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Garmin Edge 800 review

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Price when reviewed : £400
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It isn't cheap, but this cycling computer and satnav will ensure you get where you're going


Another hugely useful feature is courses. Instead of automatically working out a route, the 800 simply directs you around a course you set. This means you can take a particular road – or avoid one – and still get the same turn indications as with the auto-routing mode. There are many websites where you can download courses other people have created, or you can easily create your own. This mode is also great for routes you ride regularly, including circular routes. You can choose to be alerted if you cycle off course, which is handy if you’re whizzing down a hill and miss a turn. Usefully, you can disable route recalculation, preventing the 800 from building a new route if you do go off course.

Garmin Edge 800 courses


The 800 allows you to race against yourself, by saving the data from the previous times you cycled a particular route. You can customise the timing screens to show how far or behind you are in terms or time or distance. There’s also a ‘virtual partner’ which you can race against, even if you haven’t ridden the route before. You set the speed at which the partner rides and try and keep up.

Yet another mode is Workouts. Using the Training menu option, you can build Workouts which have multiple ‘steps’. You set a particular goal for each one, be it time, distance, heart rate or something else from the numerous parameters. If you don’t want to build a Workout, you can use the Alerts option for a simpler indication of when you’ve reached a goal, say distance or heart rate. Alerts can also be warnings, so you can set maximum and minimum values for various parameters such as cadence – to warn you if you’re straining too hard up a hill with low cadence, for example.

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Navigation softwareN/A
Map dataNavteq
Countries coveredEurope
Traffic informationN/A
Toll road warningyes
Roadblock avoidanceno
Speed camera alertsno


Typestandalone satnav
Compatible operating systemN/A
Viewable size2.6in
Native resolution160×240
Memory card supportMicroSD
Memory card included4096MB
Accessoriesbike mount, USB cable, USB charger, speed/cadence sensor, heart rate monitor
CCD effective megapixelsn/a-megapixel
Extrasthermometer, vibration alert, water resistant

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