Garmin Buys Power Meter Company Metrigear - More Biking Capabilities

I tweeted about this last week (Follow us on Twitter) but thought I would add the news here; Garmin is adding to its bicycling mecca of capabilities in buying power meter upstart MetriGear, who is readying the Vector power meter for a pending market launch. The ANT+ based power meter will add to the cadence and heart rate monitor sensors that report back to the Edge family of bike computers.


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The Vector solution is a pedal based product that houses the sensor and an externally mounted battery pack, allowing it to go about 20 hours between charges, and can easily be moved from bike to bike according to their website. The power meters are currently designed for road bikes and will provide a steady stream of power output +/- 1.5% along your ride. Of course, Garmin Connect will be handling the data set and analysis of your trips. Sounds like a solid addition to the Garmin franchise that has seen a strong surge of support with their Garmin Bike Team sponsorship, their consistent product launches, and their continued positive business results in the fitness segment.

More at Garmin Blog

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September 22, 2010

Fisica Heart Rate Monitor Adapter for iPhone - Get HRM Data in Fitness Apps

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There is almost no end to the things you can do with a smartphone these days, and GPS tracking for fitness activities is a popular use for these increasingly sophisticated applications. The iPhone has a pack full or fitness applications, and now there is an easy way to get your heart rate monitor (HRM) data into the iPhone App with the Fisica Fitness Key or the Fisica Fitness Case from Wahoo Fitness.

The Fisica ANT+ compatible receivers can pull in HRM, Cadence, and foot pod data into numerous applications across the fitness category in what appears to be a new standard for App developers. Already there are more than three dozen applications that use the Fisica adapter technology, with more on the way.Fisica_iphone_case.jpg

  • Fisica Fitness Key - plugs right in the bottom of your iPhone/iPod Touch to pull in the fitness sensor data. The fitness key is available now.
  • Fisica Fitness Case - wraps your iPhone in a water resistant storm proof case that also acts as a mount. The case ships in November.

Because the Fisica receivers are ANT+ compatible, they work well in a growing community of sensor products including: Garmin, Timex, Cycle-ops, SRM, Metrigear, Adidas, Quarg, as well as their own set of Wahoo sensors.

The MapMyFitness family of Apps work with the Fisica products; I have been using the MapMyRide App (iTunes Link) more and more lately and like it a lot. It captures my rides, easily uploads them to their free website service where I can also search for other rides in my area and keep a record of my training.

More at Wahoo Fitness

Full Press Release below......

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August 27, 2010

Garmin Edge 800 New Touchscreen Bike Computer

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Garmin has announced a great looking new Edge 800 GPS based touchscreen bike computer that looks to be a big step up in capabilities, notable adding Birdseye satellite imagery and touchscreen capabilities. The Edge 800 interacts with Garmin Basecamp software where you can plan rides and then download them to the Edge 800. If your ride partners have a wireless capable GPS, you can then beam the route to them via Garmi's wireless sharing feature. Compatible Fitness units include the Edge 705 and 605, along with the Garmin Oregon series, Dakota 20 and the older Colorado series handheld units.

I use a Colorado 400t when biking to which I have added City Navigator NT maps so I can navigate roads. Sure it's big, but it handles on and off road biking nicely. With a heart rate monitor and a handlebar mount I can ride, explore and always navigate home. This summer I have been using the Birdseye satellite imagery when I ride and have found that I have come to depend on it. The experience is much better when I can navigate across roads with the satellite imagery versus the regular City NT street maps. The context gives you a better sense of what's around you and where you are in your ride. I see the addition of the Birdseye imagery as a positive step for the Edge series.

On top of the Birdseye satellite imagery, the Edge 800 will come with a long list of capabilities that people have come to expect on a bike computer. The Edge 800 accurately tracks speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent. The Edge 800 syncs with garmin Heart Rate Monitors, and cadence sensors plus third party power meters all through their ANT+ wireless technology. Further, the Edge 800 has a barometric altimeter for extra sensitive ascent and descent readings.

You Mountain bike? Add TOPO maps for a good offroad look and feel of where you are going. Yea it will work and bring back all the data you'd come to expect.

Available for $449 in a standalone model, and a $649 bundle that adds City Navigator NT street maps, their new Heart Rate Monitor strap and cadence sensors.

Read an early review by BikeRadar and see the Garmin Product Page for the Edge 800

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August 26, 2010

Garmin Edge 705 Bundle On Sale - $519 @ REI

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I am a pretty avid biker, mostly road biking but a fair amount of mountain biking too. When I reviewed the Edge 705, I thought it was a data hound's dream. Mapping, data capture and the ability to easily see all kinds of information at your fingertips; speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, and climb and descent.

Once you ride, you can come back, download the ride to your computer and participate in the Garmin Connect Community; share rides, track your training and more.

REI has a Labor Day Sale on Starting TOMORROW for a Garmin 705 Deluxe Bundle - Heart Rate Monitor, wireless Cadence monitor, Street Maps for the US, and a pair of mounts (Road and mountain Bike!). The Price is $519, down from $649.

