robing wrote:And how much would these Garmins cost that were capable of doing that? Don't forget the Bolt is only £200.
Well, I got my Edge Explore from Halfords for £198. So for the price of a Bolt I get phone-free route calculation and
robing wrote:The equivalent Garmin I tried, the 820 Explore Touring - and was £30 more was awful. It had a terrible touch screen - which has had universal bad reviews online - I tried using it to search for a POI and it was so clunky and slow. The whole thing had the feel of a palm pilot from the 90s! Contrast that to the speed and ease of use of the Wahoo and there was no comparison.
Yeah, the 820 Explore hasn't generally had great reviews by any means. Not Garmin's finest hour. (And don't get me wrong, I'm not really a fan of Garmin devices: they've driven me round the bend in various ways over the last 15 years or so. Hence I was pretty enthusiastic about buying a Wahoo… but, despite beating Garmin on a lot of fronts, it just turned out to suffer a few weaknesses I couldn't live with, and Wahoo haven't fixed them.)
robing wrote:Looking at your photo - you would need to zoom in a bit more and then you could see the route?
Nope. Guess again
robing wrote:If it was a major diversion then just use your phone to navigate a new route and send it to the device. I never had to do this on any of my tours.
Yeah, but: a) all the previous caveats about having to stop and faff about with a phone and, if it's raining, really quite problematic; b) the app doesn't give you any choice about route: when I tried using it I wasn't convinced it was picking great roads; c) if you want to divert again, you have to stop again, fish the phone out…
Whereas with a Garmin you can choose one of two things: either a) zoom out a bit, still see plenty of detail, and freestyle your own detour while still seeing where you are in relation to your route and any roads leading back to it, or b) have it on prompted/auto rerouting, whereby if you go off course it'll give you directions from wherever you are to get back on track, either automatically or with a single tap. No need to even stop pedalling, let alone find a signal or try to use a phone in the rain.
You must have been lucky on tour: the first two rides I did with the Wahoo I ended up having to divert around multiple roads that turned out to be either closed, unsurfaced or private