I think I can safely say that like most cyclist, my first cycling computer was a basic Cateye Velo, which is great, does it’s job like it’s supposed to do, gives info on speed, distance, calorie, etc., and that was really all you wanted to know, especially maximum speed.
I seriously had no intention of spending much more money on a better computer, first I didn’t have the money and secondly I didn’t feel the need for a superior piece of equipment. But, by chance my brother in law Maurice bought me a Garmin 200 Edge (amongst other things, I’ll get into later). my cycling trips became more information oriented and more importantly I could keep a history of my rides on the Garmin Connect website to share with others via social media.
The Garmin Edge 200 logged my time, distance, route travelled, altitude, maximum, low, and average moving speed, GPS position to map, etc. The information made me want to explore new routes, new highs, etc. it made my rides more meaningful, no longer was it about how fast I could go anymore.
It’s been quite interesting viewing the map after as I get to see where my journeys have taken me, that may sound funny as if I don’t know ahead, I do but it’s just a general idea, and tend to rely on my sense of direction rather then reading maps as I go.
The Garmin gives clear readable information even in bright sunlight, the battery life is about 14 hours give or take how much you fiddle with it during the ride. The unit can be charged via a wall socket or a USB computer connection/power supply, memory wise it’s supposed to handle 1000 laps whatever that means, I think it depends how long each ride is.
What I particularly like is the fact that they provide several mounts, therefore if you have several bikes, you can simply move the computer from one bike to another easily by simply twisting gadget to attach or detach. It doesn’t need messy wires running across your handlebar and down the bike frame with nylon tie to hold it in place, or magnets on the wheel, etc. so it’s much neater.
Also the Garmin uses a GPS system to calculate movement, therefore you don’t need to input wheel size and tire size each time, which means you can use it for other activities such as hiking or kayaking. think of it as multi purpose.
You can see my rides here My Routes.