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  • Bike-specific maps preloaded in Edge Touring make it easy to get from point A to point B and back again; simply search for points of interest for turn-by-turn directions
  • Choose between cycling, touring and mountain biking modes to calculate the most appropriate route, taking you on paved roads, unpaved roads or on paths and trails
  • With round-trip routing, you can tell Edge Touring how far you'd like to ride and then choose from up to 3 ride options that will bring you back to where you started
  • User-friendly interface makes it easy to plan rest stops or stop at cyclist-specific points of interest like bathrooms, cafes or full-service bike shops
  • Don't have a specific destination in mind? Search for rides others have completed on Garmin Connect™ or Garmin Adventures and download them to follow on your next ride
  • Edge Touring also records where you ride so you can upload your activities to Garmin Connect or Garmin Adventures and relive them whenever you want or share with friends
  • Large 2.6 in. color touch screen displays info in an easily accessible and navigable format; touchscreen is resistive, so you can still use it with gloves or in wet conditions
  • Unit measures 3.7 x 2.0 x 1.0 in.; display area is 2.6 in. diag. (2.2 x 1.4 in.), and 220 x 176 pixels; screen is readable in daylight
  • Low-profile, tool-free bike mount attaches easily to your stem or handlebar and can be removed or switched to another bike easily
  • Rechargeable internal lithium ion battery lasts up to 17 hrs. with typical use; recharge with included USB cable
  • Water resistant to IPX7 standards (one meter of water for 30 min.)
  • The Garmin Touring GPS wireless bike computer comes with bike mount, USB cable, pre-inserted microSD card with cycling maps and quick start manual

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Specs

Best Use Cycling
GPS Tracking Yes
Current Speed Yes
Maximum Speed Yes
Average Speed Yes
Odometer Yes
Trip Distance Yes
Auto Start/Stop Yes
Clock Yes
Lap Timer Yes
Altimeter No
Exercise Log Yes
Illumination Backlight
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Batteries Rechargeable lithium ion
Battery Life 17 hours
Wireless Yes
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No EdgeTouring For Me I took this unit on a 1 week tour of the Danube Bike Path and it failed miserably. Although it did show my position on the map I found my phone much better for this purpose.so much so I taped to my handlebars after 2 days. The POIs are limited, not anywhere near as good as my phone's and, for the cost, this unit is overpriced. After the ride I returned it. Also, I had no computer to plug it into to recharge it.. Design it to charge from a wall socket and include a charger for the price you are charging.They threw this together without thought, Garmin could have done better. If they upgrade I may reconsider purchasing one.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lots of potential, room for improvement All of the data it provides is very useful, I love it to track where I am in a race or just on a day out biking. I did expect accuracy closer to 3-5 meters, I usually get over 5 meters which is not what I had hoped. Also the ability to create way points would be great. This unit could be a fantastic biking and hiking multi sport unit with very little tweaking. with a few changes I would have given this 5 stars. I am putting yes I would recommend but I would explain the pros and cons first and make sure they look at other units. Also it is frustrating that neither this model nor the plus model can connect to the Virb
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Expected a lot more from Garmin I have had my Garmin for over a year now. When trying to follow a route if you do anything that is different from the route you downloaded the GPS will keep telling you to turn around and go back to where you missed the turn. Even many miles down and on the route. It has frozen up on me several times where I had to reboot. It also suggests you to go different than the route to make your trip shorter. If Garmin was to improve the software it could be a good unit. I would switch if there was something better. The unit does orenitate to the direction you are traveling which is nice.