Perhaps the coolest aspect of Garmin's new Edge 1000 bike computer is how closely it mimics the very best smartphone features – and then does so much more. This new bike computer tracks biometrics, such as wattage, output, and heart rate and its color display also shows who's trying to get in touch – screening calls at a glance.
It also fires out live tracking information to whoever you want, so they can see where you are if you're pedaling alone, or follow your event from a desktop computer or smartphone. You can even share live biometrics with your crew if you like.
Other features include a touch screen that works with any kind of glove, even when wet, and a remote control that can be mounted to the handlebar. This way you can keep a grip and toggle through the display to, say, reset the clock on a fresh set of sprint intervals, or control the start/stop function of other bluetooth or Ant+ linked devices, like Garmin's Virb action camera. To note: Garmin is keeping these protocols open, for compatibility with non-Garmin Ant+ or low-energy Bluetooth electronics. That's the kind of future-proofing we like.
If you're already operating within Shimano's Di2 Electronic shifting ecosystem, the 1000 can also track which gear you're in, which will enable you to better calibrate optimum power, cadence, and heart rate. The 1000 is still a GPS, but its mapping is cycling-centric, which is an advantage when traveling. It can auto-search up to three cycling-friendly routes, plot elevation gain, and then issue turn-by-turn directions for whichever path you choose. See, we said it was smarter than your phone.