Garmin has announced Edge Explore, an easy-to-use bicycle computer that comes with a touchscreen and features to help cyclists increase awareness in busy roads. The gizmo comes bike-specific maps, route suggestions and GPS that tracks how far, how fast, how high and where you ride.
“Whether riding on scenic countryside routes or to local shops and restaurants, the new Edge Explore will be there along the way,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.
“The 3-inch high-resolution touchscreen display is simple to set up and can be seen during any riding condition – in direct sunlight, on a cloudy day or even in the rain – meaning you’ll still get the directions you need without missing the great views.”
The pre-loaded maps come with turn-by-turn navigation and a TrackBack feature which makes it easy to return home if you stray away from your planned route. Before heading out users can explore and download suggestions for routes based via the Course Creator in Garmin Connect. This uses Trendline’s most popular route suggestions from other Garmin cyclists.
When it comes to safety features, Edge Explore plays nice with Garmin Varia products. This means you can pair it with the RTL511 bike radar for alerts on traffic coming from behind, up to 140 meters away. The UT800 smart light lights up the road ahead of you and adjusts to your speed. If you happen to be in an unfortunate accident, Edge Explore will automatically send your location to pre-selected emergency contacts.
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As you’d expect, there are also some features to keep you connected on the go. Text messages will display on the screen and the bike computer comes with LiveTrack, GroupTrack and rider-to-rider messaging.
Edge Explore comes with a battery life in GPS mode of up to 12 hours. Look for it to land in Q3 for a suggested retail price of $249.99.
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