Anyone out there with memories of standing at a fork in the road, in the middle of nowhere, in a foreign country, tired and hungry and trying to figure out how you ended up so lost? Or what about trying to look at a map while simultaneously balancing your bike so the weight of the panniers don’t dump you over? Or better yet, trying to guess how much water you can drink because you’re not sure how far it is to the next place you can buy supplies? If so, I have great news for you!
Garmin has come to the rescue with a new GPS specifically made to help bicyclists get from Point A to Point B and you don’t need to be a technology guru to figure out how to use it. Recreational cyclists, especially those cycling overseas are in for a treat with the new Garmin Edge Touring GPS. The Touring GPS works like your trusty car GPS, but with all kinds of special features for cycling. You program where you want to go, and you get turn-by-turn directions on how to get there. You can plot a route using destinations, points of interest or how long you’d like to ride. But there’s more: you can download a route you’ve planned or one that you’ve downloaded from Garmin Connect or Garmin Adventures, you can choose the kind of road you’d like to bike on, and you can replay and share each ride in detail, once it has been uploaded to Garmin Connect! Navigating in a foreign country will not only be easier for cyclists, but it will also be safer. Three cheers for Garmin!
Here are some of the best reasons to put the Garmin Edge Touring GPS at the top of your wish list for Christmas (yes it is almost that time!):
- At $249 for the basic model, this GPS is a must have for every touring cyclist! Even when you add the price for the City Navigator Map for France, this new model is almost half the price of the Garmin Edge 810
- The GPS comes preloaded with bike-specific USA maps so it just may get you thinking about exploring more bicycling routes at home
- Because you won’t need to worry about getting lost or finding your way back to the main path, bicyclists can enjoy the adventure of exploring back roads seldom visited by normal tourists
- Cyclists can choose cycling, tour cycling and mountain bike modes to find the most appropriate route
- The GPS has a touchscreen that works when wet and when you are wearing gloves (genius!)
- If you just want to take a leisurely afternoon ride, just input the distance you want to bike, and the GPS will calculate up to 3 routes for you to choose from, including their elevation profiles. Tap the screen of your choice, and you have the turn-by-turn instructions for your afternoon ride
- You’ll lighten up your load on the bike significantly since you won’t have to travel with numerous maps and assorted navigation tools
Garmin has done a great job at developing a must-have companion for every touring cyclist. Now all they need to do is get them on the market. I’m already planning on an early visit from Santa if the Garmin Chicago store gets the Edge Touring in before I leave for France in a couple of weeks. Otherwise, it will definitely be at the top of my Christmas list! Stay tuned for an update when this GPS is available in the US.