Garmin Edge 500 Bike Computer with Cadence and Premium Heart Rate Monitor (Red)
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- Advanced heart rate-based calorie computation -
- ANT+ power meter compatible - ANT+ wireless technology: wirelessly connect to heart rate monitor, GSC 10 speed/cadence bike sensor or ANT+ enabled power meter
- Garmin Connect: log activities, set goals and share workouts in our online fitness community at GarminConnect
- Barometric altimeter: for precise climb and descent data - Zone training: heart rate zone training, supports five heart rate zones, seven power zones
- Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion - Battery life: up to 18 hours
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Sharpen your cycling performance with Edge 500, a lightweight GPS-based bike computer for performance-driven cyclists. Loaded with data, Edge 500 tracks your distance, speed, location and elevation with high sensitivity GPS. Add an ANT+™ compatible heartrate monitor, speed/cadence sensor or compatible power meter for a finely-tuned analysis of your ride.
Jumpstart Your Training
The Edge 500 attaches easily to the stem or handlebars of your bike with its low-profile bike mount. The Edge attaches easily to the mount with a simple quarter-turn. When you're ready to ride, just power on your Edge, acquire GPS satellites and go. Edge 500 features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix® satellite prediction to calculate your position faster.
Get the Data You Need
During your ride, Edge 500 measures your speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent, and records this data for your review. For extra-precise climb and descent data, Edge 500 also incorporates a barometric altimeter to pinpoint changes in elevation.
All Edge 500 versions work with third-party ANT+-enabled power meters to display your power output in watts as you ride. This valuable data shows you how hard you're working, regardless of conditions affecting your ride, so you can train smarter. Some versions also ship with a digital heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor.
Other helpful training features include a Courses feature, which helps you compare successive rides over the same route, as well as Auto Pause, Auto Lap and temperature readings. Edge also alerts you if you’re moving, but the timer is not running.
Track Your Heart Rate
When paired with a heart rate monitor, Edge 500 tracks heart beats per minute and uses your heart rate for advanced calorie computation, so you know how many calories you're burning. Train in a certain heart-rate zone to improve your fitness level or compare your pace and heart rate to past performance over the same ride.
Analyze Your Ride
Once your ride’s done, connect Edge 500 to your computer with the included USB cable to analyze your performance. With a simple click, you can join a worldwide network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts through Garmin Connect™, a one-stop site for data analysis and sharing.
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1. Power the unit on
2. Wait for Satellite Linking
3. Press "Start"
4. Ride your bike/run your course
5. Press "Stop" when finished riding/running
6. Press and hold "Reset" for approximately 2 seconds to save data.
7. Plug into computer via USB, click "sync" in the Garmin Express program
Here’s the one thing: The Garmin product management department, in a spasm of divine inspiration, decided to remove a feature from the 500 that was present in the 305, in order to encourage an up-sell to the Edge 800: The automap.
On the 305, you can press a few buttons and get a line showing where you’ve been since you last turned on the device. If you’re riding around an unfamiliar area, that feature can be a godsend, because it will show you exactly what direction you’re headed, and can help you retrace your steps. For some reason, they ripped all auto-mapping out. Either you run a pre-loaded course, or you have no map. Lame.
That gripe aside, it’s a lovely device. I use it as a kind of pinch-hitter for the iPhone, because if I was to use the iPhone as a primary GPS tracker with an always-on display, the battery would be toast.
Here’s what the Edge 500 gives me: Constant, set-and-forget recording of my location, for the entire day. A trip-timer telling me how long I’ve been on the bike. My speed, and the time, in bright readable numbers, all the time, at-a-glance. How far I’ve traveled for the day. And, as a bonus, a rough estimate of the altitude, and of the ambient temperature. I do not need to poke any buttons to read these things, they’re just there.
Plus, the device synchronizes quickly with standalone software like Ascent or Rubitrack, charges rapidly, and has an impressively secure twist-mount for my handlebars.
And, the battery life is outstanding. I have turned this thing on in the morning, taken it 80 miles on a bicycle, then gone to bed without remembering to turn it off, and found it still gleefully tracking away when I got up in the morning, with the timer at 18+ hours. Let's see an iPhone do that.
Of course, the iPhone and other smartphones put Garmin in a rather awkward position. They think they need to "catch up" by adding smartphone-like features. Color, big fat touchscreens, bluetooth, wifi, yadda yadda... All of these things add bulk, decrease battery life, and make the thing harder to use. In my opinion, the Edge 500 is where Garmin's design peaked, and it's been downhill ever since.