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't leave home without it I bought this for a European tour that covered 9 countries. I already had the Europe chip (micro-SD) for my car computer, and just plugged it in the slot. I can honestly say that we would not have completed the tour without the GPS - we'd have spent so much time poring over maps at every intersection (and there were thousands of intersections) that I'd have gotten discouraged and quit. Having a GPS on the bike on unfamiliar roads, especially as complex as those in Europe, is no longer a luxury for me. I'd no more leave the GPS home than I would leave the crankset off the bike. A GPS is not a panacea; the databases aren't perfect, etc. Use a map (somewhere in the 1:250,000 scale range) to plan your trip while in the hotel or campsite. Use the GPS to navigate while you ride. I never had to get a map out of the pannier once on this trip. Once at your destination, delete all those waypoints and start planning the next day. You will probably NOT get satisfactory results by just punching in "take me to Berlin", for example. Sometimes it works, usually not. Instead, plan your route with the help of a map, and put waypoints all along the route. Placing a waypoint just after each important intersection works well, then you can see you need to turn as you get close.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for general touring First, you must decide what you are looking for in a GPS. So far, only used for road/touring. Can't attest to the off-road functionality. I have had it about 4 weeks. I just ride. I don't care about heart rate or vo2 or any of that. The basic GPS functions are accurate. If you start the device roughly near where you last powered it down, it will lock GPS fairly quickly. Might take a minute longer if you drove the car to the next start point. I always save a “home base” location so I can tell the unit to take me home if necessary. The map/navigation is not perfect, but it is very good. Remember that it is using a fixed map file with no apple/android on the fly updates. The maps can be updated at the garmin site. I often use it in “map mode” . No directions, just telling me where I am. As a touring rider, battery life was the heart of my research. A 10 hour ride (tracking, not turn by turn) and the device consumed abut 75% of power. The battery is fixed ( not AA or AAA etc) which could be an issue for touring. I bought a powermonkey kit when I bought the GPS (battery w/ solar and wall charger). The device shuts down when connected to a computer for data transfer, but I can confirm that the unit will continue to run and navigate when the powermonkey is plugged in on the bike. I have also ran the GPS to zero for the purpose of remote recharge. Using only the provided interface information, the powermonkey will charge the GPS from zero to full with about half of the reserve used. If you just want to ride, the Edge Touring is for you. If you need external fitness data, Probably should upgrade.
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from About 10 years behind in technology of a car gps The one thing this gps unit does good is show you what street you're on. It shows where you are on the map. Thats the only thing it does good. If you want to find a route using POIs, it is inadequate. Using google maps, I was 12 miles from a grocery store. This unit said the nearest store was 58 miles away. Using common sense and riding towards the city, I could have found a store less than 58 miles away. You can create routes using Garmin connect and download them to this unit. But while riding YOUR route, the unit will try to make you go off your route and onto major streets. I can't figure out why it doesn't follow the routes that I've created. Its pretty hard to figure out. There are not good instructions. If you are lost and are trying to scroll through the maps, this is really slow. The reason I bought this was for the POIs. I'm pretty sure that it will be returned back to REI. I'll wait for a newer better version to come out.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for going from point A to point B My wife and I are using the Garmin Edge Touring while touring in Belgium, France and Germany. We just purchased it 3 weeks ago at the start of our trip. This is our first experience with using GPS to navigate by bike. Pros: It is very useful for getting us from point A to point B on our bike in a foreign country. I have not had to purchase any maps. Last week we decided to bike through the center of Paris. The Garmin had no trouble getting us to the center and then out the other side on bike routes. We found it best to use the feature that we found by accident, It is not found in the instructions. If you tap at the top of the map while riding the Garmin will give line by line turning instructions. Once we found that, that is all we have on. This way if it tells you that you have 15 km before the next turn you can ignore all the roundabouts and intersections and just stay on the same road. Cons: Poor instructions. I pull a trailer and selected no dirt roads or trails. While we were riding through national forests or parks in France it consistently wanted us to get on a trial or forest service road. The roads were not bad, but no GPS signal under a thick canopy. The trail were not suitable for touring.
