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April 26, 2020
Not good for serious cyclists
I hate this head unit. It's way too locked down and has way too many auto features. For serious riders, we know what we want and how we want to see it. I don't need Garmin auto changing screens and generating a bunch of alerts. This can all be turned off but it seems there's always something new popping up that needs to be adjusted in the settings. I'm going to end up wrecking trying to get this thing right. Nail in the coffin, the unit froze after a century ride leaving the buttons broken. I had to reset the devise to get them working again but the ride data was lost because I wasn't able to "save" the ride. In my opinion, losing century ride data is an unforgivable offense. I will never use another Garmin product again and I am ordering a Wahoo. Just looking at the device and my lost data I want to take a hammer to it. Honestly, it's a slightly better 520 but still seems to be yesterdays technology.
February 3, 2019
During a ride, does it give you the option to display the time of day? My other Garmin shows the time on the top right of thw screen when I turn it on but when I start my ride it disappears. It is a feature I am looking for since I often tide before work or other events.
February 3, 2019
Hi Jose, Yes you can have the current time displayed on the screen. There are a multitude of different options that you can have displayed while riding.
March 31, 2020
You can always change one of the fields to âtime of dayâ Menu > Settings > Activity Profiles > creat a profile (or change an existing one) There you can add more fields to an editing profile or create a new one. Just change one field to time of day.
April 20, 2020
Yes it does. Providing you add it as input on the screen.
August 3, 2018
Fantastic features with terrible design
- I've used it several times
- True to size
Significant upgrade from 1000. PROBLEM - 1000 has buttons on the top surface - this has buttons on the bottom edge, so very little space between handlebars and the buttons. Actually no space with most of my 1000 mounts (so this is unusable with them) and a little space with the 1031 mount. Have not yet tried but I expect impossible to hit the buttons with winter gloves. Ridiculously bad design.
May 8, 2018
Garmin 1030 - Don't buy it yet!
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I currently own the Garmin 520 and it works great however as I get older, it's getting more difficult to see. So, thought I'd buy the Garmin 1030 despite some of the bad reviews. Well guess what, it's still buggy and after spending hours getting it set up correctly and trying to download all the updates, I thought I had it perfect. Nope!!!!! The unit keeps dropping the connection to my iPhone and my 520 shows speed and distance based on the GPS. The 1030 doesn't!!!! Then when I returned home and ran the summary, the units were all messed up as well. Garmin, you shouldn't need to be a computer scientist to run your bike computers!!!!!!
January 15, 2018
- I've used it several times
I have owned Garmins for a long time, including 520, 820, and a 1000, and previously found their support very helpful on the few occasions I needed it. However, recently I purchased the 1030 which is a good unit, much improved over the 1000, except that my 1030 began to not connect with my Garmin (ant) speed/cadence sensor and my Wahoo (ant and Bluetooth) heart rate sensor. I called Garmin and they suggested changing both sensor batteries which I did. Both sensors continued to only sporadically connect with the 1030 but both sensors connected with the 1000 perfectly. I called Garmin again and they told me that since my hearth rate sensor was not Garmin, they would not address that problem. Additionally, since my Garmin speed and cadence sensor was not the latest model, they would not address that problem either. That both sensors connected perfectly with my Garmin 1000 was not relevant according to them. I have multiple bicycles and also have multiple sensors. All the sensors work with my Garmin 1000 and Stages computers but not the Garmin 1030. In my mind, being required to buy new Garmin heart rate and speed/cadence sensors before Garmin would address my 1030 problem was an unacceptably expensive run around. I called Competitive Cyclist and they immediately refunded my 1030 money. My learning is buy a cycling computer from Competitive Cyclist that supports and works with all sensor brands (appropriately ant/Bluetooth) and be wary of Garmin support which is no longer reliable.
January 13, 2018
An edgy device that works well
Fourth garmin gps unit Iâve owned. Forerunner, edge 500 and 800, now this. The display is bright and visible in all but direct sun glare. It has way more features than Iâll ever use. Initially I had difficulty with uploading rides automatically. The software was updated - the only downside, it should be updated every time you update youâre smartphone... - and has worked flawlessly since. A nice toy
Will Schneider www.vo2maxout.com
August 15, 2018
yup agreed and the glare is because they countersink the screen to low into the unit!!!!!!!! crap
January 12, 2018
Fantastic! Buy a remote too.
- I've put it through the wringer
I love the Edge1030. I upgraded from a 1000 and it is better in all ways but one -- it simply doesn't work with heavy gloves, no matter how you adjust the sensitivity. I get around this with a remote. It is possible this is a firmware issue that can be fixed, but I suspect this is a limitation of the (otherwise brilliant) display. I like many of the new features, including sharp turn warnings and live Strava segments that compare you to your most recent best, your personal best, and if you're going really slow, your last time. Of course if you are above the pace for your personal best, it shows your friends and, if you're faster than all of them, it shows the KOM. I get to see that I'm a whole 55 minutes slower up Mt. Hamilton than Phil Gaimon. Considering my bike weighs almost 3x as much as his and that he's 29 years my junior, I think I'm doing pretty well.
October 8, 2017
Very Happy with My Upgrade
- I've used it several times
It's probably been over 10 years since I've upgraded my bike computer. For the past 10 years I've been riding with a Garmin Edge 705. (Disclaimer: I am a Garmin fiend. I've rarely tried other brands for GPS and I have multiple products from them). The Edge 705 performed like a champ but only recently started showing signs of slowing up on me. So I pulled the trigger and bought the new 1030. I have to say, I am very happy with it so far. First off, I really like that you can put something like 10 data screens on a single page. I am not a huge fan of swiping left or right to get to another data screen while I am riding. I can get all my data on one screen for the entire ride. Second, I love how bright and colorful the new screen is, and how big it is as well. Much easier to read while riding. Third, Garmin is really upping its game with all the new products with their compatibility with Training Peaks and Strava as well as tracking power meters, thresholds and training recovery periods. I have had a few problems with the phone disconnecting from its pairing with my phone such that after a ride it doesn't just automatically download my ride. I've had to re-pair the 1030 a number of times. I am thinking though that this is more likely due to some IOS upgrades on my iPhone. Would highly recommend this bike computer if you are logging heavy miles each week and like to have the latest bells and whistles.