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I was searching for a simple bicycle computer that provided speed, cadence, distance, phone alerts and orientation. The Garmin Edge 130 fulfills this purpose really well. It is well constructed, resists water and dirt very well and the out-of-the box mount is sturdy.
The interface of this device is via physical buttons around the edge. The layout is simple and intuitive if you make the small effort to become familiar with it.
I believe there is a basic bread crumbs map function but I do not bother using it. I don't even think the larger bicycle computers that I looked at in store have a large enough screen to make map functions viable, in my opinion.
The screen is easy to read in full daylight and the layout is very customisable.
The Garmin Connect application has been very easy to use and works reliably. It updates automatically and syncs with Strava to auto-upload activities.
The only issue I've experienced with this device is the battery life. It does have a simple display so you'd expect the battery capacity to be something like an old Nokia but unfortunately the battery chosen for the Edge 130 is way too small. I would probably only get 4-5 hours of continuous use from this device, so I charge it up every day after finishing my commute (ideally all lithium battery devices should be charged as frequently as possible for optimal battery health so this is not a big deal).
To be fair, my Edge 130 is synced with a speed sensor and cadence sensor, as well as my phone and GPS. That's a lot of communication and it's the reason why the battery life seems unimpressive. I still think Garmin should have offered a slightly larger battery - I would have given this 5 Stars if they had...
I purchased the garmin on sale in April. Keep your eyes open for a sale, you can save up to 100 buck (compared to todays price). This is a great unit. I had a bit of a difficult time figuring out how to set the data screens. I just couldn't get the number of fields I wanted. Manual is almost useless and a lot of vidoes on line were not that helpful. Finally figured it out and in retrospect its not hard but it sure took me a while. Anyway, once past that, I have to say I am very happy with the product. I have close to 500 km on it and I am happy with my purchase. I don't have data on my phone nor do I need the phone to use the garmin. I get all the information from the garmin and its at my fingertips. I connect the garmin to my computer at home and I can download my rides and info. The garmin is easy to use (once you get the set up done) and you can change screens while riding if you like. I initially had it on scroll mode so the screens were constantly changing. I ended that and put all the stuff I really wanted to see on 1 page. If I wanted other stuff, I hit the side/bottom button and I then can access additional data. As for battery life, I never let it go down to next to nothing. I get 3 or 4 one hour rides in and I see that the battery indicator still has 2 bars remaining. I have a cadence sensor hooked up as well and the garmin easily detected the sensor. Really like this unit!. Even with 7 pieces of information on my main data screen, I can easily see/read the info off the garmin while riding. It’s not “busy” or too small to read if you glance down.
Contiene todo lo que necesitas para un buen entrenamiento o una carrera. Lo único que no me gustó, es que cuando haces el display extendido con un reloj Garmin (en mi caso el Forerunner 735xt) -por cuestiones de multideporte-, por diseño, por default y sin poder ajustarlo, el Edge 130 parte la pantalla en 2: en la mitad superior aparece el tiempo total y el tiempo de vuelta (no se pueden cambiar estos campos), y en la mitad de abajo aparecen los datos que traes en el display del reloj, los cuales si puedes cambiar. No he hecho rodadas de más de 5 horas para probar la duración de la batería con todos los sensores conectados (Velocidad, cadencia, ritmo cardiaco, luz trasera).
Ok so first of all this device is amazing. Its loaded with lots of features. You dont need speed sensor for it to measure your speed, it will calculate your speed with the help of gps. Some features require heart rate sensors and speed and cadence sensors which you have to buy separately. Also the recordings were very accurate but if you are planning to use it in india one thing you need to know is that you wont be able to create your own course in most parts of India due to limited popularity data available. So overall it's a good device has lots of features and accuracy is perfect
Great product. The display is surprising clear and visible given its size. Syncs with phone app and automatically with Strava which is very convenient. Easy to navigate through the menus. I have not tried to routes yet.