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not adequate for bike touring If you want a GPS unit that will track your fitness for a route you do over and over, this is the unit for you. If you want to develop a route to follow with this unit and follow it EXACTLY by starting at the beginning of the route and finishing at the end of the route, it is the unit for you. If you go off your route, it will make all sorts of recommendations on how to get back on the route. However, while this is a nice feature, it is extremely limiting for bike touring. If you want to start in the middle of a route or do a route in reverse, no go. If you have to detour around say road construction, it will not help you find an alternative route. I wanted a unit that I can load and use a .gpx file as a track, not a route. A track is simply a line on a map which you can follow or not follow, come in at any point, do it backwards, find my own way around a road outage. A track does not do any computing for you or recalculating. It shows you your current location on the roads in the vicinity you are in, and the track (which may or may not be in the vicinity you are in). If you want a similar capability, do not consider the Edge Touring unit.
Date published: 2014-04-27
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Does the Garmin Edge 250 have a temperature gauge?

Asked by: StanS
This Garmin device does not provide temperature readings. A Garmin Edge 1000 (which we are not stocking currently) has this functionality, but at a higher price point (MSRP $599).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from No EdgeTouring For Me I took this unit on a 1 week tour of the Danube Bike Path and it failed miserably. Although it did show my position on the map I found my phone much better for this purpose.so much so I taped to my handlebars after 2 days. The POIs are limited, not anywhere near as good as my phone's and, for the cost, this unit is overpriced. After the ride I returned it. Also, I had no computer to plug it into to recharge it.. Design it to charge from a wall socket and include a charger for the price you are charging.They threw this together without thought, Garmin could have done better. If they upgrade I may reconsider purchasing one.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lots of potential, room for improvement All of the data it provides is very useful, I love it to track where I am in a race or just on a day out biking. I did expect accuracy closer to 3-5 meters, I usually get over 5 meters which is not what I had hoped. Also the ability to create way points would be great. This unit could be a fantastic biking and hiking multi sport unit with very little tweaking. with a few changes I would have given this 5 stars. I am putting yes I would recommend but I would explain the pros and cons first and make sure they look at other units. Also it is frustrating that neither this model nor the plus model can connect to the Virb
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Expected a lot more from Garmin I have had my Garmin for over a year now. When trying to follow a route if you do anything that is different from the route you downloaded the GPS will keep telling you to turn around and go back to where you missed the turn. Even many miles down and on the route. It has frozen up on me several times where I had to reboot. It also suggests you to go different than the route to make your trip shorter. If Garmin was to improve the software it could be a good unit. I would switch if there was something better. The unit does orenitate to the direction you are traveling which is nice.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't leave home without it I bought this for a European tour that covered 9 countries. I already had the Europe chip (micro-SD) for my car computer, and just plugged it in the slot. I can honestly say that we would not have completed the tour without the GPS - we'd have spent so much time poring over maps at every intersection (and there were thousands of intersections) that I'd have gotten discouraged and quit. Having a GPS on the bike on unfamiliar roads, especially as complex as those in Europe, is no longer a luxury for me. I'd no more leave the GPS home than I would leave the crankset off the bike. A GPS is not a panacea; the databases aren't perfect, etc. Use a map (somewhere in the 1:250,000 scale range) to plan your trip while in the hotel or campsite. Use the GPS to navigate while you ride. I never had to get a map out of the pannier once on this trip. Once at your destination, delete all those waypoints and start planning the next day. You will probably NOT get satisfactory results by just punching in "take me to Berlin", for example. Sometimes it works, usually not. Instead, plan your route with the help of a map, and put waypoints all along the route. Placing a waypoint just after each important intersection works well, then you can see you need to turn as you get close.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for general touring First, you must decide what you are looking for in a GPS. So far, only used for road/touring. Can't attest to the off-road functionality. I have had it about 4 weeks. I just ride. I don't care about heart rate or vo2 or any of that. The basic GPS functions are accurate. If you start the device roughly near where you last powered it down, it will lock GPS fairly quickly. Might take a minute longer if you drove the car to the next start point. I always save a “home base” location so I can tell the unit to take me home if necessary. The map/navigation is not perfect, but it is very good. Remember that it is using a fixed map file with no apple/android on the fly updates. The maps can be updated at the garmin site. I often use it in “map mode” . No directions, just telling me where I am. As a touring rider, battery life was the heart of my research. A 10 hour ride (tracking, not turn by turn) and the device consumed abut 75% of power. The battery is fixed ( not AA or AAA etc) which could be an issue for touring. I bought a powermonkey kit when I bought the GPS (battery w/ solar and wall charger). The device shuts down when connected to a computer for data transfer, but I can confirm that the unit will continue to run and navigate when the powermonkey is plugged in on the bike. I have also ran the GPS to zero for the purpose of remote recharge. Using only the provided interface information, the powermonkey will charge the GPS from zero to full with about half of the reserve used. If you just want to ride, the Edge Touring is for you. If you need external fitness data, Probably should upgrade.
