There are a lot of GPS bike computers on the market and I was quickly overwhelmed, but I decided to keep it (slightly more) simple and stick with Garmin products; admittedly, partially because Sam had already received in trade a Garmin Edge 500. Garmin has an array of products to choose from anyway, and that was enough to give way to hours of seeking out information. The most primary concern for me was that the computer not be overly complicated. I know there are many who enjoy widgets, apps, and the like of today, and while they certainly have their place, I didn't want to be in the middle of a ride and be confused about how to do anything with the bike computer.
|Garmin Edge 200 (left) and Garmin Edge 500 (right)|
|Garmin 200 main menu|
The 200 has the ability to save courses for future rides, but admittedly I am not one to use this option as I prefer to freestyle and go where the wind takes me most of the time. However, it is a nice feature to have if an individual wanted to follow a specific course on a ride. The "History" section is obviously a place for the history of your rides until they are downloaded/uploaded. Garmin has its own website to keep track of your rides (I have not used this service), or you can upload to Strava and keep track of your progress through that service.
|Garmin 500 main menu|
This is obviously not an all-inclusive review of these two units, but I think having even basic information about the two is helpful. There are a lot of reviews to be found about each of these - as well as many other GPS devices online and through helpful bike friends. If you have really awesome bikey friends, they may even let you try theirs out for a bit before making an ultimate decision, as one of the biggest differences in the two models is the price point. The 500 is frequently found at almost twice the price of the 200, which in the end is what caused me to gravitate toward the "lesser" model. Since I don't use a heart rate monitor, nor a cadence sensor, it seemed excessive to spend more merely for the ability to have a more accurate feet climbed reading. Others may have completely different thoughts on that matter, which I can respect, but the 200 is doing what I wanted it to do - to keep me on track with how far I've traveled and my average pace. If I were to do it again, I think if I were able to find the 500 at a closer-to-the-200 price point, I would perhaps consider it, but ultimately I am happy with the 200 as a functional, easy to read-and-use device.