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  • jhn.holgate Garmin Edge 200 Review


    If you can adapt it for your buggy, it makes an excellent gps. 

    Positives
    Great connectivity through Garmin Connect.
    Ease of use.
    Seems very accurate.
    Negatives / Considerations
    Designed for bicycle.
    Easy to drop!
    Needs creative thinking to adapt for buggy.

    The Edge 200 is Garmin's bottom of the line bicycle computer.  It displays speed, time, distance, average speed and elevation (you can select between the last two being displayed on screen).  As a bike computer, it's perfect for sticking on the headstem of your bike and keeping track of how long and how far etc.  When you finish, hit 'stop' then 'save' and it will display 'ride saved to history'.  You can view all the stats (time, av speed, max speed, elevation gain/loss, splits etc) at any time you like.  Connect it to your PC (after downloading and installing Garmin Connect) and it will upload all the data to your page where you can see a google map of where you've been or zoom in to see any part of your elevation or speed statistics.   The Edge can store up to 130 hours of ride data which you can delete when necessary.  It's powered by a built in lithium battery which is said to last 14 hours.  I usually let it recharge after a couple of rides so I've never let it run down to test that spec out.

    Now while this is a dedicated bike computer, it shows everything I want for the buggy.  Plus the maps and a graph of my speeds - any weird errors would be pretty obvious when looking at the graph.  It's small (and a little slippery and easy to drop :blush: but bounces well....) and is really only designed to fit on it's own mount but with a bit of bodging, I think it's an ideal buggy gps.  

    It's not overly expensive at around the $150 mark and seems pretty accurate.  I left if on in my pocket while I drove the car home and over the course of 30km there was only one slight 25 meter detour on the map when I walked across to my lunch stop.  For the most part, it even had me on the right side of the road.

    There are 'course' options and a few other functions I haven't messed with, but it's not a GPS you'd take bushwalking.  More of a speedo.  It comes with two mounts which are designed to fit on round tubes with o-ring type rubber bands - it does and excellent job of holding it on my headstem.

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    But alas, I don't have the appropriate sized tube where I wish to put it on the Vmax.  A $10 wrist strap for mobile phones/ipod from JB Hifi easily fixes that....

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    It's a little small and slippery in the hand...

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    But the ease of accessing the data via Garmin Connect is excellent..

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    Now while I'm not that much into speed, it's always nice to be able to see a full screen speed display of your buggy/bike/run etc.  And you can zoom in to any bit too.

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    I think it makes an ideal buggy gps - just a pity the mounting system isn't a bit more versatile.  If you've got a bike then it makes a lot of sense to have the Edge 200 for double duty with the buggy.  If you're considering a gps for the buggy, this is worth considering, especially taking the price into account.



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    Chook

    Posted

    A great review John. Thanks for taking the time to get this info out there.:good:

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    .Joel

    Posted (edited)

    I'm looking at this and seriously wondering if BuggyBags could make a decent holder for it on the buggy.  

    Edit: Scrap that, it's weather proof!  I think you could easily get a 3D mount printed that will take some heavy duty bands to go around the downtube of a buggy.

    Edit2: @jhn.holgate can you use the device, then plot a lap course against it after it logs your travel?  From what I can see you can plot a course and it will auto-detect laps, however I would like to be able to fly for example from the life saving club out to the point and back, a few times, then when I get back and load it in to connect get an idea of how long each lap took.

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    Chook

    Posted

    Just a big countersunk tek screw through the guts of the mount into the swan neck of the new bug Joel.

    Come on mate toughen up a bit. :grin:

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    jhn.holgate

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    I'm looking at this and seriously wondering if BuggyBags could make a decent holder for it on the buggy.  

    Edit: Scrap that, it's weather proof!  I think you could easily get a 3D mount printed that will take some heavy duty bands to go around the downtube of a buggy.

    Edit2: @jhn.holgate can you use the device, then plot a lap course against it after it logs your travel?  From what I can see you can plot a course and it will auto-detect laps, however I would like to be able to fly for example from the life saving club out to the point and back, a few times, then when I get back and load it in to connect get an idea of how long each lap took.

    I think so, Joel.  I'm pretty sure that I read in the instructions you can pre determine where the split points are - and I think there's an 'auto lap' feature you can use.  Check p10 on the instructions here: Edge 200 instruction manual

    Some longer o rings might be able to fix it to the downtube.  Or fix the mount to some type of half round adapter than can be velcroed or bungeed to the downtube.  I'll see if I can get a pic of what I'm thinking up tomorrow....

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    .Joel

    Posted

    OK I'm sold, these things are small and awsome.  Here below as are some photos of a 3D printed mount, simply modifying the design to hug the downtube and printing them to the width of the top face of the downtube then zip-tie them is perfect.  

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    Chook

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    The locating lugs are top and bottom on Johns mount, but diagonally orientated on the printed one for some reason.

    That's a great solution Joel. My Etrex holder is zip tied (2 of) onto my Sysmic buggy and I've never had a problem.

     

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    jhn.holgate

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    You'd nearly get away with diagonal locating lugs but vertically located would be better,  The lugs are 9 o clock and 3 o clock on the unit so it's press in and turn 90 degrees.  It's a pretty stiff mount too - I thought about gluing the spare mount to the bug but I think it would twist off due to the turning force needed when mounting the unit.  

    @.Joel if you source any suitable mounting plates, let me know. 

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    Chook

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    Yes that's what I meant John the cross in the centre of the printed one is wrongly positioned for mounting lugs. The idea is sound though.

    Clips would end up sitting close to the entry point in both orientations.

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    .Joel

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    Mount style 1

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    Mount Style 2
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    I quite like mount style 1, a bit of double sided sticky foam on the back or tape and a couple of zip ties.

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    jhn.holgate

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    Ducked out to the shed before lunch and whipped up a adapter 'plate' for the Edge 200 mount out of a broken chair leg.  Planed a flat onto the bottom of it and chiseled a recess for the rubber bands to sit in.  A quick spray of satin black and voila, 15 minutes later, I can now mount the Edge to any flat surface.

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    Even though it 'locates' into the downtube bracket, it does need another strap/bungee/cable tie around the bottom.  

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    Chook

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    Nice effort.

    Why not on the vertical of the swan neck, so it's easier to view John?

    Smear the back of the mount with silicon and let it dry. Then you will have a surface that resists slipping. A bit of double sided tape would do as well.

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    jhn.holgate

    Posted

    Good thinking about the silicon, Chook.  I'll give that a whirl.  Will try it on the swan neck too.

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    jhn.holgate

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    I might also add that a very handy feature of this unit is the ability to hit the 'split' button.  So if you were testing several different kites on the same run, you could hit the split button when changing kites and get the stats for each different run.  Could be very useful.

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    jhn.holgate

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    I used the Garmin at Lake Lefroy, Cape Legrand & Fowlers Bay - all the google map plots seem to be accurate and speeds feel right.  I think in all I saved 7 different buggy sessions to download when I got home and it all went flawlessly.  The elevation went up and down a little on the beach....funny, I don't remember seeing any 2m high dunes when I was buggying....

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