My point of reference is the trusty Edge 500. The 130 really seems to be the spiritual successor of the 500, containing all the same features, but encapsulated in a minuscule, modern package that is more convenient and readable in bright sunlight. I have been looking for something like the 500 but with the ability to sync to Garmin Connect over the air instead of requiring a mini-usb cable to connect with a computer for synchronization. This 130 fits the bill perfectly as it pairs with a phone over bluetooth, and the phone synchronizes with GC.
Granted, I could've continued in the 500 series (520, 520 plus, 530), but frankly, I do not need GPS mapping/directions or other fancy features. I just need a GPS-connected cyclometer that serves me the basics. The 130 satisfies my requirements.
The only downside I would say is the lower battery capacity vs the 500 which was a beast in runtime, but the 130 is not too bad.
After many years of using a PowerTap hub, I decided to upgrade to a Garmin computer. I have also purchased the Garmin pedals. The statistical information is unbelievable. More than I will ever use. I most often ride on very familiar roads and routes, so the mapping features are not too important, but I am sure will be great when I do ride somewhere unfamiliar. The other great feature is you can use this on multiple bikes, and also on your indoor trainer. It also gives you data regarding aerobic vs. anaerobic time during the workout, and if you should train more in each zone, etc.
I a still learning all of the features, but I am extremely happy with my purchase. Bike Tires Direct gave me the major differences between the 530 and the 830, and ultimately chose the 830 and I am very happy I did.
I have a road profile for my road bike and another profile for my gravel bike. The unit came with two mounts and I have one on my road bike and one on my gravel bike.
The road profile includes average speed in addition to distance, time, and speed. The gravel profile adds temperature and time of day to the parameters. My only concern is that with my sunglasses prescription I don't have a reading lens and I have to limit the number of parameters displayed so they are large enough to read. Not a complaint since there is flexibility in the number of parameters and size of the boxes for the information displayed.
All in all, very pleased with the product. Now that I am wearing winter gloves, I can say that the buttons are really easy to use!
excellent battery life
great app for battery and warning of approaching vehicles
Garmin computer syncs seamlessly with the light, and you as a rider can get prepared for passing cars with plenty of warning, ~ 1 mile on a straight road, less on curvy roads. Love it! feel naked riding without one now!
I think this is a must have safety item unfortunately these days, with so many distracted drivers and so many large vehicles that approach us way too close for comfort.