont wear them out. Pricey gadget if you only use it a couple of times a year or just track your weekend rides. Go to GarminConnect.com and take the tour to see all that you can do with this little puppy.
Similar Products Used: Several GPS. Garmins #1, Magellin #2. Climbed for Mountain Rescue for 5+ years. Garmins have the best antenas and features. Hands down the most reliable when you have to rely on them.
a Cross Country Rider
from Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Weaknesses: Mounts using zip ties. It looks a little cheesie, but easy to mount, which is nice if you have multiple bikes. Just buy a bag of zip ties. Also not crazy about the color of the face plate. I think a neautral black would be nicer to look at.
I would recommend this to any tech geek or anyone else that wants to add a little fun to those long monotonous rides. It is as accurate as my cateye, it has numerous screens with tons of information which can be viewed while riding or downloaded and analyzed afterwards. At $250 its a bit overpriced, but if you can find one on ebay or Amazon, get it. Every bike should have one!
Bike Setup: 2008 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper w/ Crossmax and Specialized Captain tires.
a Weekend Warrior
from South Africa
Date Reviewed: August 17, 2008
Strengths: It finds the satelites easily and remains locked on no matter what, under trees and through forests. The versatility of the selectable display layout is excellent. The downloading of data is effortless and the software gives great info.
Weaknesses: The battery life is really poor. At best a 7 hour ride. I guess that this is really a product for the roadies because once it gets in thye rain and the mud starts flying about the mud and rain jamb the top mounted buttons making it impossible to depress them. And the mud doesn't come out easily, so for the next couple of rides the unit has to be treaeted tough to get it to work.
great product; Garmin have to look at improving battery life nad to make it an all weather unit.
I converted a .gpx file for the chequamegon 100 to .crs so I can use it on a garmin edge 205. I'm using gpsies.com to convert. After conversion, only half the course is there in the garmin software and on the device. Any idea what's going wrong? Thanks!Read More »
It seems lately that my edge 205 stops recording data on its own.
I think mostly it happens if I am stopped for more that a few minutes but not 100% sure. I read online that vibration can cause it to stop too. I guess that [i]could[/i] be a result of me now hitting small stunts and drops with my ... Read More »
I have had a Garmin Edge 205 for a couple of years now. It seems to be pretty accurate for distance, but always overstates the amount of climbing. I just did a 38 mile road ride tonight with 1 major climb of about 1,200 feet and a lot of other smaller ups and downs. The 205 says I climbed 6,800 feet ... Read More »
I am thinking about purchasing the 205 rather than the 305 because of the price and the features that I believe I will not need. I am not too concerned about the lack of HR and cadence monitoring, but I do have questions about the barometric altimeter. What I plan on doing is creating my own courses ... Read More »