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(Pocket-lint) - Garmin's latest Edge Explore 1000 cycle computer is made for tracking data, guidance and to keep you safe too.

The Edge Explore 1000 is aimed at touring and adventure cyclists that like to get off the roads and explore paths less travelled. And since that's generally more risky this cycle companion can even detect crashes and alert loved ones.

One option, to stay on paths but still explore, is offered by a setting that lets the cyclist mark a start point, choose a direction and distance to cycle then be offered up to three cycle path options. It also works with the usual Garmin Connect routes and can even learn new routes set by the cyclist.

Thanks to a built-in accelerometer if the cyclist suffers a crash the Edge Explore 1000 can manually or automatically send contacts the details of a crash.

The Edge Explore 1000 features a 3-inch high-resolution touch display, 15-hours of battery and is both GPS and GLOASS compatible. It'll work with the Garmin Virb camera too for videos with data.

It can also pair to ANT+ or Bluetooth devices and works with Garmin Connect Mobile. This means alerts from a smartphone like texts, social media, weather and calls can all be managed from the screen.

The Garmin Edge Explore 1000 will begin shipping from around September for £350.

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Writing by Luke Edwards. Originally published on 25 August 2015.