Garmin Emergency Alert really works

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My partner Lisa is currently riding on MTB bike trails in NJ. She left her bike leaned on shrub and it fell over causing the Garmin to detect an impact that activates an automatic emergency response. I received it in real time as a text with a map link to her exact location. Thankfully it was nothing but a bike falling over, but had it been a real emergency I could have pinpointed her and called emergency services immediately. I'm very impressed with the emergency function and highly recommend it especially for the off-roaders.

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Off-roader?

I don't know about that. When I used to mountain bike, i routinely drop my bike a whole lot harder than the impact of it tipping over! 

Granted, it was those impact that made me decided to quit riding some of the more "fun" terrains (Ringwood, Alarmuchee,, Wawayanda...). I suppose if I'm only riding in Cunningham or Bethpage park, there should be no false alarm. But at Blue or Gramham Hill, I'm not so sure...

More useful for road riding, where the bike is ALWAYS upright and never touch anything else apart from the tire to the road. 

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My understanding is that

My understanding is that Garmin use multitude of sensors to detect the incident. 

as in if you just fall, and pick up the bike and ride on.. it's not an incident.. but if the bike leaned and fell over.. the person might not be aware that the bike has fallen over.. thus Garmin not seeing the movement "assumed" the rider was immobile and incapacitated and prompted the alert.

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The device sounds an

The device sounds an alarm first and gives the rider 30-second window to switch it off before it sends out an alert. It has only been activated once during several trips into technical trail riding with lots of jolts through the bike. I highly recommend it, especially if your riding solo.

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