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Garmin Edge 500 GPS/HRM/CAD Cycle Computer - Neutral
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Cheap price, very fast delivery,great product.Report this review
The best bit is the range of information on offer here and the fact that itâ€™s fully customisable. You get all the basic speed and distance measurements that youâ€™d expect along with gradient, total ascent/descent, lap times and averagesâ€¦ you get the idea. Plus, if you go for the speed/cadence sensor you get more information there, and if you use a heart rate strap you can view the measurements in a variety of different ways. Itâ€™ll link up with ANT+ power-measuring equipment too, which is a massive bonus if you train by wattage. -road.ccReport this review
Contrary to most other reviews I have read i seem to have had nothing but poor service from the Edge 500. Battery life is poor, it often displays the wrong date and distance when I download a trip, the heart rate feature stopped working and there have been numerous other malfunctions. I don't have any faith in it and would not recommend it to othersReport this review
Ample features, all the data you could ever need, all of it recorded neatly in a nice small and light package.
I love that it works easily with Strava, and the training center from Garmin is great too.
Unlike some other brands, the Edge is the industry standard, and they also do not use special incompatible frequencies with their accessories, hence you can use your garmin with any ant+ accessories you want, and are not limited to that manufacturer.
Only reason I am not giving 5 stars is it almost stopped working when I updated it using my mac! But the issue was quickly resolved using google.
There are some things in cycling that make a huge difference in performance (wheels, tires, etc.), I would add the Garmin 500 to the list. This product takes the usefulness of HR, cadence, speed, and elevation to a whole new level by allowing you to review your ride on Garmin connect. You can also create workouts to add some spice to your indoor training over the winter months. This is a must have!!Report this review
I used to have an Oregon 450T combined with a Polar CS200 on my handle bar to have all the information i wanted, but with the Edge 500, I get everything I need.
And for those who are wondering what HRM chest strap is comming with the bundle; it's the premium one which is really comfortable.
Combined with the training center software or the garmin connect web site you get a lot of information for performance analysis.
It came within a week, pretty fast for free international shipping.
The Garmin Edge 500 bundle has a premium heart rate belt and
the GPS unit is up to date of its firmware. Impressive deal!
Hi and thank you from New York.
Much like any avid cyclist I have been through a few cycle-computers over the years. This by far is the best one I have ever used. Provides the rider with the vital info and more if you so desire. A plus to this device is that gone is the magnet from the front wheel and the sensor as well, not having to worry about gap between sensor and magnet is so nice. Being able to use it for more than one bike is a plus. The one minor negative thing about the Garmin 500 is that sometimes the percent grade is not the most accurate. It still provides more than enough information though.Report this review
Seriously, what can't this thing do? Everything you will ever think of is possible with this and the GPS is connecting in about 5-10 seconds and you're ready to go!
The only downsides are when the temperature is close to zero or under, the grade indicator can get quite impressive, It went over 999% on a flat road for about a minute then went back to normal and the thermometer isn't always working properly.
Overall, it's pricy but it is awesome, everything works well except the thermometer which is nothing compared to all the advantages.
I would have given the 500 five stars, but now 4 because I own both units - Edge 500 and Edge 800.
The obvious difference between 800 and this 500 is size, colour screen and map (if you purchase one). Bigger screen means easier to read at high speed or intensive efforts. I found myself difficult to gather info when I have a screen displaying more than 5 items on the 500. This is now not a problem for my 800.
What I did not know before upgrading is that I can change the screen configuration with more ease in the 800. I just press and hold on screen of the 800 - a pop up menu will come and the data will be categorized. I have not checked the latest firmware update of the 500. Last time I checked there is no categorisation of the data so finding the one you have to go through the entire menu of nearly 100.
The 800 also has a stronger GPS reception capability and the unit starts up much quicker. Beneficial if you are in a hurry to meet your riding buddies.
Map may be handy. Not just for navigation, but looking at the road ahead and seeing where the end of that stupid hill is.
Is the above worth the 150 quid premium over 500? May be not. My 500 never missed a beat. It is so robust that the unit still works after I dropped it so many times!
500 is also the unit of choice for the Garmin team. I think it is the 40 gram difference in unit weight. Except for big Thor who likes the 800 to boost his ego (just kidding) ^^"!
You ask worth GPS data collecting at all!? What?! Data collecting to compare your ride on a climb is a huge motivation for training! Get into GPS data collecting and upload your data in a few website available. Beat your mate up a climb. Be King of a mountain!