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I'm a keen mountain biker and I live in South Wales.
Having used numerous cycle computers, I decided to go the whole hog and get something that would enable me not only to work out how far I'd been and at what speed, but also enable me to work out how much climbing I'd done, and to plot my route when I got home. So I ordered an Edge 205.
For a month or so all seemed fine. The edge was easy to charge and the comprehensive manual was easy to get through. The functions on the Edge were easy to use, and the display clear. Reception was good, and I was plotting routes like a good un. Then out of the blue, no longer could I download any info' from the Edge onto my Pc. I sent it back, and a month or so later received a replacement. By now winter had gone and spring was in the air. Leaves were appearing on the trees, but all was not well. As the leaves and buds blossomed, the reception on my "new" edge got worse and worse. Over a typical four hour ride, only two hours of the ride would be recorded on the edge, making it nothing more that an expensive stop watch. As spring moved into summer, reception got even worse, and then on of the selector buttons broke. Leaving for my moring commute at 5am, riding beneath a clear sky, not a tree or leaf in sight, andi t would take about 20 minutes for the edge to get a signal and begin recording. Very frustrating as by then I was half way to work. This would happen every day. I gave up using it.
As fo Garmins customer service. I sent them an email once, it took them a month to reply, so I didn't bother again.
This product has been a complete and utter waste of money. If you get one that works, then wonderful. But I've had two and neither worked. Very dissapointing.
Sorry to hear about your problems - I'd suggest you update the firmware on the unit. Garmin made some significant improvements to the GPS signal handling over the last year or so. Certainly I've ridden some of the trails at Afan and my Edge305 coped fine with the trees in full leaf during August. IN fact, I've found the GPS so sensitive that it can actually pick up a signal on the ground floor of my house! Sam.
stitch99 22.12.2006 18:36
That was helpful in so much as I don't think I want an Edge, but I would have liked to have read about what the thing is supposed to do. I have a Garmin forerunner 301 and use it for cycling as well as running. Touch wood, I haven't had any problems with it after a year. :-)
The Edge 305 works to collect detailed active metrics, including distance, speed, ascents ... more
and descents and displays them in an easy to read, easy to comprehend way. With minimal set up required, the Edge 305 easily clips onto all types of bikes, and uses a fast and reliable GPS signal to track detailed information. The Edge 305 Bundle comes with a chest-strap heart rate monitor included, which allows for the tracking of further personal performance information. The Edge 305 unit is compatible with Garmin Connect, an online space where analysis can be reviewed and shared. Features A tough and durable cycling tracker Records essential statistics and metrics - tracks distance, speed, and time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent. Records route taken for review Barometric altimeter - records changes in elevation. Water resistant durable casing High sensitivity GPS receiver - provides swift, accurate and reliable information. Easy to install - requires no calibration. Virtual Partner - lets your race a virtual competitor over a specified distance. Auto Pause - automatically halts data harvest when not in motion. Auto Lap - automatically starts a new lap when passing a specified location. Heart rate monitor included - the heart rate monitor strap sits comfortably across the chest and registers further data. Stores information on up to 50 routes Rechargeable lithium-ion battery - up to 12 hours battery life. Garmin Connect compatible - share, compare and analyse data with an online community. Recommended activity - mountain biking / cycling