Garmin’s Edge 820 is a great little unit with full Garmin Cycle mapping and loads of data integration.
Garmin Edge 820 Explore – Ex-Demo
The 820 is a touchscreen cycling computer that features a ton of connectivity options. The Edge 820 Explore uses both ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect your power meter, heart rate monitor, and loads of other sensors. It’ll even connect up to your Di2 gears, allowing you to switch pages on your display, see what gear combo you’re in, and also see the battery level of your Di2. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the big ring with a huge climb to tackle!
With a huge number of data fields available, this is certainly one for those that like their stats. You can set up a number of pages, all with numerous data fields on them with the 2.3″ screen making them easy to read in bright sunlight.
Mapping is included and the colour screen is really easy to read, with turn-by-turn prompts making getting lost very difficult. We find the Garmin maps to be really easy to follow and you can take Strava routes and pop them straight onto the device.
There are also a few tracking options, with the group tracking allowing you to see where your mates are and ride tracking allowing anyone at home to follow your progress. The device will automatically send an email with a tracking link to the email address that you specify, so you never have to worry about being lost in the middle of nowhere.
Strava Live segment capability is also included, making KoM hunting that bit easier for those with Strava Premium. You can set the Edge 820 to show you how far ahead or behind the KoM you are. That’s fine for the local climbs, but if you’re going up more famous climbs, then measuring yourself against your own PB is probably better for your sanity than comparing your effort to the local pro.
Being an ex-display unit, this one might have a few little marks and a slightly tatty box, but that doesn’t matter to us.
Garmin Edge 820 Explore – Ex-Demo
About Evans Cycles
In 1921, the first shop of F.W. Evans Cycles opened on the Kennington Road in south-east London. The 1950s saw Evans become a cycle-specific retailer and the company grew over the next 40 years before, in the 1990s, the Evans Cycles Mail Order catalogue was launched, enabling Evans Cycles to supply a wider range of products to a much larger audience. This required the opening of a central distribution centre in Leatherhead, Surrey from where the first version of the Evans Cycles website was launched.
The company now offers a range of services like click and collect, harnessing its network of local Evans stores. The brand also runs a range of Ride It events across the UK and offers a number of schemes relating to the government’s Cycle to Work scheme, promoting cycling through tax incentives on the cost of a new bike.
Evans also has a number of in-house brands such as Pinnacle and FWE while also working in collaboration with Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy to launch HOY Bikes.
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