Boasting comprehensive navigation, performance and cycling awareness features, the Garmin Edge 1030 GPS Bike Computer packs some serious high-tech punch – giving cyclists all the tools they need to up their game and communicate with other riders, whether they’re out on a road or hitting a trail.

The last time Garmin launched a GPS bike computer was back in 2014 with the advent of the Edge 1000, and it’s been their trusted go-to device ever since. But technology moves on at a rapid pace, which is where the new Edge 1030 comes in. This sophisticated upgrade to an already-good device is simply astonishing. So much so, that about the only thing the 1030 can’t do for you is ride your bike!

New features include pre-loaded apps from Strava, TrainingPeaks and Best Bike Split. The latest TopoActive Africa v4 mapping not only provides accurate turn-by-turn navigation, elevation data and the like, but also issues warnings when sharp turns are up ahead. New rider-to-rider messaging functionality lets you stay in touch with fellow riders via pre-written messages, so you don’t need to ever reach for your phone. Trendline popularity routing, which uses the billions of kilometres of rider data uploaded to Garmin’s Connect app, points you in the right direction for all the best on- and off-road routes. And it can connect to so many ANT+ sensors you can literally pair it with anything you want.

Just as importantly, the Edge 1030 features a 3.5-inch high-resolution, capacitive touch panel display that’s quick and responsive – even when it’s bucketing down with rain and you’re wearing gloves. Plus an ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness, making important key training metrics and advanced performance monitoring tools easier to view day or night. It boasts up to 20 hours of battery life, and is compatible with Garmin’s new Charge integrated battery pack accessory, which pushes operating time up to 40 hours – giving you more than enough juice to complete even the longest rides. It also comes with a new flush mount designed to keep the device in line with the handlebars.

Garmin’s press release announcing the launch of the Edge 1030 sums it up best: “Whether a competitor, commuter or adventure-seeker, we’ve found a better ride for all cyclists with the newest addition from Garmin – the Edge 1030,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “This innovative GPS cycling computer is compatible with our suite of cycling products, including the new Vector 3 and 3S power meter, as well as our Varia cycling awareness products like the Varia Rearview Radar and the Varia UT800 Smart Headlight. This means cyclists can now ride farther and more often thanks to the most advanced, intuitive and motivating ride data to date.”

Top features at a glance

  • Waterproof 3.5-inch bike computer that’s good for commuting, road and trail riding.
  • Comprehensive navigation, performance and cycling awareness features.
  • Trendline popularity routing uses billions of kilometres of Garmin Connect ride data to indicate the best on- and off-road routes.
  • Preloaded with the latest TopoActive Africa v4 map which includes turn-by-turn navigation.
  • New rider-to-rider messaging lets you stay in contact with other cyclists in your group.
  • Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, ANT+ and Bluetooth.
  • Challenge yourself every ride with newly updated preloaded Strava Live Segments feature.
  • Battery life: Up to 20 hours, extendable up to 40 hours with the optional Garmin Charge power pack.

Using the pre-loaded apps to up your performance
Being the best cyclist you can possibly be usually requires some outside help. Fortunately, the pre-loaded sports apps on the Edge 1030 have you covered.

Coming with the latest version of Strava Live Segments, this device opens up your world to a whole lot more competition. And cyclists who upgrade to Strava Premium gain access to everything from real-time races against their personal best, to the most popular nearby segments. You can star your favourite segments and, while riding, you’ll receive upcoming segment alerts as you approach their start. You’ll then receive second-by-second, real-time comparisons of your performance against your most relevant competitor. And the great thing is you race against their actual speeds, not just their averages.

But that’s not all this great app can do. Using the new Segment Explore feature, you can view and marquee segments in your immediate vicinity directly on the 1030. Plus the new pre-loaded Strava Routes Connect IQ app lets you wirelessly synch starred routes directly to the device – giving you the ability to navigate and compete on your favourite segments at the same time.

The new TrainingPeaks app helps you improve performance and fitness levels by sending daily workouts directly to the device. What it does is guide you through workouts in real time – complete with intensity targets and interval durations. And, after a workout, syncing to TrainingPeaks gives you a detailed analysis of your ride, not to mention the ability to measure your progress over time as you work towards your goals.

Best Bike Split, owned by TrainingPeaks, allows you and your coach to take advantage of advanced mathematical modelling to predict what power you’ll need to reach a particular goal time. You can also see how changes in weight, power and drag affect your goal race time, helping you to create the perfect power plan for race day. After signing up and logging your basic details, you then input your bike model and stats. Next step is to load some courses (these can be pre-existing GPX files), the app then calculates what time you can expect to complete your course in based on your target power output. And, if you go for the premium version, you get even more advanced metrics such as weather predictions, yaw angle distribution, gradient chart and TSS (Training Stress Score).

Other things the Garmin Edge 1030 can do
Ever wondered how effective your current training plan is? Well, with the Edge 1030 you can finally put this niggling question to rest. Training status is a new performance monitoring tool that automatically evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators, letting you know if you’re training productively, peaking or overreaching. The new anaerobic training effect metric shines the light on a critical dimension of training – telling you how your training is improving your ability to push the limits. Plus you can view your overall training load, which measures your exercise volume from the last 7 days and compares it to the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history.

Apart from providing you with accurate turn-by-turn navigation and navigation alerts, the onboard TopoActive Africa v4 map also lets you see points of interest and search for addresses while you ride. Round-trip routing functionality will even generate a route for you. Simply give the device a distance and tell it a starting direction, and it’ll automatically give you up to 3 routes to choose from. And, as you’d expect from a Garmin device, it’s smart enough to guide you back on track should you deviate from it. You can also add more maps via the microSD card slot that’s much more protected from the elements than previous models.

When paired to a compatible smartphone, the Edge 1030 also lets you view and respond to missed calls and text messages with pre-written replies. Built-in incident detection automatically sends your location to emergency contacts should you run into any trouble, while LiveTrack and GroupTrack let family and other cyclists keep track of your location in real time respectively. You can also take advantage of the units ability to automatically upload data to Garmin Connect – the nav giant’s free online portal, download free apps and widgets from the Connect IQ store, and connect to your home’s Wi-Fi for convenient device software updates. – (c) 2017 NavWorld

Garmin Edge 1030 specifications:

Physical dimensions: 58 x 114 x 19 mm
Display size: 88.9 mm diagonal
Weight: 123 grams
Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion
Water rating: IPX7
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, ANT+, Bluetooth
Sensors: GPS, GLONASS, Barometric altimeter, accelerometer
Pre-loaded sports apps: Strava, TrainingPeaks, Best Bike Split
Daily smart features: Smart notifications, VIRB remote

Check out DC Rainmaker’s video below where he demonstrates how the Edge 1030’s Rider-to-Rider messaging function works:

About The Author

Sean Woods

Originally a photographer for the Star newspaper in the bad old days, Sean Woods turned to writing after the first democratic elections in '94. The career shift paid serious dividends, culminating in him becoming associate editor for Popular Mechanics magazine with a number of technology writing awards under his belt. His interests include anything to do with boats, motorcycles and all those fancy tech gadgets that help the modern world go around.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.