Review: K-Edge Garmin Mounts

Most trail bikes today feature wide handlebars paired with short stems, which somewhat limits your mounting options for things like a GPS unit. I personally ran into this problem on my Kona Process 153. With a 50mm long, square-shaped stem, there wasn’t enough room to use a stock Garmin mount up top. Mounting it to the …

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GPS Accuracy Test: GPS vs. Smartphone vs. Cyclocomputer (Round 2)

Two and a half years ago we conducted a test to see which was more accurate for recording distance and elevation data: a standalone GPS unit or a smartphone running a GPS app like Strava. In that test we found that GPS apps, running on a smartphone or even a tablet device, can record very accurate data. …

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How Strava Is Using GPS Map Data to Help Mountain Bikers

Last year, Strava users logged 9.6 fitness activities per second. Think about it: in the time it took you to read that sentence, 50 rides, runs, and workouts were logged by athletes around the world. If you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered what Strava does with the data from those 300+ million activities, beyond the leaderboards and the kudos. Monitoring …

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7 Free and Inexpensive Apps that Turn Your Smartphone into a GPS for Mountain Biking

Using a GPS unit while mountain biking offers many excellent opportunities: tracking fitness goals, navigating unfamiliar trails, and documenting and sharing your adventures are just a few of the advantages of bringing a GPS along on your rides. But GPS units can be expensive, and while they may be advantageous, it can be difficult for some to justify the expense. …

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The Bryton Rider 330 Costs Less Than Other GPS Units, But Mostly Disappoints

Bryton Sport is a Taiwanese company that recently introduced a line of GPS units to the US market. The company leans heavily on marketing itself as a lower cost competitor to established companies like Garmin, while still delivering the same quality and functionality. Unfortunately I found Bryton delivered a mostly mediocre experience at only a slightly lower price …

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Garmin Edge 520 Review

The Edge series of GPS units from Garmin runs from the diminutive “20” which has only the most basic features, up to the “1000” that rocks a 3-inch color touchscreen. Tested here, the Edge 520 is right in the middle of the line, retailing for $300. Specs While the Garmin Edge 520 may be small …

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Polar Introduces GPS Watch with Built-in Heart Rate Monitor for Just $149

Finding a decent cycling GPS, let alone one you can wear on your wrist, priced under $150 is difficult. Yet somehow, Polar is offering the new M200 for $149, and it includes a built-in heart rate monitor. Officially, the M200 is “designed for runners” but even mountain bikers will appreciate the features this watch offers. For starters, it’s a GPS so …

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