Excellent Training Device for multiple s
I purchased the Garmin Edge 500 bundle almost a year ago and have had no issues. It has proven to be an excellent training partner especially when used with Garmin Connect and/or Strava to compare your rides, runs, cross country skiing against others. The multiple and configurable screens are a nice touch while riding but you c an easily put too much information on one page resulting in a slightly hard to read display. Truth be told you probably can wait until you get home and download the data to your computer to dive into everything that was recorded on a given ride.. Some reviews mention issues with the GPS, I have had none. It works great for Road Biking, Mountain Biking and Cross Country Skiing. I have used the GPS in temperatures below freezing to over 100 with no issues.
So far I've been loving this. I've even been using it while running to track my times/milage. Great tool for training or just see all the different #'s for fun.
Two tiny things that can be improved:
1) Turn by turn direction alerts happen after I make the turn to only verify or not verify my turn. Been trying to figure out how to adjust that so it happens maybe a few hundred feet before the turn.
2) Accuracy on mileage seems to be a bit off when I use it while running. I turn autopause off, but over the course of a five mile run I can be .3-.5 miles off compared to my friends forerunners. Very accurate on the bike though.
Love it....so far
Just got a Garmin Edge 500…. So far I love it. After 3 years my bicycle computer died and I figured it was time for an upgrade.
Some facts you may want to know, the edge will work on up to 3 bicycles the unit comes with 2 mounts and one sensor. It will work with other makers Ant+ sensors. My old computer used Ant+ for speed and cadence and I had 2 sets so…all I had t do is get an extra mount and I'm covered for all three of my primary bikes. Carbon road, daily commuter and touring. also the premium heart rate monitor is worth the extra bucks.
Setup was relatively easy even for this 53 year old.
Great device, after a rough start.
Bought the Garmin Edge 500 for bicycle training. At first, it worked flawlessly. I could measure my heart rate, cadence, speed and power output (with a borrowed (ANT+) power hub. But then, after good performance for 9-10 months, it started to be intermittent at measuring my heart rate and position. I returned it to REI. I love REI! The replacement is working flawlessly and I'm very happy with it. I suspect the earlier unit suffered an early death due to some component failure common to sophisticated electronic devices. Possibly the Garmin "burn in" testing failed to pick up the problem?
Reliable and informative
Used two other bike computers before biting the bullet for the more expensive Garmin option. All of the meters/monitors worked perfectly from day one, a nice contrast with prior experiences. Cadence, speed and elevation all seem to be spot on and download to Garmin Connect is simple with lots of information about the ride included automatically. Only downside is the absence of mapping display. Was not inclined to spend the additional hundreds of dollars for that Garmin option, so have my eTrex Vista HC and Edge 500 mounted on my bike at the same time. No big deal.
I love it!
I ride my bike about 6 days a week and commute about 4 days a week. I used to log every ride manually. Now using Garmin a week's worth of rides are logged automatically. Between Garmin and an online solution, Strava all my data is logged each time I plug my Garmin into my computer. Its all calculated and logged for each day/Month and tabulated for the year. This is really easy to use and everything can be trended easily so you can measure yourself and see how you are doing compared to previously data.
The Garmin Edge 500 bundle is superb. I know more than ever what every analysis, chart or average that could possibly exist. It is great information to tweak performance or rate ones self with peers. That stated, a seasoned veteran would probably save some bucks and skip the cadence and wheel pickup. Also, it has an Uber comfy HR strap and I have not had any ghost-reads from pack riding.
I have used this to track my commutes, weekend 50-100 mile rides, and interval training runs. Easy to use, to configure, and to upload to strava.
It can sometimes be slow to get a sat signal in certain parts of the city, but fast everywhere else. Battery hasn't been a problem at all, yet.
I would but this product again
I love that you can download the information to my computer and see it all right there, from where I rode and the miles, the speed and cadence, the time and everything else that you wwant to know right there
Nice flexibility to customize displays. Amazing battery life. I'm not a huge fan of their software, or the online version, but I haven't put much effort into accessing the raw data either.