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from About 10 years behind in technology of a car gps The one thing this gps unit does good is show you what street you're on. It shows where you are on the map. Thats the only thing it does good. If you want to find a route using POIs, it is inadequate. Using google maps, I was 12 miles from a grocery store. This unit said the nearest store was 58 miles away. Using common sense and riding towards the city, I could have found a store less than 58 miles away. You can create routes using Garmin connect and download them to this unit. But while riding YOUR route, the unit will try to make you go off your route and onto major streets. I can't figure out why it doesn't follow the routes that I've created. Its pretty hard to figure out. There are not good instructions. If you are lost and are trying to scroll through the maps, this is really slow. The reason I bought this was for the POIs. I'm pretty sure that it will be returned back to REI. I'll wait for a newer better version to come out.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for going from point A to point B My wife and I are using the Garmin Edge Touring while touring in Belgium, France and Germany. We just purchased it 3 weeks ago at the start of our trip. This is our first experience with using GPS to navigate by bike. Pros: It is very useful for getting us from point A to point B on our bike in a foreign country. I have not had to purchase any maps. Last week we decided to bike through the center of Paris. The Garmin had no trouble getting us to the center and then out the other side on bike routes. We found it best to use the feature that we found by accident, It is not found in the instructions. If you tap at the top of the map while riding the Garmin will give line by line turning instructions. Once we found that, that is all we have on. This way if it tells you that you have 15 km before the next turn you can ignore all the roundabouts and intersections and just stay on the same road. Cons: Poor instructions. I pull a trailer and selected no dirt roads or trails. While we were riding through national forests or parks in France it consistently wanted us to get on a trial or forest service road. The roads were not bad, but no GPS signal under a thick canopy. The trail were not suitable for touring.
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not adequate for bike touring If you want a GPS unit that will track your fitness for a route you do over and over, this is the unit for you. If you want to develop a route to follow with this unit and follow it EXACTLY by starting at the beginning of the route and finishing at the end of the route, it is the unit for you. If you go off your route, it will make all sorts of recommendations on how to get back on the route. However, while this is a nice feature, it is extremely limiting for bike touring. If you want to start in the middle of a route or do a route in reverse, no go. If you have to detour around say road construction, it will not help you find an alternative route. I wanted a unit that I can load and use a .gpx file as a track, not a route. A track is simply a line on a map which you can follow or not follow, come in at any point, do it backwards, find my own way around a road outage. A track does not do any computing for you or recalculating. It shows you your current location on the roads in the vicinity you are in, and the track (which may or may not be in the vicinity you are in). If you want a similar capability, do not consider the Edge Touring unit.
Date published: 2014-04-27
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Does the Garmin Edge 250 have a temperature gauge?

Asked by: StanS
This Garmin device does not provide temperature readings. A Garmin Edge 1000 (which we are not stocking currently) has this functionality, but at a higher price point (MSRP $599).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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