The Garmin Edge 705 Heart Rate Monitor and bike specific tool has been around for several years now and been replaced by the Garmin 800, which itself is due for replacement. (Garmin 810 released January 2013, and now the Garmin 1030 has been released 2018).
The Garmin 800 has now replaced the Garmin 705 and is normally as cheap if not cheaper to get hold of, making it a bit of a bargain. Out now is the Garmin 1030 which is the new bells and whistles Garmin Heart Rate Monitor. This is currently around the $700 mark, so only for those who are not faint hearted.
This makes the Garmin Edge 705 something worth looking at (or 800 if cheaper) if you are looking for a tool that has many useful functions and which is recognised by most of the cycling websites that monitor your fitness. They are a superb piece of kit and are well thought of in the cycling world.
Garmin Heart Rate Monitor Good Points
Is universally recognized by most sports websites that monitor your fitness training
Build quality is excellent
Easy to download information
Easy to build your own maps and upload them
Superb list of facts displayed on the LCD screen for you to view
Easy to transfer from bike to bike
Back light for use in dark conditions
Stop and start
Reroute if you get lost and need to backtrack
Two different screens that you can flick through with up to 8 functions on each screen
Great battery life
Easy to read
Using External Websites
One of the bonuses of buying a Garmin instead of a Suunto t6d or a Polar FT80 is the fact that it is universally recognised by almost every website that has some form of integration that allows you to download or upload information about your training. This is vital if you want good analysis of what you are doing.
A website for cyclists and runners alike. This website works with the iPhone and Garmin products and allows you to go out and do a cycle ride or a run, and then upload your information direct to their website.
It will then show your your route on a map that you have done, and give you other factors like speed, time, calories, distance etc.Its biggest bonus though if you are serious about your fitness training is the fact that it allows you to build up climbs on your routes and shows you climbs that others have put in.
It then shows you your times compaired against others who have climbed it. This is a great motivator and one that makes you want to ride that climb again if only to better your own time, or try to beat someone else’s.
On top of this, if your time is the best you are classed as king of the mountain. RidewithGPS.com
Not quite up to the standard of Strava if you are into your cycling, but a great place to download and update your maps.
Garmin 705 Heart Rate Monitor
This is the heart rate monitor that I recommend. Not only is it a superb piece of kit that you can use on any bike you won, it is also compatible with Strava.com which enables you to track every single mile or kilometer that you pedal, and compete against others who cycle the same routes as you.