By Andrew Liszewski
For serious cyclists who like to keep track of their physical condition and performance during a ride, combining GPS and heart rate monitoring capabilities into a single device just makes sense. And that’s exactly what Garmin has done with their Edge 305 model. The computer easily attaches to your bike with an included mount, and is rugged enough to survive the bumps and bounces of even the most difficult off-road paths.
It also includes a heart rate monitor you can wear around your chest that wirelessly transmits the data to the computer. Once the device acquires a GPS signal it will automatically measure and record your speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent. This data can then be transferred to your PC and analyzed with the Garmin Training Center software so you can see how elevation and other factors affected your performance. For the competitive types the Edge also features a Virtual Partner that can be raced over a specified distance and speed, and it also stores ‘Ghost data’ (for lack of a better term) allowing you to compete against one of your previous performances.
The Garmin Edge 305 has a suggested retail price of $379.15, but I’m sure you can find it cheaper if you dig around online.