Garmin's latest GPS bike navigator models named the Edge Touring are available in two different models - the Edge Touring and the Edge Touring Plus.
The Edge Touring Plus includes a barometric altimeter that will display elevation details and ascent and decent information. Furthermore only the Plus model is compatible with a wireless ANT+ heart rate monitor.
Both systems include a compass and are also waterproof and built specifically for use on a bike. They both feature a 6.6cm glove friendly touchscreen and include an OSM Cycle map for 25 European countries. There are also three different modes for different types of cycling and two ways to choose your route which are via destination or distance cycled.
Garmin Edge Touring - £199.99
Garmin Edge Touring Plus - £239.99
The Edge Touring is a GPS navigation device for cyclists which includes a map of Europe for cyclists. The Garmin Edge Touring range comprises of two models. These are the Garmin Edge Touring and Garmin Edge Touring Plus. The difference between the two models is the Plus version includes a Barometric Altimeter providing you with elevation, ascent and descent information. The Plus is also compatible with the wireless ANT+ heart rate monitor. Furthermore only the Plus model will display and record temperature whilst you ride.
The Edge Touring systems are both built to be installed on a bike. They are waterproof to IPX7 standards and they have a battery life of 17 hours.
This bike-specific navigator has a 6.6cm touchscreen display which is also glove friendly. The European mapping provided on this GPS cyclists device is specific to bikes allowing for both on-road and off-road navigation. In fact, there are 3 modes to select from with this device. These are:
‣Cycling - Paved roads
‣Tour cycling - unpaved roads
‣Mountain biking - paths and trails
There are two ways to choose your route with the Edge Touring. These are by ‘destination’ or by ‘distance’. With destination you can select from addresses and cyclist points of interest as your destination and you can choose multiple places to visit along the same single route. Secondly you can choose your route by distance. This includes round trip routing which offers up to three ride options whereby you can choose from 3 alternative routes. You can also select to plan rest stops, find attractions and more. You will receive bike-specific turn-by-turn directions on your Edge Touring system too throughout your chosen route.
Both systems include a compass. However only the Touring Plus model includes a Barometric Altimeter. This altimeter will display and record elevation data so you can either view it instantly or download and view it on a computer. It also shows total ascent, total descent and gradient information.
There is a free online Garmin community where you can share and download routes. These are Garmin Connect and Garmin Adventures. You can also customise downloaded routes or create new rides.
Garmin Edge Touring Features
‣6.6-cm touchscreen which is glove friendly
‣Includes cyclist specific map of Europe
‣Plus model only includes Barometric Altimeter with elevation and ascent and descent information
‣Plus model only includes temperature information
‣Choose route by destination, point of interest or distance or ride
‣Round trip routing offers choice of 3 alternative routes
‣Waterproof standard: IPX7 (one metre of water for 30 minutes)
‣Up to 17 hours of battery life via rechargeable lithium-ion battery
‣microSD card slot available for storage of workout data and additional map detail
‣Plus model only compatible with wireless ANT+ heart rate monitor
‣1 Year manufacturers guarantee
The Edge Touring and Touring Plus both come supplied with a pre-programmed SD card with OSM coverage for the following twenty-five (25) countries:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Vatican City
What's in the box? (when purchased from ActiveGPS.co.uk)
Both versions of the Garmin Edge Touring models include the following:
‣Garmin Edge Touring / Touring Plus
‣Quarter-turn bike mount
‣Garmin cycling map on microSD card (pre-inserted in Edge)
‣Quick Start Manual
Garmin Edge Touring Accessories
Looking for accessories and spares for the Garmin Edge Touring? All parts are genuine Garmin product and specifically designed for use with the Garmin cycle GPS Edge Touring device.
Garmin Edge Touring Maps
Discover the optional range of maps that you can add to the Garmin Edge Touring here.
Garmin Edge Touring Questions and Answers
Question: I have a Garmin Edge Touring. If I purchase the City Maps will I still be able to see & use the default cycle maps. If yes will they be overlaid or would I need to select one or the other from a menu?
Answer: Only one map is available to view at any one time. So no, you cannot overlay City Navigator maps with the default cycle maps, only choose to view and use one or the other.
Question: I am looking to buy an SD card for my Garmin Touring GPS with mapping for (cycling in) South Africa. I have found the Garmin website UTTERLY unhelpful! I was wondering if you could assist, please?
Answer: You have a choice of two maps:
1. Street-level road maps, perfect if you are cycling on roads in South Africa. These are priced at £84.99 and come preloaded on SD/microSD card.
2. Topographic maps which we don't stock as standard, but can special order in (approx. 7-10 days). These are priced at £79.99 and come preloaded on SD/microSD card.
Question: I have the Garmin Touring with preloaded maps, if I plot a route on the device itself, it will always avoid A roads and take me on some very strange routes. I am aware that it is designed to keep me on quieter roads, but I want to use the most direct routes between towns etc. I know how to use the routing options, but these do not change the issue I have, which is I ant to navigate by A roads, dual carriageways etc. will the Gity navigator map from Garmin solve the problem?
Answer: I believe it will be down to a setting within the menu of your Garmin Edge Touring bike sat nav. I would recommend you either consult the manual and/or contact Garmin UK on 0808 238 0000 to find the setting you need to change.
Buying the Garmin City Navigator maps will provide you with the latest street-level detail.
Do you have a question about the Garmin Edge Touring? Submit your question via our contact page.
Garmin Edge Touring Technical Specification
‣Display size: 3.6 x 5.5-cm ; 6.6cm diag
‣Display resolution: 160 x 240 pixels
‣Display type: Colour LCD touchscreen
‣Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion
‣Battery life: up to 17 hours
‣Dimensions: Width - 5.1cm, Height - 9.3cm, Depth - 2.5cm
‣Garmin Edge Touring manual
Manual requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download a free copy here.
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Page updated: 10th April 2017