Eurobike: Garmin unveils new GPS devices
New bike computers to launch this autumn, offering round trip routing
Called the Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus, the new devices are aimed at touring cyclists, commuters and mountain bikers in need of navigation on their handlebars, although they may well attract the attention of triathletes looking to mix up their training.
The computers come pre-loaded with bike-specific maps and a new round trip routing feature that lets users input the distance they want to ride and let Edge Touring do the rest of the work, calculating up to three routes to choose from, dependent on whether the device is in Cycling, Tour Cycling or Mountain Bike mode.
Both models can also display key ride data such as time, speed, average speed, max speed and distance, while the slightly more costly Edge Touring Plus also includes an altimeter and can be connected via ANT+ to heart rate monitors and even compatible eBikes.
Garmin expects to start shipping the first units this autumn, with the Edge Touring priced at around $249/£199 and the Edge Touring Plus costing $299/£249.