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Garmin Edge 705 HR review | Introduction

Published on: Wednesday, May 27th 2009                   Written by: Wim de Lange - Photography by: Mark Peters

Garmin Edge review

T his time I am reviewing a GPS device made for the serious cyclist; the Garmin Edge 705 HR. The many possibilities of this advanced bike computer specifically target this group. Navigation software can also be used, however; that is not the core value of this device. The Garmin Edge is a training device, supporting training sessions. Not only in its ability to register performance like speed, distance and heart rate, but also to plan workouts.

Garmin Edge 705 HR review

 

Garmin Edge GPS retail box

Garmin Edge GPS retail box

Garmin Edge 705 HR bike navigation

When we unwrap the Edge 705, we find a device that looks like an oversized bike computer. Furthermore, a USB cable is included. The USB cable is not only for 'general' contact with the computer, it is also used to charge the built-in battery with the included battery charger. Moreover, a small stack of instruction manuals in six languages can be found inside the box. Unfortunately, software is not included; we have to get it from the Garmin website. Along with any bike computer, there should be tools to attach the device and thankfully a wide range of these are included. Finally, the Edge 705 HR comes with a heart rate monitor, and a strap to wrap around your chest which wirelessly connects to the device.

Garmin Edge 705 HR test

Garmin Edge 705 HR test

Mount the Garmin Edge to the bike

The attachment tools included in the kit consist of two bike mounts, two zip ties, and a mount. The mount can be mounted in two ways. This enables attaching the Edge 705 to the handle-bars or to the top or down tube. The various items are attached to the bike with zip ties which can only be used once. Thankfully every do-it-yourself shop has them in stock and they are not too expensive. The advantage of these zip ties is that they can be used on nearly every tube without the need of additional tools. The Garmin Edge should be mounted sideways until you hear a click which indicates that the device is firmly attached.

 

Garmin Edge USB

Garmin Edge USB

Garmin Edge manual

Garmin Edge manual

Garmin bike mounts

Garmin bike mounts

 
 
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