At REI

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March 30, 2010

Garmin Introduces the Forerunner 110

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Garmin announced another Garmin Forerunner, the new Forerunner 110, an entry level fitness watch that offers some nice features in a really compact size. The Forerunner 110 captures the classic details via GPS, like pace, but also can be paired with a heart rate monitor for an extra level of data and insight into your fitness.

Water-resistant and slimmer than any other GPS-enabled fitness watch on the market, Forerunner 110 boasts a high-sensitivity SiRFstarIV GPS receiver with Garmin's HotFix® technology to quickly acquire and sustain satellite reception, perfect for wooded trails under dense trees or in the urban canyons of skyscrapers.

"Forerunner 110 fills the needs of runners of all levels by focusing on simplicity without sacrificing accuracy," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Within seconds of stepping outside, you simply press start and instantly know your distance, pace and time - all without any complicated setup or excessive accessories."

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The data (up to 200 hours of it) can also be downloaded to your computer and uploaded to Garmin Connect via the Forerunner's USB connection. The USB connection is made via a clip that hits a series of contact points on the back of the Forerunner 110 (see above). This clip also charges the device. Garmin Connect displays metrics such as time, distance, speed, elevation and heart rate. This information is shown through charts, illustrations, reports and a variety of map representations including street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps as well as the popular Google Earth application.

Full press release below..... and see the Forerunner 110 MiniSite

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March 17, 2010

Garmin Edge 500 Bike Computer Gets the Team Garmin Argyle Traeatment


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Garmin is skinning the their Garmin Edge 500 cycling computer with the team colors - argyle in honor of the Team Garmin biking colors. The team that features Christian Vendevelde will unveil the new design along with a more calm black and white treatment in May at the Tour de California.

Looks like a nice design on the Edge that is a solid performance minded biking computer. It is a low profile bike GPS that has data galore, and no on screen mapping. The unit tracks speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent; the latter is facilitated by a barometric altimeter in the Edge 500.

The blue and White version is available at Amazon Now - Garmin Edge 500

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February 23, 2010

Garmin Forerunner 305 - $152 at Amazon - Running and Biking GPS

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The Garmin Forerunner 305 has been a long standing, well performing GPS trainer for a lot of runners and bikers alike. I continue to find that people enjoy training and keep ing track of that training with a GPS enabled device, which allows them to not only track mileage but also pace, heart rate, and route on the map. With communities like Garmin Connect , you can upload your data to share the route with others, while also finding out about new routes in what ever area you are in or going to.

The Garmin Forerunner 305 comes with a heart rate monitor and a design that allows it to grab and lock onto satellite signals quickly and reliably. I have used it successfully to bike with too. With the optional Garmin Forerunner Bike Mount, you can mount the forerunner on your handlebars.


Spring running and biking is here - get out there and go.

At Amazon - Garmin Forerunner 305

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September 1, 2009

Garmin Edge 500 - Performance Bike GPS Computer with Altimeter

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Garmin has announced a new low profile bike GPS that will be targeted at performance minded cyclists, with data galore, and no on screen mapping. The unit tracks speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent; the latter is facilitated by a barometric altimeter in the Edge 500. Like the Edge 705, the Edge 500 will have ANT+ wireless technology which syncs with third party power meters and Garmin's heart rate monitor and cadence meters. In the cool department, the Edge 500 also changes time zones automatically, and shows temperature readings. A quarter turn mounts and dismounts the unit on the handlebars. No doubt this will be on the Team Garmin-Slipstream's handlebars in the coming months.

The Garmin Edge 500 has a suggested retail price of $249.99. When bundled with a heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor, Edge 500 has a suggested retail price of $349.99. It will be out around the ed of the year.

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August 7, 2009

Map My Ride - Track Rides and Runs with iPhone

If you are into keeping track of your runs or rides, you may want to check out MapMyRide or MapMyRun - a website and smart phone application that allows you to map out where you ran or rode, and then upload it to keep track of it and share. The community has a lot of existing rides and runs to share, which makes exploring new areas a lot easier. I like to compare the ides around my area for some new extensions or simply better riding conditions that what I already know. The widget below can get you started on a ride search.

More at MapMyRide.com


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July 3, 2009

Garmin Edge 705 - How To Video Series

Garmin is kicking off a How To series for the Edge 705 bike GPS and Computer. Sure they are basic, but that's the point. Think of it as the video based version of the fold out Quick Guide that comes in the box anyway with these things. I reviewed the Garmin Edge 705 a year ago just before the Tour de France and liked it a lot. If I could justify the price for yet another GPS in this household, I would have snapped it up in an instant. Watch this video and it will offer up related videos that teach about HRM and starting up the Edge for a ride.

If you aren't following the Tour this year, you should. It should be exciting with the return of Lance, and a very competitive Team Garmin/Slipstream with their impressive depth of riders.

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