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Garmin's new bike computers track riders in your pack

Engadget Engadget 13/07/2016 Jon Fingas
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If you like to bike in groups, you know that it's not always easy to keep everyone together. What if your miniature peloton has to split, or someone wipes out and you don't notice? Garmin wants to put your mind at ease. It's unveiling two cycling computers, the Edge 820 (shown at left) and Edge Explore 820 (right), with a GroupTrack feature that shows where everyone is regardless of how far apart they are. You'll also get a preloaded Cycle Map with bike-friendly data, a 2.3-inch touchscreen (smaller than on the Edge 810) and support for Garmin Varia gear like the Vision headset.

Both are available now, although you'll want to pick carefully depending on what you need. The base Edge Explore 820 costs $350 in the US. Spring for the $400 Edge 820 and you'll get ANT+ device support, deeper performance monitoring for aspects like max oxygen volume (if you have a heart rate strap) and mid-ride Strava challenges. If you're particularly hungry for cycling data, there's also a $500 Edge 820 bundle that includes cadence, heart and speed sensors.


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