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I'll keep the 305 on my TT bike since I don't race with the PowerTap, but don't see any problem using the 800 for a road race.
I've got a 500... use it on my road bike, tri bike, mountain bike, cyclocross bike. Its pretty fantastic and does just about everything you could want (except maps).
My only complaint is the visibility of all data fields, in some light conditions it can be rather difficult to see.
I think you've nailed it. In many ways I find the Edge 500 the perfect all around cycling device: Training, racing, screwing around.
The Edge 800 is great if you do one very specific thing: Wander.
For me, I find I don't do a ton of wandering. If I was going out and riding brand new routes each weekend - then it's ideal. But, like most triathletes - I ride the same routes over and over and over again. So, I don't use the mapping. If I was going for a cross-country trip, then I'd aim for the Edge 800 to get me there - it's great for that. But otherwise, save the couple hundred bucks and enjoy little blue.
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