A long ride is a great way to take refuge from the stress of daily life, but that enjoyment can vanish pretty quickly if you come to and discover that you're actually pretty lost, it's getting dark, and food supplies are exhausted. Mount Garmin's Edge 1000 Bike Computer onto your bars, though, and you'll be able to see where you are on a map and find out how to get home, or at least make the dreaded "I'm lost, can you pick me up?" phone call, order a pizza while you wait, and share the whole ordeal instantly on social media.
The Edge 1000 is capable of just about everything, so it's not some small, super-sleek device. It's about the size of a smartphone, but the large touchscreen enables you to see and use the mapping feature, easily toggle between race, training, road, mountain, and cyclocross modes. You can choose a category for every ride, so the Edge will keep your different disciplines separate, eliminating any confusion. It tracks and records all the usual cycling-specific info, and also has connectivity up the wazoo, so you can link to heart-rate monitors, Android and iOS phones, Shimano's Di2 electronic drivetrain, Garmin Connect, ANT+ enabled devices, and every social media platform imaginable. Sharing your ride data with friends and coaches, taking texts and calls on the go, and checking the weather are just some of the benefits of this enhanced connectivity.
At its heart, though, the Edge 1000 is a GPS unit, and its real-time mapping capabilities are top-notch. You can select a pre-chosen route, design your own, or just go out and ride, and the Edge will record your movement, show you where to go, and store it all so you can look at it later. The included USB cable makes it easy to upload everything to your laptop (although you can also view everything in the Garmin mobile app). The Edge accepts microSD cards, and it has up to 15 hours of battery life, so you won't miss a detail. It's fully waterproof, the touchscreen is designed to work with gloves, and it includes an out-front handlebar mount to keep it secure and easy to see when you're in the saddle.