Indoor training isn’t what it once was. Technology has transformed those basement sessions from what was once a love-hate relationship to an engaging, social, and extremely fulfilling way to train. But such advances aren’t limited to the indoor trainer. If you’ve got a Garmin Edge 530 or 830, then here are 6 features to help you make the most of modern tech out on the open road.
1) CLIMBPRO – VISUALISE THE PAIN AHEAD
ClimbPro is a much-enhanced version of the elevation profile that many Garmin users may be familiar with from older models. By uploading a route from your preferred software to your Garmin Edge, it provides an in-depth profile of the climb characteristics.
Once you begin climbing, you’ll see the distance and vertical metres that remain, the current gradient, and the climb profile. The profile is colour-coded and ranges from green to yellow, orange, and the much-dreaded red based on the gradient. It’s the perfect feature to help you time that attack or nab that KOM!
2) AUTO SYNC YOUR WORKOUTS AND TRAIN WITH PRECISION OUTDOORS TOO
Replicating indoor training programs in the great outdoors is a constant challenge for cyclists. But with Garmin’s auto sync feature enabled, you can now bring the precision of indoor workouts out onto the road.
By syncing your training calendar from your preferred software, your workouts will automatically download onto your Garmin Edge. This means you can review them ahead of time and then follow them to a T out on the road.
Once you launch into a workout, the Garmin Edge moves through each interval in the workout without requiring you to press the lap button before each begins. It brings the efficiency of the indoors out, and allows you to power through the workout before analysing the data on your preferred software once you’re home and dry.
You’ll even get recommendations from your Garmin Edge. Based on the nature of the workout and the expected weather conditions, it’ll advise you on how much nutrition and fluid to carry, and even tell you how to dress!
3) MONITOR PERFORMANCE AT NEW DEPTHS
One area where the Garmin 530 and 830 truly shine is with their dynamic performance monitoring capabilities where they provide invaluable insight into your data.
With clever firmware, the devices gain a deeper understanding of your overall training and how it impacts your fitness. They break down your training load and even estimate your VO2 max taking altitude and temperature into account. They also provide a host of other useful data including power curves, nutrition, and hydration metrics along with recovery and altitude acclimatisation data.
4) ENHANCE OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES
For those who enjoy an off-road adventure, the new Garmin Edge devices incorporate MTB dynamics that present off-road riders with a host of additional new metrics.
Easily synced to Trailforks, Garmin Edge devices now allow users to upload data and detailed maps for trails across 80 countries complete with trail ratings.
With MTB dynamics on your device, you can analyse jump count, distance and hang time for each jump.
Grit and flow metrics quantify trail difficulty along with your performance. The grit metric assesses the trail difficulty based on elevation, gradient, and rapid changes in direction, while flow quantifies fluidity. It looks to where momentum was broken and evaluates speed consistency and smoothness through the turns. Low scores are better, and each time you hit the trail, you’ll know the number to beat!
5) BIKE ALARM AND SAFETY FEATURES
The Garmin Edge 530 and 830 include a series of features that enhance safety and provide peace of mind.
The first is a bike alarm, that when tampered with, will activate on both the device and your phone or watch. The alarm must be deactivated with a user-specific code, making this a useful feature for the mid-ride coffee stop.
Inbuilt safety features help ensure that you stay safer on the road. The incident detection function automatically sends a message to emergency contacts in the event of a fall. They’ll receive an alert via email or SMS, as well as a link to a website where they can find your current location. Easily programmed via the Garmin Connect app, they provide peace of mind to both rider and family members.
The Garmin Edge 530 and 830 are also compatible with the Garmin Varia radar lights. With inbuilt radar functionality, you can now see the proximity of approaching traffic from behind on the LCD screen. This feature is especially useful on narrow winding roads or on windy days when hearing is difficult.
6) LOST YOUR EDGE?
Whether it slipped out of your pocket during the coffee stop or you left it behind in a friend’s car, there are two ways to retrieve a misplaced Garmin Edge.
By enabling the “last known location” feature, you can view the exact last known GPS location of your device on your smartphone. Better yet, if your device is within range of your smartphone, then you can trigger the Garmin Connect app to make the Edge beep and uncover it beneath that layer of gear.
Few sports embrace technology like cycling has, and recent innovations in the Garmin Edge 530 and 830 suggest that this trend isn’t going to stop anytime soon. We may be leaving the online platforms behind for the summer months, but that doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from the technological advances that continue to transform the sport.