Garmin Edge 500 Bundle Wireless Bike Computer

Priced: $320.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 19 reviews.
Garmin Edge 500 Bundle Wireless Bike Computer
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Take your riding to the next level with the Garmin Edge 500 bundle, which includes the GPS-based wireless cycling computer, a premium heart rate monitor and a speed/cadence sensor for data galore!

Please Note: This item contains a lithium battery and cannot be shipped to APO, FPO, U.S. Territories, international destinations or Hawaii, and are only available for in-store pickup in Alaska.

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Straps:

  • Premium chest strap heart rate monitor tracks your heart's beats per minute for advanced calorie usage data, zoned heart rate training or comparisons between rides

Features:

  • Low-profile bike mount attaches easily to your stem or handlebar; high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix® satellite prediction offers fast position calculation
  • Edge 500 measures your speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent, and records this data for your review
  • Rechargeable internal lithium ion battery lasts up to 18 hrs. with typical use
  • Unit measures 1.9 x 2.7 x .09 in.; display area is 1.2 x 1.4 in., and 128 x 160 pixels; screen is readable in daylight
  • With a simple click, you can join a worldwide network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts through Garmin Connect™, a free website for ride data analysis and sharing
  • Virtual Partner® ups the ante by letting you train against a digital "competitor" on a stored course, indicating your speed relative to past performances
  • Edge 500 comes with premium heart rate monitor, speed/cadence sensor, bike mount, AC charger, USB cable and manuals
  • Works with 3rd-party ANT+-enabled devices or power meters for even more robust data analysis (power meter sold separately)
  • Once your ride is done, use the included USB cable to connect Edge 500 to your computer and the internet to analyze your performance
  • For extra-precise climb and descent data, Edge 500 also incorporates a barometric altimeter to pinpoint changes in elevation
  • Courses feature helps you compare successive rides over the same route; other features include Auto Pause, Auto Lap and temperature readings
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Activity:Cycling
Alarm:No
Altimeter:Pressure-based
Auto start/stop:Yes
Average speed:Yes
Batteries:Lithium ion
Cadence:Yes
Clock:Yes
Countdown timer:Yes
Current speed:Yes
Dual bike memory:No
Exercise log:No
GPS tracking:Yes
Heart rate display:Yes
High/low target heart rate:Yes
Illumination:Backlight
Lap timer:Yes
Low battery indicator:Yes
Maximum speed:Yes
Odometer:Yes
Speed comparator:No
Stopwatch:Yes
Target zone indicator:Yes
Temperature:Yes
Trip distance:Yes
Wireless:Yes
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Garmin Edge 500 Bundle Wireless Bike Computer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

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.
James-SD at REI on 02/02/2013

Great Product!

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.
faposvi at REI on 12/12/2011

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.
Old Dude SD at REI on 10/10/2011

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?
benterou at REI on 01/01/2013

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.
Gear Enthusiast at REI on 09/09/2013

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.
thorzhammer at REI on 01/01/2012

Rei rules!!!

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.
Bryon D at REI on 06/06/2012

Solid Device

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.
ejvincent at REI on 08/08/2012

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
jazzy5770 at REI on 02/02/2012

Very nice.

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.
harvey arma at REI on 04/04/2013

Negative Reviews:

Not All it's cracked up to be

After two months of using my Edge 500 and communicating with Garmin about it's function and lack of function, I am returning it to REI. The most troubling issue it that it does not perform the mapping, directional guidance function that the manual says it does (more on that in a moment). The most annoying trouble is that the heart rate monitor performs erratically.

First the positive. The data display on the Edge 500 is excellent. It is easy to choose what data to display, and there are many pages for displaying data. The speed and cadence sensors function well. The information on the grade of the road is sometimes wacky or doesn't register, but in general is reliable. It is simple to upload data from a ride onto the Garmin Connect website. The data displays there are informative and fun. Mapping out a course on Garmin Connect is easy to do and easy to download.

Using the Garmin heart rate premium monitor with the Edge 500 has been a constant frustration. During a ride of over 1 hour it invariably malfunctions . It usually under reports my heart rate but occasionally over reports the heart rate. I can be climbing a steep slope (I live in Summit Colorado) huffing and puffing along and suddenly my percent heart rate drops from 85 to 65. In a stiff breeze or a quick descent, my max heart rate will go up to 135% when I'm not even pedaling. I have communicated on numerous occasions with Garmin and followed all their advice: reposition the strap; re-wet the strap, change jerseys; warm up for 10 minutes first etc. but nothing consistently works. Prior to this I used a polar monitor for 30 years and never had a problem.

The coup de grace for the Edge 500 is it's inability to be used to follow courses forward or backwards using the features claimed in the manual. Unlike the Edge 800, the Edge 500 does not show actual street maps, but the manual claims that it does have a turn –by-turn feature for following courses. After many email communications with Garmin telling me what I need to do to create a course with such features, and my replies saying this doesn't work, I finally got a terse email saying that I would have to buy additional software to use the turn-by-turn feature. This is not what the manual or the first three email replies stated. Also, without going into detail, the visual course tract that the Edge 500 does display , and the information on how far off course one is, is not useful for finding one's way because one cannot control zoom at the same time one is following the course. Again, I established this only after many emails telling me how I could do such a thing.

So what use is the GPS feature? Well, on Garmin Connect the GPS data will generate a map of where you have gone, what the course elevation is etc. However, if you know the course you took, you can obtain the same information and more by using the superior free software MapMyRide.com . True you don't have the speed data cadence data etc without a computer, but the GPS isn't what enables one to obtain that data anyway.
saulp at REI on 08/08/2012

Lasted One Month

I was very excited to purchase this as an upgrade to a $50 wireless Cat Eye. I was looking forward to using it to track my rides and for uploading to Strava.

I setup with HRM and cadence. Initially I was excited about the HRM, cadence, and altitude tracking but also didn't like that the unit seemed to struggle with average moving speed.

About one month in I had one of my strongest rides of the year including absolutely nailing some Strava segments but when I got home and tried to upload, it turned out my device had a faulty USB port. I tried everything including switching cables but after talking to a very mediocre customer service person at Garmin, I had to give up on the device.

Not was I was looking for from a nearly $400 purchase. I'm now using the Strava app on my andriod phone and loving it. And I'm more than happy to return to a cheap $50 bike computer that gives me accurate avg moving speed.

I'm very thankful that I bought at REI so I could get the full discount with an easy return. That service was excellent.
Leschi Rider at REI on 01/01/2013

Poor Product

unit is brand new and will not pair with any of the garmin monitors. tried a battery reset and then a battery replace and still nothing. after paying this kind of money very disappointed with garmin support as well. told to return it to the shop or send it back for repair. wow new out of the box and does not work right. don't buy this consider another company. not worth the money or the hassle.
litrebike1000 at REI on 10/10/2011

Take your chance Junk or not

If you believe that I can go 120mph on my bike I have some land for you. Computer will read 0 while going down hill pretty fast. Next time it reads 50+ mph. Sent it back got a refurbished unit same problem. Owned for 8 months worked for 3. Now waiting to hear from them. I expect more for [$] pass this one by.
tomtompiperson at REI on 08/08/2012

Nice Features, bad HR monitor

For a product this expensive, garmin should solve their issues with the HR transmitter.
BikerBen at REI on 05/05/2012