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    Looking to purchase a new Garmin cycling computer.

    My Edge 500 finally bit the dust. One button on the left side doesn't work, and the battery won't make it two hours anymore. I have been using my Forerunner 945 watch, but I miss just looking straight down at a cycling computer.

    Last weekend I was lost so I got my phone out to see exactly where I was, and where I needed to be to get back on track. So I could see some sort of navigation being useful.

    I've had time to watch one review of the Edge Explore cycling computer, it looks cool. I see the 1030 is on sale for $399.00, or about $150.00 more than the Explore. When I get time I'll try and watch a review of that one.

    Any recommendations based on personal experience?
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    By now the 1030 is probably out of Public Beta. For $399, if you don't mind a Garmin, I'd say it is a nice buy. It is very large, FWIW. Which is nice for navigation and font size...OTOH it does best resemble a full on smartphone (say early iPhones) in how big/chunky the case it.

    Of course....given that that device was originally $599, and they're still making money selling it for 40% off shows just what the profit margin is on those devices.
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    Going from a 500 to a 1000-Series might be size shock for you...

    I had a 500 way back, loved my 520 when I switched to it. I got a deal on a 520-Plus when the 530 came out, it's pretty much 520 + full maps and it's okay although for some reason I still like the 520 more. The 530 might fit your bill.

    I find that routing/maps on the "smaller" 520 size screen is fine. But I'm usually following a route line, not looking at street names, etc. And to be honest zooming in and out is a bit of a pain. So if looking at a good map is a requirement, maybe the 1030 is indeed a good thing for you to take a look at.

    As you surely already know, everything you need to know about all the Garmins is on dcrainmaker.

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    I was reading something about it needing a firmware upgrade to match the 830? I wonder why the 830 isn't on sale. I only have limited time here at work to research, I'll be able to look more later tonight after my bike ride.
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    I've had the 1030 since shortly after it came out - love it, not missing anything that I would want that it doesn't do. It's been updated to match the 830 features, many of which I think are pretty gimicy and after trying probably won't use. The big screen and the menu system are awesome, battery life as advertised. If I was shopping again for a computer I'd buy it for sure. Used it for Navigation on long events like DK200 and it's awesome.
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    I am using an 820 now. It worked fine my me. There are probably many features I don't use but I really want maps and real turn directions so it works for me

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    Had the wife order me the 530 for my birthday. I wanted the Edge Explore, but it doesn't have a barometric altimeter and a couple of other minor features. I wouldn't have minded a touch screen, but I do a lot of cycling with gloves on that may not have worked so well, so I'll live without that.
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    Love my 1030 for road riding and would never go back to the small screens


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