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Tech Cycling navigation buying advice needed... (Garmin Edge Touring)

Discussion in 'Cycling Department Forum' started by Rokas Charlapavičius, Aug 5, 2017.

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    Rokas Charlapavičius New Member

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    Hello, I'm thinking of buying a Garmin Edge Touring, primarily for navigation and exploring (which is the most important thing for me). My questions would be: are anyone of you using it and what's your experience with it? Does it do what it's supposed to do well? Or maybe someone will pop up with a better suggestion?

    Waiting for your thoughts and advice... Thank you.
     
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    Bram Senior Member

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    Hey Rokas,

    I was having the same question last year and I eventually went for the 520 Edge version. Simple device that does the job perfectly.

    Is the touring able to recalculates routes on the fly?
     
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    Rokas Charlapavičius New Member

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    I'm doing my homework. As I understand Edge Touring can and Edge 520 can't, can it? (apparently, as shown in the spec tables under ''round-trip routing'' section on their website). Is that the choice I would have to make - between making routes manually or mostly automatically? Would there be any advantage in automatic? Or would auto-planning just send me into a ditch and it's better to do manual planning?
     
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    The 520 can't recalculate GPS routes. You just define them up front, upload it to the device and it will guide you around perfectly to the millimeter :).

    I make my routes via strava and i must say I really enjoy doing this. Looking for that awesome backroad nobody has been driving before instead of going over the paved roads that everybody has been doing.

    I fear that with automatic created routes you only get to ride the most used roads, which in my experience are the most boring routes. At least here in the NL. There is so much more to discover.
     
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    Rokas Charlapavičius New Member

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    @Bram I reckon you're right about the routing and planning. Because for me the main objective is to not get completely lost and without having a clue on how to get back - hence the need for navigation. Plus planning on your own is indeed fun - I've done it a few times already. And so I'm leaning towards that Edge 520.
     

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