Riding for the Edge…

Riding for the Edge.

Titles are meant to catch your attention, even if the rest of the piece is of questionable interest. But now that I have your attention……

I set off for my customary Monday morning ride and my phone rings.

-Frank, that Garmin Edge 1000 you were inquiring about….well, I’ve got it here. I can let you have it for £150. When would you like to pick it up?

I need a cycling GPS with mapping and navigation, and an Edge 1000 would normally retail at about £350. I’ve finally decided the simplicity of the breadcrumb trail on my Edge 200 is just not enough, especially when crossing urban areas with complicated networks of cycle paths.

I was about to head west for a couple of hours, but Hilton was in the opposite direction, about 25 miles east.

-Great. OK, change of plan, I’m heading out your way. I’ll be with you in about an hour and a half…….what’s your address?

When I get there, he invites me into his workshop. He’s a retired engineer who has built himself a cycle repair workshop in his garden, which satisfies two important needs: it generates a bit of income but, more importantly, it keeps him busy. He just loves fettling bikes…..and is a bike rider himself, who likes to head off with his wife on fully-supported bike rides in far-off countries. Almost a man after my own heart…….just forget the ‘fully-supported’ bit.

I get home with the Edge 1000 and begin sifting through the User’s Manual online…….it’s infinitely more complicated than my old Edge 200………..sigh!

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on July 24, 2018, in Cycling UK and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Breadcrumb trail?? Please translate?

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  2. On devices that have no mapping, you can still download a route, but only follow a trail on the the screen.

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  3. I use a Wahoo Elemnt simply because it will plug and play but it also has a big screen for those with ageing compromised vision! 😉

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  4. Is that the one that links to your phone?

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