Solar charging and adaptive coaching: Garmin unveils updated 540 and 840 Edge cycling computers

Beneficiaries of trickle-down tech, the popular 540 and 840 Edge computers now offer improved maps, coaching and solar charging

A cyclist holds a Garmin Edge GPS bike computer
(Image credit: Garmin)

Beneficiaries of a host of trickle-down technology, Garmin today unveiled updated versions of its best-selling GPS cycling computers, the edge 540 and 840, with, most notably, solar charging options for both. 

It's been four years since Garmin launched the previous Edge 530 and 830 models and with the brand's 1040 flagship model now a year old, the compact models were due for an update. The details of the new models come as little surprise as the Edge 540 and 840 were both leaked last month when US retailer Adorama briefly uploaded them to its website.

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Henry Lord

Henry Lord is a Cycling Weekly Intern. He grew up in southern Maine and was introduced to mountain biking by his dad. Lord grew up racing mountain bikes and cyclocross across the East Coast as well as downhill and XC skiing. He moved out west to Durango, Colorado to start college at Fort Lewis, where in the last two years he has focused on road racing in addition to studying Communication design and marketing.