If you spend considerable time riding around on your bike, you’re probably always wondering “how far did I go? were the hills really that brutal?” There are a myriad of online mapping systems that let you plot your journey by points on a map (provided you can remember every twist and turn you took), but that doesn’t tell you with any great amount of accuracy how many miles you traveled or calories you burned. So get excited: Garmin has a handlebar-mounted tracking tool that will do all of the work for you, and even help you find your way back home from a wheeled adventure.
The Edge 705 is a GPS-enabled cycle computer with the works — it can monitor your heart rate, speed, distance, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent, and cadence, give you turn-by-turn directions, process power data, all the bells and whistles available on a water-resistant wireless color display. The Edge comes with a built-in basemap with a microSD card slot for adding map detail and storing your workouts, courses and rides for easy exercise monitoring on your home computer allowing you to track your progress and time on the road over months of outings. Even better, if you have a riding buddy with the same equipment, you can easily send them your latest course and let them try it out for themselves with simple point-by-point navigation via a worldwide network of cyclists through Garmin Connect.
A true must have for any cycling enthusiast, the Edge 705 is now available for pre-order (packages starting at $389).