Which navigation tool to buy?

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  1. Susja

    Susja New Member

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    Hello
    I want to give a gift to my niece who likes biking. She is not a "real" biker but still enjoys riding in neighborhood and explore new tracks.
    Hence the main requirement would be mapping and navigation somewhere around her house or vicinity.
    I checked Amazon and get confused of variety of GPS computers. My price expectations are somewhat bellow $250
    I checked Garmin 130, Garmin 520 and some Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt
    Which one would you suggest for those requirements?
    Thanks
     


  2. Germanrazor

    Germanrazor Well-Known Member

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    For the money a Garmin 130 is hard to beat and you may be able to find one at half your maximum expense. Plus the 130 for that price has Livetrack which allows others she connects to seeing her location live. Great for a female to have given our day and time.

    The Wahoo models seem well done and thought out too but I am a Garmin only cyclist and will not use anything else. Well, unless a manufacturer gives me something and it proves more reliable and more bells and whistles.
     
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  3. Susja

    Susja New Member

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    Appreciate your opinion
     
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    Froze Well-Known Member

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    Keep in mind you do have to compare the Garmin to other Garmins to make sure it does what you want it to do.

    If your friend wants to eventually do some touring then the 520 Plus is very hard to beat for the price but it lacks address to address guidance.

    https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/04... let's get to the,route to a specific address.

    The Garmin 1030 does do address to address navigation as well as all the things that the 530 Plus does, plus the 1030 acquires its information faster.

    https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2017/08/garmin-edge-1030-in-depth-review.html

    Of course the more you spend on a bike computer to get features you want, you get a lot of features you don't want, so you have to weigh all of that out to find the best one for you. I'm still trying to figure out which one to get, the 520 Plus is appealing to me because of the price, but what if I want to find someone's home while touring? So I'm not sure how to do that or if it can even be done on the Garmin 520 Plus, but I still have 3 years to get one so I'm not in a rush.
     
  5. Susja

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    Thanks for your advice.
    Eventually I've bought Garmin Explorer.
    Hope it'll be nice gift ...

    Appreciate it
     
  6. Germanrazor

    Germanrazor Well-Known Member

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    Glad we could point to potential units.
     
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